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									Windows Mobile

                   Windows Mobile




            Windows Mobile 6.5 Today Screen

Company / developer     Microsoft

OS family               Windows CE

Working state           Current

Latest stable release   6.5 / 2009-10-05; 2 months ago

Marketing target        Mobile devices

License                 Proprietary (Microsoft EULA)

Website                 Windows Mobile


Windows Mobile is a compact operating system developed by Microsoft, and designed for use
in smartphones and mobile devices.

It is based on Windows CE, and features a suite of basic applications developed using the
Microsoft Windows API. It is designed to be somewhat similar to desktop versions of Windows,
feature-wise and aesthetically. Additionally, third-party software development is available for
Windows Mobile, and software can be purchased via the Windows Marketplace for Mobile.

Originally appearing as the Pocket PC 2000 operating system, most Windows Mobile phones
come with a stylus pen, which is used to enter commands by tapping it on the screen.[1] Windows
Mobile has been updated multiple times, with the current version being Windows Mobile 6.5.
The next major revision, Windows Mobile 7.0, has been delayed until the end of 2010.[2]

Windows Mobile's share of the Smartphone market has fallen year-on-year,[3] decreasing 20% in
Q3 2009.[4] It is the 3rd most popular smartphone operating system for business use (after
BlackBerry and iPhone), with a 24% share among enterprise users.[5] In overall sales, it is the 4th
most popular smartphone operating system, with a 7.9% share of the worldwide smartphone
market.[4]


Contents
      1 Common features
      2 Hardware
          o 2.1 Windows Mobile Classic devices (Pocket PC)
          o 2.2 Windows Phone
      3 Versions
          o 3.1 Pocket PC 2000
          o 3.2 Pocket PC 2002
          o 3.3 Windows Mobile 2003
          o 3.4 Windows Mobile 2003 SE
          o 3.5 Windows Mobile 5
          o 3.6 Windows Mobile 6
          o 3.7 Windows Mobile 6.1
          o 3.8 Windows Mobile 6.5
      4 Future versions
          o 4.1 Windows Mobile 6.5.1
          o 4.2 Windows Mobile 6.5.3
          o 4.3 Windows Mobile 7
          o 4.4 Project Pink
      5 Naming conventions
      6 Market Share
      7 Uncertain future
      8 Software development
      9 Criticism
      10 See also
      11 References
      12 External links
Common features
Windows Mobile for Pocket PC carries these standard features in most of its versions:

      Today Screen shows the current date, owner information, upcoming appointments, e-mail
       messages, and tasks. (Is now Home screen in later WM6.5 builds)
      The taskbar shows the current time and the volume.
      Office Mobile a suite of Mobile versions of Microsoft Office applications
      Outlook Mobile comes with Windows Mobile.
      Internet Explorer Mobile is an Internet browser developed by Microsoft for Pocket PC
       and Handheld PC that comes loaded by default with Windows Mobile and Windows CE
       for Handheld PC.
      Windows Media Player for Windows Mobile.
      Client for PPTP VPNs.
      Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) which in mobile phones allows attached computers to
       share internet connections via USB and Bluetooth.
      Coherent file system similar to that of Windows 9/Windows NT and support for many of
       the same file types.

Hardware
See also: List of Windows Mobile devices

There are three versions of Windows Mobile for various hardware devices:[6]

      Windows Mobile Professional runs on 'Windows Phones' (smartphones) with
       touchscreens
      Windows Mobile Standard runs on 'Windows Phones' with regular screens
      Windows Mobile Classic which runs on 'Windows Mobile Classic devices' (Pocket
       PCs).




An O2 Pocket PC phone
A Smartphone (T-Mobile Dash)

Windows Mobile Classic devices (Pocket PC)

Main article: Pocket PC

A 'Windows Mobile Classic device' is a Windows Mobile personal digital assistant (PDA) that
does not have telephone functionality. It was formerly known as the Pocket PC. It was the
original intended platform for the Windows Mobile operating system. These devices consisted of
both standalone Pocket PC devices without mobile phone capabilities, and those that included
mobile phone capabilities. The most current name of Windows Mobile intended for use on
Pocket PCs is officially "Windows Mobile 6 Professional" for devices with mobile phone
capabilities and "Windows Mobile 6 Classic" for devices without mobile phone capabilities.

Windows Phone

Main article: Smartphone

The 'Windows Phone' (Microsoft's term for its range of smartphones) became the next hardware
platform after the Pocket PC to run Windows Mobile, and debuted with the release of Pocket PC
2002. Although in the broad sense of the term "Smartphone", both Pocket PC phones and
Microsoft branded Smartphones each fit into this category, it should be noted that Microsoft's
use of the term "Smartphone" includes only more specific hardware devices that differ from
Pocket PC phones. Such Smartphones were originally designed without touchscreens, intended
to be operated more efficiently with only one hand, and typically had lower display resolution
than Pocket PCs. Microsoft's focus for the Smartphone platform was to create a device that
Versions
Pocket PC 2000




Typical Pocket PC 2000 Today Screen.

Pocket PC 2000, originally codenamed "Rapier",[8] was released on April 19, 2000, and was
based on Windows CE 3.0. It was the debut of what was later dubbed the Windows Mobile
operating system, and meant to be a successor to the operating system aboard Palm-Size PCs.
Backwards compatibility was retained with such Palm-Size PC applications. Pocket PC 2000
was intended mainly for Pocket PC devices, however several Palm-Size PC devices had the
ability to be updated as well. In addition, several Pocket PC 2000 phones were released, however
the Smartphone hardware platform was not yet created. The only resolution supported by this
release was 240 x 320 (QVGA). Removable storage card formats that were supported were
CompactFlash and MultiMediaCard. At this time Pocket PC devices had not been standardized
with a specific CPU architecture. As a result, Pocket PC 2000 was released on multiple CPU
architectures; SH-3, MIPS, and ARM.

Aesthetically, the original Pocket PC operating system was similar to Windows 98, Windows
Me, and Windows 2000 operating systems.

Features/built-in applications for Pocket PC 2000 included the following:[9]

      Pocket Office
          o Pocket Word
          o Pocket Excel
          o Pocket Outlook
      Pocket Internet Explorer
      Windows Media Player
      Microsoft Reader
      Microsoft Money
      Notes, a note taking application
      Character recognition support
       Infrared (IR) File beaming capability

Pocket PC 2002




Typical Pocket PC 2002 Today Screen.

Pocket PC 2002, originally codenamed "Merlin",[8] was released in October 2001. Like Pocket
PC 2000, it was powered by Windows CE 3.0. Although targeted mainly for 240 × 320 (QVGA)
Pocket PC devices, Pocket PC 2002 was also used for Pocket PC phones, and for the first time,
Smartphones.[10] These Pocket PC 2002 Smartphones were mainly GSM devices. With future
releases, the Pocket PC and Smartphone lines would increasingly collide as the licensing terms
were relaxed allowing OEMs to take advantage of more innovative, individual design ideas.
Aesthetically, Pocket PC 2002 was meant to be similar in design to the then newly released
Windows XP.

New features/built-in applications included the following:[11][12][13][14]

       Enhanced UI with theme support
       Spell checker and Word count tool in Pocket Word
       Savable downloads and WAP in Pocket Internet Explorer
       Virtual Private Networking support
       Synchronization of folders
       MSN Messenger
       Terminal Services
       Windows Media Player 8 with streaming capability
       Microsoft Reader 2
       Palm OS support for file beaming
       Improved Pocket Outlook
       Digital rights management (DRM) support in Microsoft Reader
Windows Mobile 2003




Typical Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC Today Screen

Windows Mobile 2003, originally codenamed "Ozone",[8] was released on June 23, 2003, and
was the first release under the Windows Mobile banner. 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". The last was designed especially for Pocket PCs which include phone
functionalities. The Professional Edition was used in Pocket PC budget models. It lacked a
number of features that were in the Premium Edition, such as a client for L2TP/IPsec VPNs.
Windows Mobile 2003 was powered by Windows CE 4.20.

New features/built-in applications included the following:[15]

      Support for add-on keyboards
      Enhanced communications interface with Bluetooth device management
      Bluetooth file beaming support
      Bluetooth headset support
      Pictures application with viewing, cropping, e-mail, and beaming support
      Jawbreaker game
      Enhanced Pocket Outlook with vCard and vCal support
      Improved Pocket Internet Explorer
      Windows Media Player 9.0 with streaming optimization
      SMS reply options for Phone Edition
      MIDI file support as ringtones in Phone Edition

Windows Mobile 2003 SE

Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition, also known as "Windows Mobile 2003 SE", was
released on March 24, 2004 and first offered on the Dell Axim x30. This was the last version
which allowed users to backup and restore an entire device through ActiveSync.

New features/built-in applications included the following:
      Portrait and Landscape switching for Pocket PCs
      Single-Column layout in Pocket Internet Explorer
      VGA (640×480), 176х220, 240x240, 480x480 Screen resolution
      Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) support

[edit] Windows Mobile 5




Typical Windows Mobile 5.0 for Pocket PC Today Screen

Windows Mobile 5.0, originally codenamed "Magneto",[8] was released at Microsoft's Mobile
and Embedded Developers Conference 2005 in Las Vegas, May 9–May 12, 2005. Microsoft
plans to offer mainstream support for Windows Mobile 5 through October 12, 2010, and
extended support through October 13, 2015.[16] It was first offered on the Dell Axim x51. It used
the .NET Compact Framework 1.0 SP3 — an environment for programs based on .NET.

      Windows Mobile 5.0 included Microsoft Exchange Server "push" functionality
       improvements that worked with Exchange 2003 SP2.[17] The "push" functionality also
       required vendor/device support[18] With AKU2 software upgrades all WM 5.0 devices
       supported DirectPush.
      WM 5.0 featured increased battery life due to Persistent storage capability. Previously up
       to 50% (enough for 72 hours of storage) of battery power was reserved just to maintain
       data in volatile RAM. This continued the trend of Windows-based devices moving from
       using RAM as their primary storage medium to the use of a combination of RAM and
       flash memory (in use, there's no distinction between the two apparent to the user).
       Programs and frequently accessed data run in RAM, while most storage is in the flash
       memory. The OS seamlessly moves data between the two as needed. Everything is
       backed up in the flash memory, so unlike previous devices, WM5 devices do not lose any
       data if power is lost.
      With Windows Mobile 5.0, OS updates were released as Adaptation kit upgrades. AKU
       3.5 is the most recent release for WM 5.0.

Further new features and built-in applications included:

      New version of Office called "Office Mobile"
           o   PowerPoint Mobile
           o   Graphing capability in Excel Mobile
           o   Tables and graphics insertion in Word Mobile
      Windows Media Player 10 Mobile
      Photo Caller ID
      DirectShow support
      Picture and Video package, which converged the management of videos and pictures
      Enhanced Bluetooth support
      Global Positioning System (GPS) management interface
      Default QWERTY keyboard-support
      Error reporting facility similar to that present in desktop and server Windows systems
      ActiveSync 4.2 with 15% increased synchronization speed

Windows Mobile 6




Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard Today Screen

Windows Mobile 6, formerly codenamed "Crossbow",[8] was released on February 12, 2007[19] at
the 3GSM World Congress 2007. It comes 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.[20]

Windows Mobile 6 is powered by Windows CE 5.0 (version 5.2) and is strongly linked to
Windows Live and Exchange 2007 products. Windows Mobile 6 Standard was first offered on
the Orange's SPV E650,[21] while Windows Mobile 6 Professional was first offered on the O2's
Xda Terra.[22] Aesthetically, Windows Mobile 6 was meant to be similar in design to the then
newly released Windows Vista. Functionally, it works much like Windows Mobile 5, but with
much better stability.

New features/built-in applications include the following:[23]

      320x320 and 800x480 (WVGA) screen resolution support
      Office Mobile support for Smartphones
      Operating System Live Update[24]
      Improved Remote Desktop access[25](Available for only certain Pocket PCs)[26]
      VoIP (Internet calling) support with AEC (Acoustic Echo Cancelling) and MSRT Audio
       Codec
      Windows Live for Windows Mobile[27]
      Customer Feedback option[28]
      Enhanced Microsoft Bluetooth Stack
      Storage Card Encryption (encryption keys are lost if device is cold-booted).
      Smartfilter for searching within programs
      Improved Internet Sharing
      HTML email support in Outlook Mobile
      Search ability for contacts in an Exchange Server Address Book
      AJAX, JavaScript, and XMLDOM support on Internet Explorer Mobile
      Out of Office Replies with Microsoft Exchange 2007
      Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) support for select operators
      Server Search on Microsoft Exchange 2007
      .NET Compact Framework v2 SP2 Preinstalled in ROM
      Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition Preinstalled in ROM
      OneNote Mobile as a companion to Microsoft Office OneNote
      Office Mobile 6.1 announced[29] with support for Office 2007 document formats (pptx,
       docx, xlsx).

Windows Mobile 6.1




Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional Today Screen

Windows Mobile 6.1 was announced April 1, 2008. It is a minor upgrade to the existing
Windows Mobile 6 platform which brings with it various performance enhancements, a
redesigned Home screen featuring horizontal tiles that expand on clicking to display more
information, although this new home screen is featured only on Windows Mobile Standard
edition. This feature was inexplicably left out of the Professional edition.[30] Several other
improvements such as threaded SMS, full page zooming in Internet Explorer and 'Domain
Enroll' have also been added, along with a "mobile" version of the Microsoft OneNote program
and an interactive "Getting Started" wizard. Domain Enroll is functionality to connect the device
Future versions
Windows Mobile 6.5.1

Builds of Windows Mobile 6.5.1 have already been leaked and unofficially ported to several
Windows Mobile phones.[43] Windows Mobile 6.5.1 will bring a more finger-friendly user
interface[44], including icon based soft buttons (rather than text based),[45] an updated contacts
app[46], Microsoft (rather than the mobile carrier) support for A-GPS[44], improved threaded text
messaging[47], and performance improvements.[48]

Windows Mobile 6.5.3

In November and December 2009, several 6.5.3 builds leaked (28002, 28004, 28005, 28008,
28011 and 28014). They have been unofficially ported to several Windows Mobile phones.
Windows Mobile 6.5.3 will bring a more finger-friendly user interface, support for gestures, and
an improved address book. Additionally, the start menu is moved to the lower left corner, as in
desktop versions of Windows.[49] 6.5.3 will also include a new on-screen keyboard.[50] However,
there are several known bugs. For instance, all day appointments do not show up in home screen
even though "Display all day items" is checked. There is also a loss of functionality from 6.1, the
keyboard icon on the bottom panel no longer has the status indicator for Fnlock and Capslock.

Windows Mobile 7

Codenamed "Photon"[51], Windows Mobile 7 is a major upgrade. It was initially intended to be
released during 2009, but several delays caused Microsoft to release 6.5 instead as a In
December, 2009, Microsoft announced that Windows Mobile 7 had suffered further delays, and
would not be released until the end of 2010While 6.5 is low cost, Windows Mobile 7 is planned
to offer a premium experience on par with competing devices, and both operating systems will
coexist on the market. Not much else is known about the release, though leaked information
suggests a revamped UI based on Silverlight, multi-touch and motion-related features Companies
such as MWg and HTC are expected to release Windows Mobile Professional devices running
Windows Mobile 7 Features include redesigned interface, new Office Mobile version, next
Internet Explorer Mobile, accelerometer functionality with interface (gestures), new media
player Microsoft has somewhat confirmed the leaks, showing the homescreen during a
commercial of their Live Mesh software operating on what appears to be an HTC Touch
Dualand later again showed a similar interface during their Software + Services video. Microsoft
recently used an old screen shot on their website.[60]

Windows Mobile 7 will incorporate elements of Windows Mobile 6.5 (Homescreen), and Zune,
namely the Zune HD. Windows Mobile 7 has also been shown in secrecy to various tech
journalists, and was met with positive reception

Windows Mobile 7 was later rumored to be due for release on February 1st, 2010[64], but rumors
indicate that it may not ship until the fourth quarter of 2010[65][66][67][68]. Windows Mobile 7 may
be announced by Microsoft at Mobile World Congress, as well as their MIX conference.

								
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