A developer willing to break his or her non-disclosure agreement with Microsoft has leaked a copy of the next version of Windows Mobile for Pocket PC to Mobile-review.
As everyone should know, the first devices running this operating system update, code-named Crossbow, won’t debut until after the middle of next year, so the software the Russian-based site was able to examine is still nowhere near ready for release.
Still, development is far enough along to confirm what has been said about it in the past: Crossbow is not going to be tremendously different from Windows Mobile 5.0. Its release has been compared to the change from Windows Mobile 2003 to Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition.
This isn’t to say that Crossbow will be identical to its predecessor. There will be important changes in some areas.
Microsoft Office 2007 and Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 will soon be rolling out, and Windows Mobile needs to be updated in order to be able to work correctly with these applications.
In addition, VoIP support will be a standard part of Crossbow.
Many should be pleased to hear that Microsoft appears to be significantly improving the way system updates are distributed. There will be an application called System Update that will handle this task, apparently allowing the device to get updates directly from Microsoft, rather than waiting for these to funnel through the individual manufacturers.
Also, there have reportedly been small improvements made to almost every part of this operating system. It will have greater support for one-handed usage, for example, and many shorts-cuts have been added to allow users to perform a wide variety of tasks with a built-in keyboard.
All the icons in the application launcher have been jazzed up with a 3D look.
All of Mobile-Review.com‘s comments on the Pocket PC version of Crossbow can be found on its web site. Comments on the version for Smartphone will be available soon.
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