Windows Mobile is a relic of the past. Especially compared to Apple’s iPhone operating system, it becomes painfully obvious just how outdated, clunky, and unfriendly Windows Mobile has become. Today, Mictosoft has taken its first step in modernising the platform by releasing a sort of alpha release of Windows Mobile 6.5, with a completely revamped interface.
The new alpha release comes packed with a whole bunch of interface improvements, but underneath it all, it’s still Windows Mobile 6.x. In other words, this is widely regarded as a stop-gap release between Windows Mobile 6.1 and Windows Mobile 7, which will arrive later. Still, there are some interesting interface additions in there, so without further ado, here’s a video of Windows Mobile 6.5. Credit to Engadget.
As you can see, some of the animations are a bit choppy, but it’s stil alpha after all. IE mobile seems to be improved as well, but let’s face it, it’s not as if it could get any worse. Menus are apparently problematic since they don’t support swipe; you need to tap arrows to navigate them. In any case, Microsoft still has some work to do here for 6.5; release is scheduled for the second half of 2009, so they have some time left to work on it.
By the way, what’s up with the word “mobile”? I missed the memo which stated it’s pronounced like “mogul” now. Weird.
I will wait for Android to be ported to my Diamond.
(xda-developers are on it. Calling already works.)
WinMo is so outdated. The hardware of windows phones nowadays is much better than the iPhone but the software just stinks.
The touch-screen variant of WM may be seriously outclassed by Android, iPhone, et al, but the non touch-screen variant is far better than any other non-touch platform I’ve used except maybe the Blackberry.
I switched from a Nokia S60 phone to a technically inferior WM5 smartphone because I found S60 to be slow, unstable and downright painful to use. Not to mention the nightmare that is Symbian programming.
I am a HTC Touch Diamond user and what I think after watching the video is that the TouchFlo guys were working on WM 6.5. And not to mention that it has been shown in a HTC Touch Diamond 2. Anyway, I am also waiting for Android. There are a lot of Win32/managed code things that make it impossible to develop nice TouchFlo-like interface without making them all in unmanaged code. That’s why I am awaiting for Android ROMs and I hope Microsoft to stop wasting money on WinMo. As they say: change the world or go home.
Lets hope the new features in the iPhone, Android, and Pre push Microsoft to increase the competition. Competition is always good for us.
They are still going with the ‘X’ in the corner to close apps. It is tiny too, that just doesn’t make sense to me when you finger is huge in comparison to it.
Also Thom, “mobile” has been pronounced like “mogul” for some time now where I live. I hear both variations.