Microsoft has announced the launch of Windows Mobile 6.5, making waves with its new Windows Phone branding for mobile devices based on the new operating system.
With a Windows phone, people can navigate their handset easily with the touch of a finger and browse the Internet on a mobile browser that offers a desktop-like experience. People can also connect to two new services that allow them to back up and share data from their phone to the Web and buy a variety of useful applications from the Windows Marketplace for Mobile.
“The release of Windows Mobile 6.5 opens an exciting new chapter in mobility for Microsoft and delivers the features users want most from their phones – choice, ease of use, and great applications for work or for play, says Ursula Lawgun, Windows Mobile Channel Manager, Microsoft New Zealand.
“Never before has Microsoft offered such a compelling mobile phone offering, across such a broad range of devices. A Windows phone lets people take their entire world of digital information, communications, applications and entertainment with them wherever they go.”
The company says with a Windows phone, people can rely on their phone to balance their lives, from work to home to play. Whether it’s editing a document or sharing several vacation updates through a social networking application, Windows phones help people stay connected to people and information.
Users of this new platform will access a new enhanced Windows Live experience with What’s New feeds and improved Windows Live photo sharing across major social networking sites (such as Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and Flickr).
Business users have the ability to use PowerPoint and open and edit Word and Excel documents from their phone with Microsoft Office Mobile.
Media lovers can sync files on the phone through Windows Live Media Manager and play media files seamlessly with Windows Media Player.
A redesigned Windows Internet Explorer mobile browser with Adobe Flash Lite brings the mobile Web browsing experience closer to what people have come to expect from their personal computer.
To coincide with the launch of Windows Mobile 6.5, Microsoft is debuting two new services.
My Phone is a free service that helps people manage and back up the invaluable information stored on their phone and provides peace of mind. My Phone automatically synchronizes the specific types of a phone’s content the user chooses — from contacts and appointments to texts, photos and more — to a password-protected Web site. People can also publish their photos from the My Phone Web site or their phone directly to Windows Live, Facebook, MySpace and Flickr.
Also launching today is Windows Marketplace for Mobile, which offers people an easy way to find and purchase high-quality mobile applications for both work and play, while creating a new opportunity for developers to reach millions of people using Windows phones worldwide.
People will have access to not only important line-of-business applications for work, but also popular mobile applications for play such as Facebook and MySpace, as well as leading game titles including Sudoku, “Guitar Hero World Tour” and the “PAC-MAN” series, all of which can be easily purchased and installed directly on a Windows phone. All purchased applications are certified by Microsoft to run on Windows phones and are backed by a simple return policy.