Windows Mobile is still a while away from release, however Microsoft are making sure we don’t forget all about it by providing a few new details. First, existing Windows Mobile users with phones running 128MB of RAM and a hefty 400Mhz processor will theoretically be able to upgrade to the new version, however it’ll be down to your phone’s manufacturer to make it happen.
Secondly, more than 25 companies are expected to announce their involvement with 6.5 and the new Windows Marketplace application store at the CTIA Wireless show in Las Vegas, which runs over the first three days of April. These are said to include Facebook, MySpace, SlingMedia and EA Mobile. Microsoft have also announced there will be a 24-hour trial period for newly purchased applications, so users will simply be able to return the app if they don’t like it.
Although hardly a first for mobile phones, Microsoft have also recruited the Design Museum London and the Council of Fashion Designers of America to design unique themes for the new operating system, plus a Theme Generator will be available after the launch where one can change colours and make use of your own pictures as wallpaper.
All this and more is expected to be covered in detail this Thursday during CTIA, when Robbie Bach, President of Entertainment and Devices Division at Microsoft, takes to the stage. We’re getting more and more interested in 6.5’s development and are pleased it appears Microsoft are embracing the consumer side of their smartphone OS this time around.