• Mobiles sporting the latest release of the Windows Mobile operating system are now available for sale worldwide.

Microsoft is also formally launching its application store, known as Windows Marketplace for Mobile.

While the service will launch with about 60 applications available in the UK, Microsoft’s Alex Reeve said that number will soon rise sharply.Windows-run phones can also make use of the My Phone service, a synchronisation service managed “in the cloud”.

The new operating system and the application store were first announced in February, when a “beta” testing version of the My Phone service also launched.

Tuesday’s announcement sees a full integration of handsets incorporating the new OS with access to the store and backup service.

Microsoft has partnered with major network operators T-Mobile, O2, Vodafone and Orange in the UK, as well as with Carphone Warehouse and Phones4U to distribute handsets made by a wide range of manufacturers.(Guys may be few of you are not aware of some of the name but let me tell you that these are some very renowned companies in the field of telecom as like we have Airtel, Idea and all).

‘Right there’

The OS update – the first since March 2008 – is viewed as minor, as Microsoft is developing a more complete overhaul of the OS. The result of that, Windows Mobile 7, should be released in early 2010.

Significant changes in the 6.5 release include a move away from the use of the stylus and toward more finger-friendly icons and buttons, and a push to see more “at a glance” from the lock screen and the main menus.

 

Features:-

  • It includes a significantly updated user interface and Flash Lite for viewing video and animation content.
  • Users can both backup and manage their applications and multimedia content via the My Phone service, accessible also on a PC. The service offers 200MB of storage for free.
  • Photos can be published from the My Phone site or directly from a Windows Phone to popular sites such as Facebook and Flickr.
  • Security features offered for free include the ability to map the last place a phone was synchronised to the My Phone service.
  • A further, paid “premium package” allows a suite of security features including the ability to locate a handset’s current location, present an “if found” message to its screen, or lock it or erase its contents altogether. The premium service is at the time of launch only available in the US.
  • Applications including Facebook and MySpace and a raft of popular game titles.
    82 games ready to download, there are at least 100 apps altogether. We already see Facebook, Netflix Mobile, Zagat to Go, Windows Live, and the Midomi music app.
  • It includes a significantly updated user interface and Flash Lite for viewing video and animation content.
  • Users can both backup and manage their applications and multimedia content via the My Phone service, accessible also on a PC. The service offers 200MB of storage for free.
  • Photos can be published from the My Phone site or directly from a Windows Phone to popular sites such as Facebook and Flickr.
  • Security features offered for free include the ability to map the last place a phone was synchronised to the My Phone service.
  • A further, paid “premium package” allows a suite of security features including the ability to locate a handset’s current location, present an “if found” message to its screen, or lock it or erase its contents altogether. The premium service is at the time of launch only available in the US.
  • Applications including Facebook and MySpace and a raft of popular game titles.
  • 82 games ready to download, there are at least 100 apps altogether. We already see Facebook, Netflix Mobile, Zagat to Go, Windows Live, and the Midomi music app.

Here the Question arises that What is My Phone Service?

Brand new to 6.5 phones are Windows Marketplace for Mobile–an application storefront like that found on iPhone, BlackBerry, and every other major mobile OS–and a Web-based backup and sharing service called My Phone.

Unlike the application Marketplace, the My Phone backup and media sharing service is well known from its public beta. Through its online dashboard, you can :-

  • Access and manage contacts
  • Calendar
  • Texts
  • Photos and videos (no e-mail or apps)
  • At launch, you’ll be able to post photos to Windows Live, Flickr, Facebook, MySpace, with bulk uploads and captioning to come later on.
  • The new features are mostly premium, and center on remotely finding and securing your phone.
  • If you’re in the U.S., you can force your phone to ring even when it’s turned to silent or vibrate.
  • You can remotely lock the phone, map it–this wakes up the phone and plots it on a map–and can erase the contents remotely, the most extreme measure. My Phone will show you the handset’s last known location for free.

He added that Microsoft’s heritage will drive further development of applications for Windows phones.

“One of the great things for Microsoft is that the developer market is in our DNA; we’ve got a huge background working with developers, so when it comes to building applications for mobile we’ve got a great opportunity.”

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