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…

Windows Phone Beta (WM 6.5)

March 1, 2009 by  
Filed under Reviews

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