Windows Mobile 6.5 Debut Slated For October

According to informations released by Microsoft, Windows Mobile 6.5 will be launched October 6. The revamped platform, according to the report is to feature IE Mobile, and is capable of playing Flash videos from sites such as YouTube. The browser also have capabilities whereby users will be able to zoom and pan with a stylus or with a finger.

The user interface is more touch friendly according to the report, with improved notifications and updates from e-mail, text and calendar items. Also included are the latest Internet Explorer Mobile browser and added free services like 'My Phone' to help protect data in the event of a lost phone and Windows Marketplace for Mobile access to a wide variety of applications for direct download. The service is compared to Apple's MobileMe, and Microsoft said it makes it easier for users to switch devices, or replace a lost smartphone.

Windows Mobile is the third-most used operating system behind Symbian and Research In Motion's BlackBerry platform. However, presently it is facing increased pressure from Apple's iPhone and Google's Android.
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