It has been known for some time that Microsoft intends to release an update for Windows Mobile 5.0, but the company has always kept quiet about exactly what will be included in this.
Recently, however, Pieter Knook, Microsoft’s senior vice president for the mobile devices and telecoms sector gave Computerworld some new details on this operating system’s update, code-named Crossbow.
According to Knook, one of the biggest changes in the upcoming version of Windows Mobile will be strong support for Office 2007 and Exchange 12, the word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and email applications that Microsoft is working on now.
Not surprisingly, Crossbow will be able to tie into Office Communicator, a new instant messaging application that will be part of Office 2007.
One of the details on this software update Knook wasn’t willing to give is when it will be released.
Still, he did say that his company tries to keep updating Windows Mobile every year. That’s a hint that Crossbow might be officially unveiled at the Microsoft Mobile & Embedded DevCon (MEDC), coming up next month. It was at MEDC 2005 that Bill Gates took the wraps off the current version of Windows Mobile.
However, Knook also warned that wireless carriers often take months to test a new mobile operating system, so this new operating system version might not be available to users of converged devices for quite some time.