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Win Mobile 6.6 due in February with capacitive touch?

updated 10:35 am EST, Thu January 14, 2010

One more stopgap before Win Mobile 7

Microsoft plans to release at least one more Windows Mobile 6 version to tide users over until a more meaningful upgrade, a leak says today. The company is purportedly so disappointed with Windows Mobile 6.5 sales since launch that the company is rolling out a 6.6 update in February. It would primarily add native support for capacitive touchscreens, which would give it much more finger-friendly input than the resistive-only 6.5.

It's likely that any such interim release would also involve button layout changes seen in the unreleased Windows Mobile 6.5.1 and 6.5.3 updates, which move the Start button to the bottom and enlarge many of the on-screen buttons to make them easier to hit.

However, the release may be necessary as the contacts for DigiTimes echo rumors that the truly modernized release, Windows Mobile 7, has been delayed until 2011. If true, the push back could represent an embarrassment for Microsoft as it will have been selling variants of Windows Mobile 6 for four years before its major sequel appears. Many of Microsoft's once loyal partners have either shifted more of their focus to Android or dropped Windows Mobile entirely. Others, like HTC, have sought to overcome Windows' weaknesses by replacing much of Microsoft's OS with their own and adding capacitive touch input on their own.

By Electronista Staff


  1. rytc

    Senior User

    Joined: Jan 2001



    MS has really dropped the ball here, a few years ago they had the market to themselves but their lack of innovation or any meaningful response to the likes of the iPhone OS or Android OS has really left them dead in the water.

  1. cmoney

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    Joined: Sep 2000


    Oh Hai!

    Hi Microsoft, welcome to 2007!


  1. Gazoobee

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    Joined: Feb 2009


    smells like ...


    Some hardware partner threatened to walk or something if this didn't happen.

  1. phillymjs

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jun 2000



    ...coat of paint on the outhouse!

  1. iphonerulez

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Nov 2008


    Microsoft is clawing like h***...

    just to keep up with the rest of the industry. And Steve Ballmer liked his plan better than Apple's.

  1. climacs

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    Joined: Sep 2001



    dinosaurs were big and generally mowed down everything in their path... but they disappeared and now the Earth is ruled by the smaller, more nimble and more intelligent homo sapiens.

    OK... dinosaurs and humans did not directly compete (except in the brain-dead skulls of creationists). But I think you get my genetic drift...

  1. Mr. Strat

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    Joined: Jan 2002



    I don't wanna touch it.

  1. iKode

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