Microsoft Launches Windows Mobile 6.1

At CTIA Wireless 2008, Robbie Bach unveiled new features for an update to Windows Mobile, which includes enhanced features for socializing like threaded text messaging and features for simpler navigation. He also announced Microsoft's plans to bring desktop-grade Web browsing experience to the Windows Mobile phone with an upcoming version of Internet Explorer Mobile.

Updates and new phones are expected to be available beginning in the second quarter of 2008. IE Mobile will be available to mobile phone partners in the third quarter of 2008 with the first Windows Mobile phones using the new version to be available by the end of 2008.

For Windows Mobile phones used in businesses, System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008 is now available.

The Microsoft Mobile Services Plan (MMSP) was also announced today in partnership with AT&T, O2, Orange, TaTa Teleservices Ltd. and Verizon Wireless. The plan will help businesses with:

· Securing Windows Mobile phones with the same ease and flexibility as Windows-based PCs and providing access to information behind a company's firewall.
· Helping businesses meet their mobile device management needs through mobile operators with the MMSP.
· Managing and securing phones with Exchange Server 2007 SP1 advanced mobile policies while enabling people to find, share, and use information no matter where they are

View: Microsoft Press Release

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xda developers forum have been making "homecooked" 6.1 roms for quite some time (think its 2 months now)
you dont need your phone manufacturer to release the rom, there are far better rom alternatives out there.

are there any cooked roms for the MDA Vario II yet? i'm still using the wm6 version "blackshadow", its been solid for over a year!

Too bad that not all phone companies will be releasing the update unless it comes as a part of Windows Update..!

The new home screen is ok but not that useful for power users anyways. If you need real UI enhancements then go try the SPB Shell v2. Works like a charm.

I couldn't agree with you more on your statement about SPB Mobile Shell 2.0. It's AWESOME, and the 3D transitions even run smoothly on my T-Mobile Wing. I would really like the threaded SMS messages, though. I'd like to try one of the home-cooked ROMS, but there doesn't seem to be any out there that are clean. That is, they all have a bunch of stuff that I don't want preinstalled.

I just hope HP updates their phones with this. The Microsoft press release states that it made its way to carriers but I purchased a iPaq 510 Voice Messenger directly from them (Best phone I have ever owned including the Pocket PC ones)


and as NeoFlye said about mobility anytime I can even see that using WM6 where all of the contacts on messenger are updated on the phone so have one contact list with phone numbers on the cell and im'g on the PC or anywhere else then transfering to your TV at home (I use a dedicated Media Center for the home theater)

I can see the start of having access to your media anywhere also prob in the next 5 years you will have access to all your music, movies and recorded TV on all the devices that MS has software on Zune, Xbox, Media Center, PC's and Windows Mobile Phones also if you have guest access on another persons device

It's more than a small update for someone like me. The threaded SMS (finally!) alone is worth it. I'm very happy to hear that Motorola plans on releasing an update for the Q9H I just recently purchased.

Yeap...Wm 6.1 is a minor update...and i think performance & stability has been increased in this version , plus little new UI for the home/today screen...

WM7 will have a huge UI overhaul..and cant wait for that fish screensaver (water rings when you touch the screen, as if you touch the real water)!! (orginally available for Microsoft Surface!!)

Good to hear they have an update. Microsoft still has work to do to compete with the iPhone. Symbian which most American's have not used or heard of is huge in Europe. It will be interesting to see what happens in the smartphone arena. As I said in my blog the future is mobility anytime, anywhere connectivity to the internet and those whom you wish to mantain contact with.

(NeoFyLe said @ #1)
Good to hear they have an update. Microsoft still has work to do to compete with the iPhone. Symbian which most American's have not used or heard of is huge in Europe. It will be interesting to see what happens in the smartphone arena. As I said in my blog the future is mobility anytime, anywhere connectivity to the internet and those whom you wish to mantain contact with.

Huh? Almost every phone I've seen lately in the USA that isn't low end is running Symbian OS on it... except for the iPhone and WM Phones