Microsoft to launch more than 30 Windows Mobile 6.5 devices by end of year
A Microsoft employee says there will be more than 30 smartphones shipping with Windows Mobile 6.5 by the end of 2009.
Earlier in September,that the first batch of smartphones running would start shipping on October 6. Since then, we've already learned the identities of some of the devices, including the and the . it will introduce three new Windows Mobile phones in the next few weeks, and Samsung has with Windows Mobile 6.5. Not a bad showing, but it looks like it's only the beginning.
According to Benjamin Tan, senior director of the GCR Mobile Team Unit at Microsoft China, there will more than 30 smartphones running on Windows Mobile 6.5 by the end of 2009. Tan told a group of reporters that the devices would come from more than 15 handset manufacturers. In addition to the companies mentioned above, HP, Acer, and Toshiba have voiced their support for Microsoft's mobile OS as well as carriers worldwide, including
In fact, Verizon Wireless has already confirmed that it will offer a WM 6.5 upgrade for the
While the merits of Windows Mobile 6.5 have yet to be seen in real-world testing, it's still nice to see a new crop of devices added to the mix. Microsoft has been noticeably absent during a busy summer where Apple, Palm, and Google dominated the headlines.
While well-known as a business-friendly platform, Windows Mobile has been criticized for its sluggishness and unintuitive user interface and thedon't help, but in the meantime, Microsoft hopes the new touch-friendly interface, improved Internet Explorer Mobile Web browser, and additional services (My Phone backup service and Windows Marketplace for Mobile) of WM 6.5 will lure in more consumers. Microsoft will also start selling the handsets under the " " brand instead of Windows Mobile.