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The week marches on and today being Saturday means it is time to recap the recent happenings in the world of Windows Mobile. The big rollout of version 6.5 happened this week, and reaction has been predictable. There is a feeling of “too little, too late” […]

windows-mobile-6-5The week marches on and today being Saturday means it is time to recap the recent happenings in the world of Windows Mobile. The big rollout of version 6.5 happened this week, and reaction has been predictable. There is a feeling of “too little, too late” in the early reports about Windows Mobile 6.5. While the new version is much better than the previous incarnation, Microsoft is falling victim to the long dry period between updates. Waiting too long for a platform updates results in high expectations for change.

HTC is showing off the upcoming HD2 phone running Windows Mobile 6.5, and it is already looking like the best Windows phone. The phone is thin and light, and is high powered due to the Snapdragon 1 GHz processor HTC is using. All indications show the HD2 to be the best implementation of Windows Mobile 6.5, although it is early in the game.

The update coincided with the Windows Mobile Marketplace opening for business. The Marketplace is the app store installed on Windows Mobile 6.5 devices, providing a central location to find apps for the new version OS. The Marketplace is only compatible with 6.5 currently, but should come to any device running WM 6.x by the end of the year.

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  1. It’s pretty sad how little they’ve accomplished with the OS itself; the HD2 appears like a fantastic device and that is completely because of what HTC has done, not at all what Microsoft has done.

  2. With rumors swirling that HTC is preparing an Andriod phone, aka the HTC Dragon, running on essentially the same hardware as the HD2, is there a battle shaping up between Windows Mobile and Andriod in the HTC boardroom?

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