Monday, February 12, 2007

Time marches on in the mobile devices world

Over the last year and a half, I have acquired two mobile devices that use the Windows Mobile 5 operating system. They are now decidedly non-trendy.

Microsoft's Windows Mobile 6, the latest of its fast-growing smartphone operating systems, will offer businesses BlackBerry-like push e-mail for the first time, plus the option of easier-to-update security....

[T]he operating system will be available by June. It's expected to come in three versions compatible with Windows Vista, Microsoft Office 2007, and Microsoft Exchange. For users, it promises features such as HTML e-mails and improved Web search. For businesses, Microsoft says its new mobile operating system will let carriers deliver security updates.

Wireless service providers should also like Mobile 6's built-in application that lets customers use a Windows Mobile 6-enabled smartphone as a laptop modem, with either a Bluetooth wireless or cable connection.

Don't know if the mobile operating systems go through service patch issues similar to the desktop/laptop ones, so I'm not sure if this is a good Christmas idea yet.


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