Microsoft launched the latest
version of its Windows Mobile operating software today. The next generation of
Windows phones will be based on Windows Mobile 6.5, which is designed to
integrate the work PC, home PC and mobile phone allowing users to work across
platforms by uploading information via The Cloud.
Microsoft has introduced a more user
friendly touch screen interface, abandoning the clunky stylus needed to operate
Mobile 6.1. The new OS allows users to play
music, check email, open Word and Excel documents. They can also check their
calendar and text messages and look at their photos.
The software giant has also improved
its Marketplace applications store, which can be accessed from both the phone
and the web. At the moment, there are only 60 applications available in the UK,
but this is expected to increase rapidly.
Other new provisions include My
Phone, a free password protected online backup service, which will sync text
messages, photos, video, contacts and the like to the web. Content from the
phone can be automatically uploaded on to the web, so if it the phone is lost,
everything can be downloaded to a new handset.
UK operators have indicated
that customers with more recent handsets will be able to upgrade from Windows
New phone with Windows 6.5 include
the HTC Touch HD and the LG GM750.