Despite secrecy surrounding Microsoft’s planned launch of an update to Windows Mobile 6 early next year, a large number of screenshots of the new user interface for Windows Mobile 6.1 are now available.
The web site Boy Genius Report has obtained a pre-release GSM Motorola Q9, which came loaded with Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard, the version of the new OS update for smartphones lacking a touchscreen. While no in-depth analysis has been done, the site has posted a large number of screenshots of the update in action.
Some of the obvious changes in Windows Mobile 6.1 include:
- Increased copy/paste support in the WM Standard version
- Threaded text messaging
- Zoomable view in Internet Explorer Mobile
- Addition of a "carousel" menu on Home screen for SMS, missed calls, etc.
- "Recent programs" listed on Start menu of Standard version
It’s unclear when this update will hit the streets, other than some time early next year.
It was previously reported that the finished update would not be released to manufacturers until next year; it is therefore uncertain whether this was incorrect, or if the pre-release GSM Q9 is running a non-final copy of the operating system.
Microsoft has said that the update will be free to its licensees, though that may or may not translate into updates for existing devices.
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