Feeds

Microsoft just wants to be touched

Windows no longer mobile

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications

Microsoft has been showing press the next version of their mobile operating system, with lots of finger control, integration with the cloud, and an application store. A bit like the iPhone. Only not as good.

Microsoft would like the public to call their new version "Windows," though internally they'll still refer to it as Windows Mobile 6.5. Whatever it's called, it has gone very finger-friendly with a new menu structure and a mandated Windows Start button on the outside.

But the changes aren't much more than skin deep. And once you're into the applications, a sharpened fingernail is still needed to tap on notifications in the menu bar or the ubiquitous cross in the top right corner. More interesting is the integrated cloud synchronisation, dubbed MyMobile, and the Microsoft Application Store.

MyMobile, as expected, offers synchronisation of contacts, calendar, and media including photographs and videos as well as archiving content onto Microsoft's servers. The service will be free and those with Windows Mobile 6.1 devices will be able to play too, thanks to a downloadable client. The service should be comparable to MobileMe, only with timed synchronisation rather than pushed updates (Microsoft suggests daily, overnight, syncing), and of course, it's free.

Application Store is still slightly up in the air, with no details of what kind of content will be available beyond applications, but we do know that MyMobile won't backup your purchases, for the moment at least.

Along with the new OS comes a new version of Pocket Internet Explorer - This time, it apparently offers the desktop browsing experience on a mobile phone. But that would surely require Firefox. You do get finger navigation and bigger icons, along with favourites on the start menu - but nothing we've not seen before on Windows Mobile shell replacements. In fact, anyone who's used a replacement shell such as that from Spd - or even the free PointUI - will know what to expect from Windows Mobile 6.5. Combine it with Opera, and you've pretty-much got what Microsoft is offering, only without having to wait until the autumn to get it. ®

HP ProLiant Gen8: Integrated lifecycle automation

More from The Register

next story
Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage
Still doing 'forensics' on the caching layer – Beeb digi wonk
Bring back error correction, say Danish 'net boffins
We don't need no steenkin' TCP/IP retransmission and the congestion it causes
NBN Co adds apartments to FTTP rollout
Commercial trial locations to go live in September
GoTenna: How does this 'magic' work?
An ideal product if you believe the Earth is flat
Samsung Z Tizen OS mobe is post-phoned – this time for good?
Russian launch for Sammy's non-droid knocked back
Telstra to KILL 2G network by end of 2016
GSM now stands for Grave-Seeking-Mobile network
Seeking LTE expert to insert small cells into BT customers' places
Is this the first step to a FON-a-like 4G network?
What FTC lawsuit? T-Mobile US touts 10GB, $100 family-of-4 plan
Folks 'could use that money for more important things' says CEO Legere
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable
Learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.