At the Mobile World Congress 2009, Microsoft unveiled “Windows phones” based on Windows Mobile 6.5 OS. In addition to the new user interface and a richer browsing experience, the Windows phones also feature two new services: My Phone and Windows Marketplace for Mobile.
The new Windows Mobile 6.5 home screen keeps people up-to-date on important information by providing a dashboard-like experience to items such as new e-mails, texts, missed calls and calendar appointments. It also includes an improved touch-screen interface, making it easy to take action with a finger.
The free My Phone service enables users to access, manage and back up their personal information on their device to a password-protected Web-based service. With automatic syncing and backup, users can count on their contacts, appointments, text messages and other information being kept up to date and easily restored should they lose or upgrade their phone. The My Phone service is currently available in a limited invitation-only beta.
Windows Mobile 6.5 also features Windows Marketplace for Mobile, a rich and integrated marketplace for searching, browsing and purchasing mobile applications from Windows phones or from a PC by simply using a Windows Live ID. Some of the first Windows phones to showcase the new operating system are:
HTC Touch Diamond 2
HTC Touch Pro 2
The new Windows phones are expected to be available in the second half of 2009.