Microsoft posts then pulls down Windows Mobile 6.5.3 SDK

Microsoft published a software development kit (SDK) of Windows Mobile 6.5.3 on January 22 but abruptly pulled the release this week.

The SDK was available for download and included emulator images to run a virtual copy of Windows Mobile 6.5.3. According to Microsoft's Windows Mobile Dev Twitter page:

"With regards to 6.5 SDK, we prematurely released an untested SDK which was not ready. We pulled it so proper testing can be completed…. we’ll def make an official announce when the SDK is ready to go. Those responsible have been sent to the dungeons for execution."

Microsoft silently released Windows Mobile 6.5.3 to device manufacturers recently and confirmed the release in an MSDN developer posting. At CES 2010 Neowin spotted several devices running the updated operating system. Windows Mobile 6.5.3 includes better touch support with improved menus, gesture based navigation and a new touch bar at the bottom of the screen for easy navigation. Touchable tiles also replace soft keys in the updated OS.

In other news, the mobile industry is eagerly awaiting next months Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona. It is widely expected that Microsoft will share details of Windows Mobile 7 during a press briefing at MWC.

 

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It looks fantastic when you apply different themes and it is quite finger friendly for the most part. Runs faster than 6.1 in my opinion.

I still don't like the new buttons in the bottom. The themed ones on XDA-Developers look much classier and less Windows 3.1ish lol

z_rudy said,
I still don't like the new buttons in the bottom. The themed ones on XDA-Developers look much classier and less Windows 3.1ish lol

That's why you can theme that bottom area and the buttens. I'd personally go for a more square'ish theme to them, but I can see how having round onces works a bit better and gives you more space to work with.

That's true. I've had issues with the text not fitting in the buttons (eg: All Contacts, in the phone app). However, it's still bad that the default design is ugly and so very monochrome. That's my opinion about their looks.

z_rudy said,
I still don't like the new buttons in the bottom. The themed ones on XDA-Developers look much classier and less Windows 3.1ish lol

I don't get it. How on Earth do those buttons look in any way like Windows 3.1?

I like the look. If I'm the only one, so be it.

doug_jnr said,

lightbox?

It's the in-page popup that appears when you click on any of the images of the emulator in the article.