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What’s new in Windows Mobile 6.5.3?



winmo653The new Sony Ericsson has released a new mobile phone, the Aspen, that is running Windows Mobile 6.5.3.  Microsoft has been promising improvements to their mobile platform, so lets see what improvements have been made to 6.5.3:

Ease of Use features

  • Capacitive touchscreen support
  • Platform to enable multitouch
  • Touch controls throughout system (no need for stylus)
  • Consistent Navigation
  • Horizontal scroll bar replaces tabs (think settings>system>about screen)
  • Magnifier brings touch support to legacy applications
  • Simplified out-of-box experience with fewer steps
  • Drag and drop icons on Start Screen

IE Browser Performance

  • Page load time decreased
  • Memory management improved
  • Pan & flick gestures smoothed
  • Zoom & rotation speed increased

Quality and Customer Satisfaction features

  • Updated runtime tools (.NET CF 3.5, SQL CE 3.1)
  • Arabic read/write document support
  • Watson (error reporting) improvements and bug fixes

It seems to address some of the issues Windows Mobile user have talked about and added some new features as well.  But, with the Mobile World Congress in two weeks, does this mean Microsoft wont be talking about Windows Mobile 7 or introducing a Windows Mobile 6.6?

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