The latest version of Windows Mobile operating system, version 6.5, will become widely available in new devices from October 6, Microsoft has announced.
Microsoft says that phones running the new version boast an improved, easy-to-use user interface, better browsing capabilities and access to services such as Windows Marketplace for Mobile and Microsoft My Phone.
‘A Windows phone gives people a single phone that works for their whole life, keeping them connected to the people and information they care most about by harnessing the power of the PC, phone and Web,’ said Todd Peters, corporate vice president of the Mobile Communications Marketing Group at Microsoft.
In the UK, Mobile operators Orange and Vodafone, and phone manufacturers Acer, HTC, LG Electronics, Samsung, Sony Ericsson and Toshiba will offer the new products.
Phones using the Windows Mobile operating system offer a wide range of functions – comparable to Apple’s iPhone – but earlier versions have met with a mixed reception. Microsoft aims to improve on this with their latest release, and build on the strength of its familiar Windows brand.
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