I took a few minutes to speak with Loke Uei Tan about Windows Mobile 6.5 and the Windows Mobile Marketplace. Loke Uei is a Senior Technical Product Manager with the Windows Mobile team. His main focus is on developer experience, right from the first line of code through to the Windows Marketplace sales experience. Video of the interview will be available in a few days.
When talking about Microsoft’s impending foray into app sales, it’s impossible to avoid the obvious comparison with the iTunes App Store. Apple has been taking some flak lately, mostly around the opaque application approval process. Microsoft is working hard to avoid these issues, and has published their policies around applications and content (see the sidebar). They go as far as documenting cultural requirements around applications released to particular countries (e.g. Muslim, Hindu, and Christian taboos).
The Microsoft Mobile Marketplace goes live on October 6th (7th for us here in New Zealand), in 21 markets. Initially, you’ll need a device running Windows Mobile 6.5 to access the marketplace, but Loke Uei explains that compatibility will be extended back to WM6.0 and 6.1 devices over time.
On the Windows Mobile 6.5 front, Loke Uei points out a couple of major changes, being a more finger-friendly interface, and a more capable version of Mobile Internet Explorer. Still no capacitive touch screens however, which is entirely up to the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).
Stay tuned for video.
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Loke Uei Tan talks to us about Windows Mobile 6.5 at Microsoft Tech.Ed New Zealand 2009
Ben Gracewood at Tech.Ed New Zealand 2009: revenge of the booth babes
Booth Babes at Tech.Ed New Zealand 2009
Comment by Parsley, on 15-Sep-2009 13:35
Not entirely up to the OEMs. Windows CE / Mobile don't contain any support for capacitive screens, so if you want to make one you have to do a lot of the support yourself. The Navman MY500XT that you reviewed has a capacitive screen running on Windows CE 5.0 with a custom UI, but using it with Windows Mobile is much harder because so much of the current UI (WinMo 6.1) relies on having a resistive screen.
Maybe Windows Mobile 6.5 will improve the UI to the point where it becomes easy to support a capacitive screen...