Microsoft Announces Multi-touch Windows Mobile 6.5.3

February 6, 2010 by  
Filed under Features & Editorials

Now here’s a surprise: Microsoft has quietly released a significant new version of Windows Mobile 6.5 for Sony Ericsson’s upcoming Aspen handset (pictured), ahead of the expected unveiling of WM 7 at Mobile World Congress next week.

Windows Mobile 6.5.3 on the Sony Ericsson Aspen

ZDNet has been sent the official feature list and it’s impressive:

  • Capacitive touchscreen support
  • Platform to enable multitouch
  • Touch controls throughout system (no need for stylus)
  • Consistent Navigation
  • Horizontal scroll bar replaces tabs (think settings>system>about screen)
  • Magnifier brings touch support to legacy applications
  • Simplified out-of-box experience with fewer steps
  • Drag and drop icons on Start Screen
  • (Mobile) Internet Explorer Page load time decreased
  • IE Memory management improved
  • IE Pan & flick gestures smoothed
  • IE Zoom & rotation speed increased
  • Updated runtime tools (.NET CF 3.5, SQL CE 3.1)
  • Arabic read/write document support
  • Watson (error reporting) improvements and bug fixes

Is Microsoft back in the game? Not solely with this, but it is a promising stepping stone for Windows Mobile 7. Let’s hope Microsoft gets its finally gets its act together in the smartphone market. After all, the more competition the better…

Heaven Help Us: US Army Adopts Vista

May 26, 2009 by  
Filed under Features & Editorials

Is the World’s most powerful army really using Vista?

That is indeed the terrifying news coming out of Washington this month after the official ‘Army News Service’ admitted it is “migrating all of its Windows-based computers to Microsoft’s Vista operating system to bolster Internet security and standardize its information systems.”

Vista isn’t the only change however as Office 2003 is being swapped out for Office 2007 after the rule was – military speak time: “mandated in a Fragmentary Order published Nov. 22, 2008. It was sent out Army-wide as FRAGO 2 to Department of the Army Executive Order 056-05.”

Typing & Grand Turismo now core army skills

Typing & Grand Turismo now core army skills

Training will begin on the 2 ½ year old operating system and productivity suite immediately.

In all fairness Vista with two service packs now under its belt is a much more compliant animal but still why the US military would want an OS which is targeted by almost every virus on the planet is beyond me. Haven’t these guys heard of Linux? Perhaps a custom build?

Ho hum.

Anyway, hackers across the globe unite: the US military has now advertised that a) it is running one of the most insecure operating systems in the world and b) most of its staff don’t know how to use it.

Just don’t re-route the nukes over London please…

Army Press Release

Windows Phone Beta (WM 6.5)

March 1, 2009 by  
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While businesses still hold loyal to Windows Mobile there is no doubt it has lost end user credibility in recent years. So is the latest edition more than a fancy piece of rebranding?

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Just the Bad Points Review: Windows Phone Beta

This could take a while…

Not the Upgrade We Were Looking For...

Not the Upgrade We Were Looking For...

  • Underneath Windows Phone is still built upon the same core as Windows Mobile 5, this is evolution not revolution
  • The majority of changes are superficial designed to make it more finger friendly, such as the ‘honeycomb’ homescreen
  • Despite this you are all too quickly back into Windows Mobile 6.1 layouts requiring use of a stylus (HTC has done better skinning with TouchFLO)
  • Poor design: permanent vertical scroll bars remain eating up precision screen real estate despite touch & rocker scrolling
  • IE Mobile may render pages better (and with Flash support) but the layout is still clumsy and fills up too much of the screen
  • Windows Mobile Player has no Zune integration and no improvements from 6.1 making it just as useless and limited in codec support as its predecessor. This is not a natively media friendly operating system
  • No multi-touch support
  • Performance is slow with scrolling (particularly on the homescreen) choppy and apps slow to load (let’s hope this gets ironed out before the final release)
  • No support for capacitive touchscreens as seen in the iPhone 3G, T-Mobile G1 and exciting Palm Pre, meaning a restriction to more imprecise and less responsive resistive touchscreens only
  • The bigger onscreen virtual keyboard is troublesome because of this restriction
  • Microsoft won’t offer Windows Mobile 6.1 users an update to Windows Phone directly, the decision is left to each individual network provider
  • Windows Phone isn’t scheduled to arrive until Q4 2009 which means it will arrive after the Palm Pre, second generation Android handsets and the third generation iPhone

Windows Mobile 6.5 Screenshots

January 30, 2009 by  
Filed under Features & Editorials

Could Microsoft really be about to serve up something this 2006 as it’s next generation 2009 smartphone OS? Please Redmond, don’t undo all the good will you earned from Windows 7 so fast…

A face only a Ballmer could love?

A face only a Ballmer could love?