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November 21, 2006

Crossbow (Windows Mobile 6.0) review hits the Web

Posted by David Hunter at 9:49 PM ET.

Anton Kotov does the honors at Mobile-Review with plenty of screenshots. Excerpts:

Nevertheless, the brand-new operating system could be called “Windows Mobile 5.0 Second Edition” for it lacks tons of all-new features and total system revamp as in the case of Windows Mobile 5.0. The most considerable upgrades are coming up in the next version, being developed under the codename of “Windows Mobile Photon” scheduled for release in two years time at best. Being under the pressure of launches of new products in its software range, including MS Windows Vista, MS Office 2007, MS Exchange 2007, Microsoft had no other choice but release an updated version of Windows Mobile. Most of Windows Mobile 6.0’s new functions are aimed at providing support for what MS Exchange 2007 brings to the table. Here with Crossbow we still have the same division – WM for Pocket PC and WM for Smartphone, which will fade away only in WM Photon. Today we are giving a close-up to the Pocket PC edition, while the operating system for smartphones will be reviewed later.

The manufacturers are getting RTM version of Windows Mobile Crossbow in November, 2006 – in light of this fact we predict first devices running on WM 6.0 to be released by the end of 2Q, 2007. The list of companies ready to upgrade old devices up to WM 6.0 includes only HP and E-Ten for the time being.

There had been some speculation that Crossbow would end up being Windows Mobile 5.0 Second Edition (or something similar) and Photon would be Windows Mobile 6.0, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. And if you were wondering, Crossbow does have Windows Live Mobile integration.

Filed under Microsoft, Windows Live, Windows Live for Windows Mobile, Windows Mobile, Windows Mobile 6, Windows Phone 7

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2 Responses to “Crossbow (Windows Mobile 6.0) review hits the Web”

  1. 3s Says:

    I have been waighting for this a wile now, and I’m very exited about it. The only thing I’m worried about is that it (the upgrade) won’t support older versions of ppc like mine: a Qtek 9100. I hope it will, but I find no exclusion of this on the web. All I have left to say is that I’m glad that they now putted all the new features (like Windows Live Messenger, newer version of Windows Media Player and Outlook 2007) into it, sothat we won’t have to waight another 2 years before we can syncronise our devices with Vista.

  2. Crossbow unveiling planned for Monday -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Windows Mobile 6.0 (codenamed Crossbow) has been available to phone manufacturers since November 2006, but will get its formal public introduction on Monday according to Ina Fried at CNET: 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. [...]

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