Microsoft have finally released the expected update to the Windows Mobile OS for portable devices. The new 6.1 version doesn't bring any ground-breaking changes and chances are that all of you interested in it, have already read a preview or two somewhere.
Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard
The most significant changes to Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard (previously known as Smartphone) are:
New larger system font (Causes some third-party applications to render texts incorrectly)
Sliding Panel home screen (A scroll wheel is much appreciated now)
Threaded messages (Conversations-based as on the iPhone)
Number of characters left counter now available in the title bar (Nice and neat.)
Can't mark messages as unread anymore (It's a mystery to us.)
Multiple message select is available (good job!)
The default email signature now says "Sent from my Windows Mobile phone." (sounds iPhonish again)
Start button can either open the new "Recent programs" listing or the usual "All Programs" folder
Pocket Internet Explorer has a new Zoom feature (Compensating for the lack of a mini-map)
Copy/Paste text function (It was about time! Anyways, it's available in Internet Explorer, Messaging, and Office only)
New Clock&Alarm menu in the "All Programs" listing for easier managing of Alarms
New "Managed Programs" item in settings for all apps installed remotely by your company Sys Admin
Now here's a short video depicting the novelties in Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard edition.
The Professional version of WinMo 6.1 doesn't have that many updates.
Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional
However there are still some things such as:
Internet Explorer: You can Zoom Out to see the web page overview (It's not available while the page is loading and the text is mostly unreadable, so it's just a mini-map alternative.)
Internet Explorer: The "Text Size" menu is now "Zoom Level" menu (Resizes both pictures and text now.)
There's a better native Task Manager and it's more easily accessible (Can also be assigned to a hardware key and it also shows system processes)
New "Managed Programs" item for all apps installed remotely by your company Sys Admin
The Calendar still has the useless greyed-out "Reply" command all over (Hello, is there anybody there in Microsoft?)
SMS messages now show threaded as conversations
Replying text messages has a new instant-messaging-like interface
Can't mark messages as unread anymore (For reasons unknown to mortals!)
Delete does away with entire conversations
The time the messages have been received only shows up if the message was received today
Now here's a short video depicting the novelties in Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional edition.
The Windows Mobile 6.1 won't be available for direct purchase to existing devices. Instead manufacturers will take care to release it as a free update to selected device. It's good to know that there are already several devices out there that will use the 6.1 version out-of-the-box. Among those are:
ASUS: New phones including the P320, ZX1, P560, M536 and updates for the P527, P750, M930
HTC: A new Touch Dual for the U.S. and updates for the AT&T Tilt, Touch by HTC, Mogul by HTC from Sprint, TyTN II
i-mate: 8502, 9502, 8150, 6150
Motorola: MOTO Q 9c, MOTO Q 9h global
Samsung: BlackJack II
Toshiba: Portege G810, Portege G910
All the details, screenshot and videos in this article are courtesy of pocketnow.com.