Every once in a while, you come across something that Windows Mobile does fairly well, but doesn’t quite handle everything that you throw in its direction. The Office applications that are built into Windows Mobile are a great example.
Documents To Go has been one of the leading applications for viewing and editing Microsoft Office documents for many years. With each release of Windows Mobile however, native Office support has been improved to include new features. Where does that leave Documents To Go and its $29.95 price tag? The answer to that and more are on the other side of the break.
We're not done with the HTC Touch Pro 2 news today. Not by a long shot. Above are the official shots Phone Arena snagged of the Verizon version (see previous pics here and here), which sports the cool map on the back cover in accordance to this being a world phone.
After the break are shots of what appear to be the quick-start guide.
Behold, the Touch Pro 2 signage you'll be able to see inside Sprint stores everywhere, starting on or about Sept. 8, we gather. (And one more pic after the break.) Hang on, people. Just a few more days ...
So, here's the deal. We're leaving it in AT&T-speak. Starting Sept. 14:
AT&T will provide most users access to nearly 20,000 AT&T Hot Spots across the US, including Starbucks.
Beginning this month, customers with Wi-Fi-enabled Windows Mobile smartphones and unlimited and other qualifying data plans will receive unlimited access to thousands of U.S. AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots nationwide.
Eligible Windows Mobile customers can access AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots at over 20,000 nationwide locations – the majority of customers will be eligible as most have a qualifying data plan.
At no additional cost, AT&T customers with unlimited personal and enterprise rate plans on Wi-Fi enabled Windows Mobile smartphones can enjoy automatic, fast and secure access to the Internet at AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots.
AT&T Wi-Fi will be easy to use on Windows Phones because of auto-authentication – if you have Wi-Fi on, you’ll automatically connect
The service will launch on 9/14 with Samsung smartphones with other devices to follow in the coming weeks, and all 6.5 devices will be supported.
So, while we still don't know what AT&T has up its sleeve in terms of Windows Mobile 6.5 and current or future devices, we now know it's opening up WiFi to the masses. Hit up this link for a map of AT&T's free WiFi locations.
When Microsoft announced that Windows Mobile 6.5 would be available on phones starting Oct. 6 — and we're still trying to track down exactly how that's going to work — it name-dropped a bunch of carriers of manufacturers.
In North America: Mobile operators AT&T, Bell Mobility, Sprint, TELUS and Verizon Wireless, and phone manufacturers HP, HTC Corp., LG Electronics, Samsung and Toshiba Corp.
Noticeably missing from that motley crew is T-Mobile. And it's even more apparently because ol' T-Mo is the only carrier to currently have a phone in the wild that we know officially supports Windows Mobile 6.5.
You’ll see new Windows phones designed for a variety of tastes, needs and price points - with or without keyboards, with or without touch screens, as well as your choice of GPS, accelerometer and high resolution camera. There are a lot of great options and we can’t wait to show them to you. Until then, keep an eye on our partners as they announce details on new Windows phones and where you can find them this fall.
The blog post all but says that Windows Mobile 6.5 and Marketplace launch on Oct. 6, but Microsoft PR confirms. That's the day for both, and it looks like My Phone will be taken out of beta for good measure.
Our big question involves reaction from the carriers and manufacturers, which Microsoft names in the post. Will Windows Mobile 6.5 be available for any phones on that date? Will we see new phones released with WinMo 6.5? CNet's Ina Fried notes that Microsoft's Robbie Bach is throwing a "consumer open house" on Oct. 6 in New York City, so there may well be something afoot.
To see Microsoft, carriers and manufacturers working in concert — now that would be a big deal. Stay tuned. Our fat fingers are sending out a flurry of inquiries.
Microsoft Recite, that über-neat app that allows you to search your recorded voice notes, got an update to 0.5.7.0 (previous version was 0.5.5.0). You may have noticed this if you received the above error screen in the last few days.
We’re quite spoiled you and I. Can you imagine if twenty years ago someone had shown you the very device you currently carry and use on a daily basis? Being able to instantly communicate using all manner of methods provided by the most mundane of Windows Mobile Phones is simply an amazing example of technology. As generations of Windows Mobile devices pass by there are new and improved hardware toys that become fairly standard in each generation. GPS receivers are an example of a feature that many of us take for granted that is one of the more amazing pieces of consumer technology.
All of this being true, GPS receivers are not included in all of the Windows Mobile devices that we carry around. Even if it is included, getting a radio signal to and from those satellites drains a battery like few other things can. For those of you facing these dilemmas, I present the GlobalSat BT-368i Bluetooth GPS receiver.