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					Windows Mobile has seen many faces throughout the past ten years. Despite all of
Microsoft 鈥檚 changes to their mobile devices, it has been losing its share of the
smartphone market year after year with 2009 showing a 20% loss. Microsoft 鈥檚
Window Mobile is now the fifth most popular smartphone operating system. It falls
behind Symbian, BlackBerry OS, Android and iPhone. In the United States, it is the
third most popular smartphone operating system. Despite this, Microsoft is releasing
the Windows Phone 7, after much revamping, later this year.
  The history of Windows Mobile goes like this. First of all, there are three versions of
Windows Mobile for various devices - they include: Windows Mobile Professional
runs on (smartphones) with touch screens, Windows Mobile Standard runs on phones
with regular screens and Windows Mobile Classic which runs on 'Windows Mobile
Classic devices' (Pocket PCs).
  Microsoft first introduced the Pocket PC before releasing Windows Mobile. The
Pocket PC 2000 was a personal digital assistant or PDA. This PDA differed from
companies such as Palm in that it contained Windows software like Office, Windows
Media Player and other Microsoft products. The Pocket PC 2002 was released in 2002
and included Windows Mobile and the PDA capacity.
  The Pocket PC 2002 was also called Merlin and it was powered by Windows CE 3.0.
Features included those of the 2000 plus spell checker, word count, MSN messenger
and more.
  In 2003, Windows Mobile 2003 was released and called Ozone. It came in four
editions - "Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC Premium Edition", "Windows
Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC Professional Edition", "Windows Mobile 2003 for
Smartphone" and "Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC Phone Edition". New
features included Bluetooth, picture applications, support for add-on keyboards, and a
host of other items.
  The Windows Mobile 2003 SE was released in 2004 and allowed users to backup
and restore their device through ActiveSync.
  Windows 5.0, named Magneto was released in 2005. It used the .NET Compact
Framework 1.0 SP3 鈥?an environment for programs based on .NET. It also had push
functionality, photo caller ID, GPS and the QWERTY keyboard.
  In 2007 came the Windows Mobile 6 "Crossbow". It came in three different versions:
"Windows Mobile 6 Standard" for Smartphones (phones without touchscreens),
"Windows Mobile 6 Professional" for Pocket PCs with phone functionality, and
"Windows Mobile 6 Classic" for Pocket PCs without cellular radios. Windows Mobile
6 was powered by Windows CE 5.0 (version 5.2) and is strongly linked to Windows
Live and Exchange 2007 products. Windows Mobile 6 was meant to be similar in
design to the then newly released Windows Vista. Windows Mobile 6 included Office
Mobile, VoIP calling, improved Internet sharing, HTML email and Microsoft Office
OneNote.
  Windows Mobile 6.1 followed in 2008 with minor upgrades from 6. There were
minor performance enhancements such as a redesigned Home screen with horizontal
tiles that expand on clicking, threaded SMS, full page zooming, Domain Enroll,
improved bandwidth in push email and improved battery life.
 Windows 6.5 and then 7 followed. Windows Mobile 6.5 was described by Microsoft
as not being the full release they wanted. The Windows Mobile 7, will be replaced by
the Windows Phone 7, which arrives soon this year, 2010. WP7 is codenamed Photon.
While the WP7 was to be released in 2009, many ideas were scrapped and progress
was delayed as a new platform was designed. WP7 will include a new operating
system and integration with Xbox Live and Zune services. To own a WP7, once it is
released, will be relatively easy as the company has so many carrier partnerships,
including all the large providers such as Verizon, Sprint, AT&T and many more. The
company is hoping to have the handsets available before the holidays.

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