Microsoft Unveils Windows Mobile 6

Vista's portable tie-in.

It may not generate the publicity that Vista has but a new version of Windows Mobile has just been officially unveiled for mobile devices.

‘Windows Mobile 6’, previously codenamed ‘Crossbow’, is the linguistically obvious successor to Windows Mobile 5 – the OS which has proliferated smartphones over the last 12 months.

Like any new Windows OS it has had a paint job which marks it out as different-yet-reassuringly-similar to its predecessor and while the changes aren’t huge they are significant for mobile road warriors out there.

Perhaps most notable are the new versions of mobile Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook but also very practical is the support for HTML emails. Microsoft’s heavily invested Windows Live software is also now fully integrated into WM6 and you can transfer files using Windows Live Messenger.

Elsewhere call histories have been integrated into individual contact cards (so you can tell how long it has been since you rang Auntie Ethel) and the enhanced calendar offers daily, weekly, monthly and even yearly views (so you can tell how long it has been since you visited Auntie Ethel). Devices can also now have their data wiped remotely, a vital feature for lost of stolen handsets.

WM6 will debut in three editions: ‘Standard’, ‘Professional’ and ‘Classic’. The first is for smartphones without touch screen interfaces, the second for devices with touch screens and phone capabilities and the last for touch screen PDAs without telephony (do they even exist anymore?).

No details yet of which handsets will be carrying WM6 but it doesn’t take a genius to guess every single new one from HTC while 3GSM next week is likely to throw up some pretty compelling contenders…

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