By February 13, 2007

Windows Mobile 6 now official

Everyone has been talking about Windows Mobile 6 for a while but it’s now official, Microsoft released the following press statement at 3GSM:

Microsoft today unveiled Windows Mobile 6, the newest version of its mobile software platform. By improving usability and adding support for Microsoft Office features previously available only on PCs, Microsoft Windows Mobile 6 delivers to the small screen a familiar and rich experience that meets the needs of work and life while on the go, all with
a single device.

“A work force that is both mobile and connected is becoming essential for business success,” said Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft. “That’s why we’re integrating innovative mobile technologies into all our key products, with Windows Mobile as the centerpiece.”

Windows Mobile 6 delivers the ability to view e-mails in their original rich HTML format with live links to Web and SharePoint(R) sites, which means text and images are displayed as they would be on a PC, and are available from a corporate e-mail server such as Exchange Server 2007, from Web-based accounts such as Windows Live(TM) Hotmail or from a myriad of other popular service providers. Windows Mobile 6 also includes Windows Live for Windows Mobile, which provides customers with a rich set of Windows Live services. For example, now through Windows Live Messenger, people can chat with more than one person at one time, express themselves through animated figures, quickly send a file or image, or record and send voice notes.

The newest version of the platform offers the most genuine Microsoft Office system experience in the mobile versions of Office Outlook, Office Word, Office Excel(R) and Office PowerPoint(R) by bringing capabilities once available only on the PC versions of these products to the small screen. This allows users to neatly view, navigate and edit Word documents and Excel spreadsheets in their original formatting, without affecting tables, images or text, and to view PowerPoint presentations on their device.

All Windows Mobile 6 powered devices include Direct Push Technology for up-to-date e-mail delivery and automatic synchronization of Outlook calendars, tasks and contacts through Microsoft Exchange Server. Windows Mobile 6 also offers a set of important device security and management features that include the capability to remotely wipe all data from a
device should it be lost or stolen, helping ensure that confidential information remains that way.

By the second quarter of this year, the world will see the first Windows Mobile 6 powered devices available on the market. In Europe, Orange plans to deliver the SPV E650 smartphone from HTC, and in Japan, SoftBank Mobile Corp. will offer new devices from Toshiba and HTC. And in the United States, the popular T-Mobile Dash will be updated with Windows Mobile 6 and be available in the coming months. Current T-Mobile Dash owners will also be able to upgrade existing devices with Windows Mobile 5.0 to Windows Mobile 6.

Scores of additional mobile operators and device makers from around the globe, including Cingular Wireless, now the new AT&T, Chunghwa Telecom, Dopod International Corp., HP, LG Electronics, Motorola Inc., Palm Inc., Samsung, Sprint, Telefonica, Toshiba, Verizon Wireless and Vodafone, plan to ship Windows Mobile 6-based devices this year. Many of these partners are expanding large existing portfolios of Windows Mobile powered

“In a highly sophisticated mobile market such as Japan, people are turning to powerful and intuitive mobile devices to stay competitive in the business world,” said Ted Matsumoto, executive vice president of technology and chief strategy officer at SoftBank. “We continue to work with Microsoft to equip SoftBank Mobile customers with the most cutting-edge tools in mobile technology and are excited that they will be able to experience the enhanced features and functionality of Windows Mobile 6 on two new smart devices from Toshiba and HTC.”

Users of the Microsoft Office system on the PC – of which there are nearly 400 million worldwide – will feel right at home with the new mobile versions of Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint available for Windows Mobile 6 powered devices. Windows Mobile 6 addresses extensive user feedback and makes information management easier and more convenient
through the following improvements:

— Better-looking e-mail. Users view e-mail the way it was intended with
its original pictures, tables and formatting, whether from a corporate
e-mail server such as Exchange Server 2007, Web-based accounts such as
Windows Live Hotmail or Yahoo! Mail, or a wide range of other service

— Ease of viewing and editing of Office system documents. The new Office
Mobile suite, built for all Windows Mobile powered devices, gives
users a truly familiar and powerful experience with rich viewing and
editing capabilities, without having to worry about the deletion of
critical formatting and images.

— E-mail management and setup with fewer clicks. Nine new one-click
options have been added, including Reply All, setting a flag, moving a
message to a subfolder, and, of course, Delete. Users can set an
automatic out-of-office reply while on the road when using a Windows
Mobile 6 powered device and Exchange Server 2007.

— Synchronization with Windows Vista. Windows Vista(TM) and the Windows
Mobile Device Center take the guesswork out of managing a device and
swapping music, pictures, movies and Outlook information between PC
and the device.

— Smart calendar bar. This innovative new feature gives users the
ability to understand at a glance the day or week ahead and quickly
determine open time on their schedules. With Exchange Server 2007,
they can see who is attending a meeting and forward or reply to
meeting requests.

— Web search, e-mail, instant messaging (IM) and blogging all together.
Windows Live for Windows Mobile will provide customers with a rich set
of services including Windows Live Hotmail, Windows Live Messenger,
Live Search and Windows Live Spaces, uniquely designed to work with
Windows Mobile software. Users can also find all their contacts in one
unified list and see presence information on their Windows Live
Messenger contacts.

— Contacts with context. Call history is now placed where it belongs, in
each individual contact card, so people spend less time searching and
more time communicating.

“T-Mobile is excited to make it even easier for our customers to stay connected to the people that matter most with the increased functionality delivered by Microsoft Windows Mobile 6,” said Cole Brodman, senior vice president and chief development officer at T-Mobile USA. “The T-Mobile Dash is already one of our best-selling smartphones, so we’re thrilled to improve on an already great communications experience for our customers.”


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