Microsoft confirms Windows Mobile 6.5.3 release

Microsoft has confirmed the existence of Windows Mobile 6.5.3 and possibly its imminent release too in documentation provided for developers.

On Microsoft's Windows Mobile Developer Center an entry appears detailing Widget development for Windows Mobile. "Beginning with the Windows Mobile 6.5.3 release, touchable tiles replace soft keys" is stated in the first paragraph. Windows Mobile 6.5.3 builds have been leaking left, right and centre over at XDA-Developers for months but Microsoft has kept a tight lip about its plans. There were rumours that the software giant may name the next point release, designed to add better touch functionality, Windows Mobile 6.7.

WMexperts notes the timing is suspicious. Microsoft's CEO, Steve Ballmer, is due to kick off a CES keynote next Wednesday and we firmly believe the company will detail the point release during CES. Ballmer is also due to hold a joint press conference with LG and Sprint shortly after the keynote where it's rumored a WiMax smart phone will be unveiled.

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why r people bothering with these releases when ballmer even said its not exactly what they wanted to release.
and even more important is why r they releasing and servicing these poor releases.
everyone, wait for 7
microsoft, do it right the first time from now on... on wait we been telling u that since windows 95

Um... Windows Mobile 6 needed an update regardless, and by making a release Microsoft may have slowed the loss in market share some as well. Releasing 6.5 was smart business, whether everyone understands that or not.

Oh snap! This is what I was holding out for. I wasn't sure if the HD2 would be able to get WM7, but now that it is, not to mention it just got a SSPL out as well, the HD2 just jumped up on my to buy list.

It's right after a new TV right now.

Pointless, everyone is waiting for Windows Mobile 7. Why do they even bother updating and developing 6.5? Why spend money and resources on something like this. The only difference I noticed in 6.5.3 are buttons on the bottom, which is kinda hard to get used to and somehow enlarged menus/checkboxes/items so it seems more finger friendly. But it's still the same old ugly interface. With all the addons like MobileShell, TouchFlo3D, Sense and so on you rarely see these changes anyway. They should just focus on 7.

There are hell lot of people/business who rely on windows mobile...WM7 will be released...but that doesnt mean that they shouldnt do anything with WM

Development for Windows 7 happened, but at the same time they gave us good Vista SP1 & SP2...did they stop providing the updates to customers saying that you need to wait until windows 7?

What's wrong with working on a updated, more finger friendly version for all the 6.x phones? At this point it's looking like winmo7 probably won't run on phones out now, so why not tweak and make 6.x better for all the users out there?

That's different, that's drivers and security updates and stuff. Basically no new functionality. All I'm saying is that 6.1 was old, 6.5 gave us a new start menu and 6.5.3 will give us bigger menus. Big whoop.

And for alot that's a big deal? If you don't care then the same logic should apply to say, android 1.5 and 1.6, big whoop there as well?

I'm not familiar with Android, never used it. My point is, Microsoft is trying to fix something that's already been fixed by HTC, Samsung and other companies that developed a better interface basically for all Windows Mobile 6.x phones.

Koki.v3 said,
That's different, that's drivers and security updates and stuff. Basically no new functionality. All I'm saying is that 6.1 was old, 6.5 gave us a new start menu and 6.5.3 will give us bigger menus. Big whoop.

Get a clue before you speak. 6.5 gave us way more than just a start menu, just as 6.5.3 will give us more than just "bigger menus".

Also for the record, generally speaking a company has a separate team working on their new product to the team working on their service packs and updates for the existing product. Why shouldn't they continue to provide updates for 6.5? It is after all gonna continue to be on sale for around a year. Customers want a current OS, not a stagnant OS that's been out for a year.

Do you think Apple should stop working on updates for it's 3.x iPhone OS and tell everyone to wait for 4.x?

GP007 said,
What's wrong with working on a updated, more finger friendly version for all the 6.x phones? At this point it's looking like winmo7 probably won't run on phones out now, so why not tweak and make 6.x better for all the users out there?

Exactly.

Koki.v3 said,
That's different, that's drivers and security updates and stuff. Basically no new functionality. All I'm saying is that 6.1 was old, 6.5 gave us a new start menu and 6.5.3 will give us bigger menus. Big whoop.

I'd say it was a bit more involved than that... And touch friendliness is important regardless.

Havent we heard abut this a good month ago (around the time when the HD2 was released), and was said this release would be more frienldy towards capacitive screens?


Yes, but this is the first time the existence of 6.5.3 has actually been acknowledged by Microsoft. Before we just had unofficial leaks.

oh, really?

This will never change: MS needs a good ass kick (Android/iPhone/Symbian this time) to start to do smth...

M_Lyons10 said,
Huh?

it is pretty obvious what cpu said; that Microsoft doesn't start improving until the competition starts to challenge their dominance; and he gave iPhone/Android/etc as examples of competition that has forced Microsoft to improve their product.