Verizon Treo 700wx finally gets WM6 Upgrade!

With all the hub-bub about CTIA, we let this one slip under our radar: Verizon and Palm let loose the WM6 update for the very long-in-the-tooth (but reliable as heck) Treo 700wx. (nay on the 700w, though check out Ebag's custom ROM for that one).

The update can be found here and is the usual ActiveSync installation.

Users in our forum are reporting that their devices are actually zippier than before, while a few say slightly more sluggish, so YMMV.

Improvements in WM6 include:

  • Calendar functionality - See the big picture at a glance. A Topline bar in the agenda view shows when you're free or busy, and when you have scheduling conflicts. Drill down to view meeting attendees, contact information, acceptance status, and reply-to or forward meeting requests.
  • Email support- Send and receive HTML emails with tables, bullets, and colored text intact1,2,The "smart filter" for contact search is available so you can search for emails stored on your company's Exchange Server2. Send an automated "out-of-office" message from your device2.
  • Office 2007 support - Open and edit Microsoft Office Word and Microsoft Office Excel® documents, and view Microsoft Office PowerPoint® documents. Backward compatible with Office 2003.
  • Windows Vista® compatibility - Easily sync your smartphone to your Windows Vista PC, via the Windows Mobile Device Centre (WMDC).
  • Powerful security and IT policies2 - Remotely wipe devices and SD cards clean in case of loss or theft. Plus, IT can create and enforce tougher security policies, such as password protection to better manage the entire device fleet.
  • Email hot keys - Work in the fast lane with single-key access to your most frequently used email functions. Press "r" to reply, "a" to reply all, or "m" to move to one of your folders.
  • Email Inbox search - Find that important document or email. Automatically search for attachments, senders, or keywords by simply typing a few letters while you're in your email inbox.
  • Access Sharepoint - Get what you need then get going. Access documents stored on your company's SharePoint servers via links in HTML emails1,2.
  • Voice Command via Bluetooth® wireless technology - Get more done while you stay hands-free3, Dial by voice, or hear your upcoming appointments with your Bluetooth headset.

Sure some of us have been using WM6 on our old WM Treos for months now, but official is still nice. Too bad it is not WM6.1 though.

Treo™ 700wx Updater 1.24

Thanks to Broncot and post your experiences or ask questions here!

8 Comments
  • Glad to see that the update has been released, is this a sign that Verizon won't be seeing any new Treos in a the next few weeks like that leaked power point deck indicated that the 800w would be released in Q3 which is almost over.
  • I was under the impression that due to the extremely limited amount of ram the 700w was not able to be upgraded to WM6?
  • You're right NEKFD it is only for the wx - Malatesta must be smoking something. 24.45MB of RAM is not going to cut it for WinMo 6. Hell it doesn't even cut it for WinMo 5.
    Treo? 700wx Updater 1.24
    System Requirements
    * Palm Treo 700wx smartphone for Verizon Wireless.
    This software will not work on any other Windows Mobile devices.
  • yeah, I misread the part about the 1.22 update...will fix later.
    having said that: ebag's WM6 custom ROMs *do* run on the 700w and actually run very well ;-)
  • Talked to VZW, they said the 755P is being phased out, they are no longer getting any shipped to them and that typically means they have something new coming out to replace it which the guy I spoke to said he assumed was the 800w...Problem is the 700wx he said is NOT being phased out, they are still getting them.
    So with the 700wx getting a bump up to WM6, the 755P being phased out - 800w EVER getting to VZW? Maybe a surprise drop of a CDMA Treo Pro on VZW as hinted at by that Chinese company?
    All I know is something's gotta give on VZW, Treo Pro for AT&T & Tmobile, 800w on Sprint and not a damn thing on VZW! Grrrr....!
    It's the network cause it sure ain't the freakin' phones!
  • Talked to VZW, they said the 755P is being phased out, they are no longer getting any shipped to them and that typically means they have something new coming out to replace it which the guy I spoke to said he assumed was the 800w...Problem is the 700wx he said is NOT being phased out, they are still getting them.
    So with the 700wx getting a bump up to WM6, the 755P being phased out - 800w EVER getting to VZW? Maybe a surprise drop of a CDMA Treo Pro on VZW as hinted at by that Chinese company?
    All I know is something's gotta give on VZW, Treo Pro for AT&T & Tmobile, 800w on Sprint and not a damn thing on VZW! Grrrr....!
    It's the network cause it sure ain't the freakin' phones!
    So true - VZW is a joke when I comes to releasing new smart phones. I have no idea who at Sprint has pictures of the HTC & Palm CEO's w/ barn animals - but someone at VZW needs to get some ASAP!
    Sprint already has the 800w (for two months now!!) got the Touch and "Mogul" a year before VZW, and it now looking to release the Diamond shortly and the Touch Pro next month - in the meantime VZW is sitting on its hands! That whole "carrier testing" thing is complete BS - while it does take them longer than most carriers it's only because they are looking for ways to cripple the device...
    Had I known it would be this way when I got my 700w I'd never have signed up with them. I will be moving to Sprint - I am sure the signal isn't that much worse....prices sure are better!
    ...and don't hold your breath on waiting for VZW to pickup the CDMA version of the Treo Pro - ain't gonna happen!
  • So true - VZW is a joke when I comes to releasing new smart phones. I have no idea who at Sprint has pictures of the HTC & Palm CEO's w/ barn animals - but someone at VZW needs to get some ASAP!
    Sprint already has the 800w (for two months now!!) got the Touch and "Mogul" a year before VZW, and it now looking to release the Diamond shortly and the Touch Pro next month - in the meantime VZW is sitting on its hands! That whole "carrier testing" thing is complete BS - while it does take them longer than most carriers it's only because they are looking for ways to cripple the device...
    Had I known it would be this way when I got my 700w I'd never have signed up with them. I will be moving to Sprint - I am sure the signal isn't that much worse....prices sure are better!
    ...and don't hold your breath on waiting for VZW to pickup the CDMA version of the Treo Pro - ain't gonna happen!
    LOL!!! VERY FUNNY cmajewsk! Thanks for the humor! I am also a victim of the 700w...all of the freezes and hard crashes...multiple soft resets daily...hard resets quarterly...even the phone itself crashes...and ALL of the Bluetooth issues which STILL haven't been resolved! Yes folks, I know there are other Windows Mobile phone options but...quite frankly, I have had enough. I am staying with Verizon, but switching to BlackBerry (Curve). Best wishes to all.:)
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