Motorola Executive Outs Windows Mobile 6.5

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Sanjay Jha, the head of Motorola’s mobile device division, revealed the existence of a previously unknown upcoming version of Windows Mobile during an interview with PC Magazine on Thursday.

Windows MobileThe interview focused on the news that Motorola would be dropping both Symbian and its in-house Linux/Java platform in order to focus on devices running Android and Windows Mobile (read more). While commenting on the user experience aspect of smartphones, Jha noted that:

“Windows Mobile 6 has not delivered the experience that I think Apple has been able to deliver, but as you look at the plan that is Windows Mobile 7 and even 6.5, I think there are significant new added features which will help the platform.”

This reference to an upcoming Windows Mobile 6.5 is the first such information about its existence made available to the public. Previously the next known upgrade to Microsoft’s mobile platform was Windows Mobile 7, a major overhaul which was has been repeatedly delayed, most recently until the second half of 2009.

While no other information about Windows Mobile 6.5 has been forthcoming, the version number suggest that while not a full retooling, this new version may be a more significant upgrade than the current Windows Mobile 6.1 represented.


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