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In just five weeks, you’ll have a bunch of new Windows phones to choose from. But before we show you some of the cool, new phones that will be coming out, I want to explain how we’re trying to make phones even better with Windows.
When we started work on Windows phones, we met with people all over the world who were likely to buy a smartphone and talked with them about what’s important to them in their phone. Looking at the U.S. market, for example, we found that about 15 million people in the next year will buy a new smartphone.
Of the people we talked to, 74% listed productivity as the top feature they value in their smartphone. We took this feedback to heart, making the user interface more touch friendly and improving notifications and updates from e-mail, text and calendar items. We also included the latest Internet Explorer Mobile browser and added free services like My Phone to help protect data in the event of a lost phone and Windows Marketplace for Mobile for access to a wide variety of applications for direct download.
Interestingly enough, we discovered that most people who carry a Windows phone don’t realize it’s running Windows Mobile. We also heard from many people considering their very first smartphone purchase that they’d very strongly consider a phone running Windows because it’s a brand they know and trust. You’ll see us try to simplify our branding so it’s easier for people to know when they’re carrying a Windows phone and easier to find them in stores.
One thing that was very clear after all these conversations about phones is that there is no “one size fits all” in this market. On Oct. 6th, you’ll see new Windows phones designed for a variety of tastes, needs and price points - with or without keyboards, with or without touch screens, as well as your choice of GPS, accelerometer and high resolution camera. There are a lot of great options and we can’t wait to show them to you. Until then, keep an eye on our partners as they announce details on new Windows phones and where you can find them this fall.
· 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
That's great about the new phones, but the WM 6.5 Touch Friendly user interface is the opposite of adding increased productivity.
If the news phones can perform these usability speed tests faster than the Treo 800w (and all the other phones tested in the YouTube channel), then I might believe you.
Wil upgrade from WM 6.1 to 6.5 be possible ?
Good stuff. I only take note of one part.
"most people who carry a Windows phone don’t realize it’s running Windows Mobile."
Really? What kind of sample group did you use? Did you have a follow up question about the kind of car they drive? Did they say something to the effect of not realizing they were driving a "Ford" either?
Can we update 6.1 to 6.5? I´m from Brazil and I´m a TIM customer.
brilliant!! let's hope we can get them soon in Latin America!!!
Smartphones and now Windows Phones are quite superior than the rest of other options. Windows rocks!!
FYI: the update/upgrade question is one to ask the handset manufacturers and network operators as they're the ones who would offer upgrade builds
It's says WinMo 6.5 will have support for Adobe Flash Lite.
Does it have support for Microsoft's own Silverlight?
If not what are the plans for Silverlight support?
Silverlight becomes more popular in corporate world, since people can leverage existing .NET code.
I think windows mobile 6.5 looks great all though the latest screenshots started to worry me since the bottom bar took up more space as before. I think that is a waste of the display. The windows button is mostly useless since there is a hardware button fot that on every windows mobile phone.
Contacts is useless as well since you can scroll trough the phone options on your today screen. I also hope the lockscreen will provide appointment information, this i haven't seen on any of the videos or screenshots yet.
You cant be serious?Do you really believe productivity is the answer to a new better phone? 80% of people only surf the web/ talk, and listen to music on their phone. If you really want to stand ahead of the pack and create a phone with something different, put a 'video out' on the phone and watch what happens. If my users could plug an adapter into a phone then connect it to a monitor or small screen, now you've got the next handheld PC generation. People buy phones for looks and features. Add this feature and you will be breaking ground selling phones like there is no tomorrow.