In the eight months since Yahoo’s Go strategy was first announced at CES with Ellen DeGeneres and Tom Cruise as cheerleaders, the mobile service has been available only on Symbian-based mobile devices — primarily for Cingular Nokia Series 60s in the U.S.. That should change overnight when a new version that works with Windows Mobile 2003 SE and 5.0 is launched globally; for context, Microsoft says 6 million smartphones were shipped in 2005.
— The suite of services syncs with personalized Yahoo internet content like email, contacts, calendar.
— It should be usable anywhere but has a dozen or so localized versions including U.S., France, UK, India and Indonesia.
— Yahoo already has deals in place with RM, Motorola and Nokia to embed the service on some devices, Motorola will pre-load and feature the service on some handsets in the first half of next year.
— It should be accessible from here in the next few hours.
Related: @ CES 2006: Interview: Marco Boerries, SVP-Connected Life, Yahoo