Microsoft is working hard to stay relevant in the cell phone market. In the past few months various sources told that Windows Mobile 6.5 phones would be available in October 2009.Today the software maker has got more specific and announced that first phones running Windows Mobile 6.5 will be launched on October 6 worldwide.It is the first time that these phones will be sold under “Windows Phone” brand.
Microsoft is launching its My Phone service to store and access mobile phone information and the new Windows Marketplace for online app store on the same day. Other noticeable features include redesigned version of IE6 for better browsing experience, Microsoft Office Mobile, built-in FlashLite but has no support for Microsoft’s own Silverlight.
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Microsoft also made public the list of phone maker and operators who will be offering Windows Mobile 6.5 phones. The list according to regions is as under.
· In North America: Mobile operators AT&T, Bell Mobility, Sprint, TELUS and Verizon Wireless, and phone manufacturers HP, HTC Corp., LG Electronics, Samsung and Toshiba Corp.
· In Europe: Mobile operators Orange, Deutsche Telekom AG and Vodafone Group Plc, and phone manufacturers Acer, HTC, LG Electronics, Samsung, Sony Ericsson and Toshiba
· In Latin America: Mobile operator TIM Brazil, and phone manufacturers HTC, LG Electronics and Samsung
· In Asia Pacific: Mobile operators NTT DOCOMO Inc., SOFTBANK Mobile Corp., SK Telecom, Telstra and WILLCOM Inc., and phone manufacturers Acer Inc., HTC, LG Electronics, Samsung, Sony Ericsson and Toshiba
So in five a few weeks you will have a number of Windows phone to choose from. Windows phones will be designed for a variety of users, phones with and without keyboards and touch screens, different prices and a choice of high resolution camera.