updated 01:55 pm EDT, Mon June 29, 2009
Windows Phone revealed
The Windows Mobile cellular platform is being rechristened as Windows Phone, says Microsoft's French product chief for the software, Audrey Zolghadr. The name change should come with a fall OS update -- formerly known as Windows Mobile 6.5 -- and harmonize the interfaces for updated services including Marketplace, MyPhone and the various Live options, such as Messenger and Hotmail. When it launches the Marketplace should contain some 600 certified applications, a fraction of the approximate 20,000 apps in wide distribution.
In searching for apps people will be able to sort titles according to screen resolution, as well as whether or not touch commands are supported. Buyers should also have access to a 24-hour refund period, and payment linked either to a credit card or a carrier account. Games, such as Maxis' SimCity, may in some cases be available for free, depending on the phone. A deal is said to have been signed with SimCity publisher EA Games.
Phones expected to launch with Windows Phone installed include the HTC Diamond 2 and Diamond Pro 2.