No Windows Mobile 6.1 Upgrades for Current iPAQs

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Last week, Microsoft formally unveiled Windows Mobile 6.1, the latest version of its operating system for handhelds and smartphones.

Naturally, the owners of current devices are anxious to know if and when updates for their units will be released.

Unfortunately, there’s bad news for users of HP’s latest iPAQs. Responding to a question from Brighthand, Mike Hockey, Hewlett-Packard’s Worldwide Public Relations Manager, said:

HP will not be offering an operating system upgrade for currently shipping HP iPAQ devices beyond what ships on the device today — Microsoft Windows Mobile 6. 

This decision comes after having evaluated the potential for delays in firmware and software updates, device recertification, and carry-over costs to our customers that are often associated with an operating system upgrade.

HP is committed to continuing its long-standing relationship with Microsoft and will deliver HP iPAQs with Windows Mobile 6.1 at a future date.


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