Please Microsoft, please tell me these are fakes...
Posted by user xaoc747 at the hyperactive XDA Developers' Forum are what appear to be the first official screenshots of the keenly anticipated and much needed upgrade: Windows Mobile 6.5. Now this should be great news, but potentially it really isn't.
The reason for this is they tie-in time perfectly with the other supposed Windows 6.5 image leaks we saw right back in November and they weren't very impressive either. In short, while very Zune-ish (the Zune UI is fine) they don't go anywhere near far enough in catching up the likes of the iPhone's mobile OS X, Google's Android or new contender the Palm Pre's Web OS while the browser UI is truly chill inducing.
Against this is the fact Windows Mobile 6.1 is desperately in need of an upgrade and this does look an improvement on that - just not enough of a one to catch the quantum leaps in usability made by the competition since then. Furthermore, if it is indeed true that both WM6.5 and pocket IE6 won't be offered to existing Windows Mobile 6.1 owners then this could all get rather ugly rather quickly.
Yes indeed Microsoft, you're currently in my good books for the super Windows 7 Beta (now my primary OS) but I'm not feeling warm and fuzzy looking at this.
Still, let's look on the positive side: they could be fakes...