updated 01:10 pm EDT, Fri April 17, 2009
Win. Mobile 6.5 on May 11
Microsoft has identified May 11th as the official release date for Windows Mobile 6.5, according to a corporate blog. The date coincides with the opening of Microsoft's TechEd 2009 conference, where developers and IT specialists will be given a demonstration of the OS accompanied by a list of planned changes. TechEd visitors will also have the option of attending separate sessions on v6.5 topics, such as touch and gesture commands.
An updated Windows Mobile may be critical to the software's persistence. Though currently widespread amongst smartphones, the v6.1 OS is threatened by a growing wave of platforms more friendly to touch commands, such as the Apple iPhone and the Palm Pre. Windows Mobile 6.5 has been designed to be easier to use on touch displays, for instance through the accommodation of large icons on the Home screen. Phones preloaded with the OS are not expected until the fall.