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Today’s the day – new Windows phones are available worldwide! We’re thrilled to share this moment with our hardware partners and mobile operators who are bringing new Windows phones to market today and into the holiday season. In fact, we expect our partners will deliver more than 30 new Windows phones in over 20 countries by end of this year alone. To find out which phones are available for your country/region and carrier, check out the initial list here!
The virtual walls between work and play are crumbling. In a recent Omnibus survey in the U.S., survey respondents told us mobile phones help them bridge the gap between their personal and professional lives. Sixty eight percent of mobile phone users say they use their mobile phone for personal purposes while at work or school. Sixty-three percent of adults make social plans at work or school, Fifty-two percent take pictures and send them to friends, and forty-three percent would starve without their mobile phones (they use them to order meals).
Bottom line is people want great phone experiences wherever they are. They have come to expect rich communications from their Windows phone, from doing real work on their mobile phones using PowerPoint, Word and Excel, to staying connected in their social lives through support for Windows Live messaging, the new MySpace application for Windows phone and photo sharing across other major social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook and Flickr. We’ve also worked hard to deliver a browsing experience in new Windows phones that displays Web pages on the phone similar to the desktop and provides support for Adobe Flash Lite so people can view Flash-based video content right on their phones.
People also want the ability to get stuff done with the confidence that comes from a Windows phone. The Omnibus research revealed that more than eighty percent of adults who own a mobile phone would be willing to offer an award if they lost it. With this in mind, today we are unveiling My Phone, a free service that syncs data from a phone -- like pictures, music and text messages -- to a Web portal for safe keeping. If a phone is stolen, left behind, sandwiched between couch cushions or otherwise lost, My Phone can locate it, ring it (even if on vibrate), lock it or wipe it clean of personal information. And when you buy a new Windows phone, My Phone will restore contacts, photos, videos and messages right back to the new device.
Finally, people want a phone that meets their specific needs. They want to choose a phone that is unique to them, with the apps that matter to them, that is capable of connecting them with the people and information that matter to them – that reflects their unique lives, styles and lifestyles. Windows phones give people the choice of a broad selection of form factors from sleek, touch screen devices to full QWERTY keyboards. They have access to a wide range of quality applications for work and play through the Windows Marketplace for Mobile. And they can change the look and feel of their phones with personal themes for their Windows phone with a quick visit to the Custom Theme Creator, or choose from designer themes available from icons Diane Von Furstenberg, Vera Wang, Isaac Mizrahi, Rock&Republic and Ron Arad.
As you can see, I’m super excited about new Windows phones hitting stores today. They represent a significant step forward in helping people work better and play happier through the phone that connects them — to their information, to other devices, to their worlds and to each other. I encourage you to find the new Windows phone that fits your needs and style today.
More information about Windows Marketplace for Mobile and My Phone, plus a wide array of videos, screen shots and much more are available on PressPass.
I think that the new OS look particularly familiar......the iPhone ring a bell? Even their new service is called "my phone" haha like how can you be so obvious to copy apple? "The iPhone has no hope of gaining a true foothold in the cellphone marketplace"-Steve Balmer what now? Last I checked the iPhone has more market share than windows mobile. I think its so funny that Microsoft has gone and copied the iPhone now.
Living the smartphone dream...
I guess you could say I was chasing the smartphone dream. I sure thought it would be nice to reduce the number of devices I was carrying around with me. I can have a GPS, Internet, Phone (with a decent keyboard) and a portable media player in one device? Please take my money.
Now I have a smartphone and I guess I'm less than thrilled. The phone, right out of the box, is sluggish and feels slow. I would say I have to soft reset almost once a day due to some lock-up or general unresponsiveness. The internet experience is ok, but not even close to a desktop experience. The overall performance of the email/text messaging is so bad that most of the time I actually long for my last phone - I could actually read and respond to a message using T9 on my old phone faster than the text messaging software even loads up and shows me the message on my smartphone. As far as finding applications to add to it, I guess I can say that there sure is a lot of them, but a lot don't seem to work very well and all of them suffer by sharing in the phone's overall difficult to use UI.
In case you haven't guessed yet - Its a windows mobile phone. I couldn't be more disappointed - my phone does everything I wanted it to, but it doesn't do a single one of them thing well. The UI pretty much requires a stylus to navigate (flashback to when iPaqs were actually cool). You can try and operate it with your finger, but the accuracy isn't good enough and the design of the UI clearly only focuses on working with the stylus – especially all the tiny buttons along the edges and corners. Even a lot of lower priced phones (barely smartphones at all) have better touch response and better overall performance than my smartphone.
Let be clear about what I'm not - I'm not some sort of anti-Microsoft shill, in fact I choose a windows mobile phone based on what I thought was a focus on better UI and customer experience from MS in general (especially the core OS and Office teams.) What I've found is that windows mobile is so far behind what people expect, and not even close to what they want. I have a hard time finding anyone now who tells me they love their windows mobile phone - especially anyone who has used one of the other "smart" phones.
At this point I actively recommend against any windows mobile device whenever anyone mentions they're shopping for a new phone. I hope I've saved my friends a few headaches by steering them to different non-windows phones.
I could continue on, addressing the sub-par media player, the unbelievably slow and buggy synchronization, the poor bluetooth performance and more awful UI but I think this is enough to get the point across.
I am somewhat confident that this post will be removed, and I am understanding of why you might do so, but I hope that what this represents - a disappointment and dissatisfaction of a technophile user who is trying to ring the warning bell "Windows mobile will be irrelevant - in the not too distant future unless it re-invents itself as a serious player" and I've seen no indication that this is true.
Don't worry about them reading the reviews. MS knows 6.5 stinks. Ballmer basically said so in public. Plus, they moved the guy who was in charge over to the MACBU, which should be interesting since they stink already.
kangsu (and others): You can download a feature comparison at this site.
More specifically, the direct link is www.insidewindowsphones.com/.../WindowsMobile-Feature-Comparison-Chart.pdf.
By the way, upon posting the above comment I got the following page presented to me:
"Sorry, there was a problem with your last request!
Either the site is offline or an unhandled error occurred. We apologize and have logged the error. Please try your request again or if you know who your site administrator is let them know too."
Like I know who "my" site administrator is? Very humorous!
I want to unsubscribe from the newsletter, the link in the mail gets me to a page that will not let me do so:
It links to a page where I can edit all my profile details, except there is only one reply to the do I want the newsletter question, and it is a Yes checkbox. Upon unchecking it I get an error telling me it is required!
(I have no clue where to report this, as the MS automated chat would have me run around in your QA and press info for hours. I hope you can give word to the right people.)
kangsu: Well, there's the max-32MB-memory-per-application feature. So if you get the brand new HTC Touch HD2 with 448 MB RAM, you have now over 400MB of memory you can't use!
Also, there's the max-32-processes-total feature.After the thing has started you might even have a few slots left so you can multitask a few apps on that 1Ghz CPU.
What century are you guys living in ?
Did you guys see the reviews of WM 6.5? Please.
WM is going the way of the dinasaur if you guys dont wake up to the realities of mobile phones today....
It will be great when inking is brought back to Office Mobile, like inside OneNote and Word specifically.
I have two ATT Incite phones with Windows Mobile 6.5 installed. Where do I download the new Windows Mobile Marketplace application?
I can't seem to find the download link anywhere.
Basic things like this being so confusing to do is really why Windows Mobile fails so often. please help!
Is there a full feature list for WM6.5? Not just the UI features, but everything. The UI features seem pretty scarce, but I figure there are probably quite a few backend/phone features that are not so visible.