Microsoft Readies Windows Mobile 6

Microsoft plans on Monday to officially announce Windows Mobile 6, formerly code-named Crossbow, at the 3GSM trade show in Barcelona. The first devices using the software aren't expected until spring, however, with the bulk of products using the new operating system likely to come in the second half of the year.

Among the most visible changes is the ability to type in a few letters of a song, contact or e-mail subject and have the phone automatically show only matching results. The software also supports HTML e-mail. But for Exchange messages to be viewable in that form, a company also has to have Exchange 2007, the new version of Microsoft's e-mail server software.

Windows Mobile 6 also builds in support for Windows Live instant messaging and e-mail, which enables users to see whether a contact is online and to get their Hotmail or Windows Live Mail messages pushed down automatically.

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I recently picked up a t-mobile dash, does anyone know if t-mobile or other carriers will allow us to update wm5 to wm6 over the air or otherwise?

I'd say no, they very rarely (if ever?) have. It's not in the networks interest to give you the upgrade, they want to give you more reason to spend money and by a new phone. So I wouldn't hold out much hope.

It's obvious the Windows Mobile OS developers are working faster than the PC OS developers. As far as I remember, WM5 only came out last year right? It's a bit too quick for WM6 IMO. Software companies are only recently starting to get their products WM5 compatible. TomTom 6 was only released a few months ago, which was fully WM5 compatible.

Zoom7000 said,
It's obvious the Windows Mobile OS developers are working faster than the PC OS developers. As far as I remember, WM5 only came out last year right? It's a bit too quick for WM6 IMO. Software companies are only recently starting to get their products WM5 compatible. TomTom 6 was only released a few months ago, which was fully WM5 compatible.

I thought it was released mid '05. That makes it at least 2 years between versions when it's released.