First Windows Mobile 6.5-running phones due in Q3 of 2009
It’s not the first time we’ve heard about Windows Mobile 6.5, and we know that it'll debut this year. However, based on the latest news, we can now look forward to the 3rd quarter as the period when we could see the first Windows Mobile 6.5-based devices come out. The much needed update to Microsoft’s aging mobile operating system is expected to be announced at the World Mobile Congress this February where further details about what enhancements it’ll come with should be disclosed as well. While the first batch of handset is expected to debut as early as the third quarter, the greater bulk of the phones that will be bundled with Windows Mobile 6.5 should arrive in the last quarter of this year. With Microsoft making the Beta version of Windows 7 available to the public this early and now a somewhat firm date on when Windows Mobile 6.5 will finally hit the market, it seems that Microsoft has finally decided to clean up their act for 2009. How competitive Windows Mobile 6.5 will be is still unknown, but if they remain true to their word, we should know the answer to that question before the year ends.