Windows Mobile 6.5 Screenshots Surface

Smartphone France has scored images of what appear to be legitimate screenshots of Windows Mobile 6.5. What we're looking at here appears to be a new, sliding-panels-inspired today screen and also a pretty cool and interesting hexagon/beehive shaped shortcut screen. It's a nice change from your standard square look, though we wonder how a 5-way dpad would handle that.

The look, at least on the sliding panels portion you see at right, has a decidedly Zune-feel too it (of which we approve), and we also like that the non-selected items display information too (note the weather and the email lines).

In all, it certainly looks like 6.5 is going to give Windows Mobile some shiny, good-looking elements. It remains to be seen what sort of added functionality we'll be getting in addition to the above. Cross your fingers for that Music icon!

[via wmpoweruser]

19 Comments
  • Wow, that looks great. Definitely looking forward to this OS.
  • It looks like the tiles continue off of the screen. I wonder if this would work by shifting the selected tile to the center of the screen to be surrounded by the six most related functions. This could act like spinning a globe instead of rotating a cube like those used on other WM initerfaces.
  • Very nice looking. Hopefully the graphical improvements go beyond the today screen...
    I think everyone who has written off WM as being too behind is premature. MSFT has deep pockets, WM is an established brand, they have a great deal of potential turnaround there.
  • doesn't look real
  • I'd like to see a few more screenshots from other sources before getting too excited. These do look sort of Photochop-esque. However this would be promising. The Zune-like menu system in particular has me hopeful/excited that maybe they'll eventually enable Zune functionality and software integration. It only makes sense that the two platforms be similar and compatible at some point.
  • Guys. Seriously? How could those screenshots represent a minor (.5) change in an OS?
    That's clearly a made-up picture (aka FAKE). It's way different from the current versions, and they don't follow their guidelines, so how could an application built for WM 6 work on this?
    It might be WM7, a major change, but absolutely not v6.5
    Wasn't this a reliable website?
  • [COLOR="Navy">I'm not 100% sold either, but I view all early shots with a grain of salt anyway.
    I won't hold it against the site for posting this though. It's certainly a reliable site IMO. [/COLOR]
  • It looks like the tiles continue off of the screen. I wonder if this would work by shifting the selected tile to the center of the screen to be surrounded by the six most related functions. This could act like spinning a globe instead of rotating a cube like those used on other WM initerfaces.
    That's certainly what it looks like. Remind anyone of anything?
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    Say what you like about Microsoft and the WM UI, but they aren't completely clueless. This has to be fake.
  • The problem with this will be the same problem as with IE6 Mobile. Microsoft will say the current crop of Windows Mobile phones can't handle the processing power that Windows Mobile 6.5 requires and that Windows Mobile 6.5 will only be available on FUTURE phones. Microsoft is killing Windows Mobile with actions like this.
  • [COLOR="Navy">A little off topic, but didn't Nokia do something similar with their new crop of "N" series phones? They said they can only offer the newer feature packs on new phones, and older phones cannot get the firmware updates. Maybe that's changed, but I don't know. I read a rumor that they agreed to update the N95-4 but that was it.
    However with MSFT, they DO offer updates if the phone is still new enough. Although perhaps 6.5 has been entirely rewritten. We really don't know all the facts yet(unless you're an insider), so before blaming MSFT, let's just see what 6.5 really is. If it turns out to be an incremental upgrade of 6.1, just as 6.1 was of 6.0, current phones MAY be able to handle an update. They're coming out with better screens and bigger processors.
    WM7 doesn't seem like it's going to be ready in a timely manner and 6.5 looks like the bone thrown to those waiting if you ask me. I'm going to bet that some phones WILL get an update.
    Also remember that MSFT has been known to sometimes flip. They say they won't offer the new mobile browser for download on current phones, but we'll see what they end up actually doing.[/COLOR]
  • This was already confirmed as fake. Good job guys; keep up the good editorial work.
  • This was already confirmed as fake. Good job guys; keep up the good editorial work.
    I disagree.
  • As pointed out by a couple of commenters at wmpoweruser, the 'home' icon in the hexagon pic is lifted straight from OSX and that pic at least is clearly fake. The other one I guess is damned by association.
  • I disagree.You disagree with what? That it was already confirmed as fake or that it's good editorial work? It was confirmed fake by several sources mostly for the fact that it uses OS X icons. If you disagree with the good editorial work... well, I was being sarcastic so don't worry :p.
  • You disagree with what? That it was already confirmed as fake or that it's good editorial work? It was confirmed fake by several sources mostly for the fact that it uses OS X icons. If you disagree with the good editorial work... well, I was being sarcastic so don't worry :p.
    lol
    I disagree that they are fake. But there are caveats to that...
  • I disagree that they are fake.
    I'd be interested in your explanation as to why at least one OS X icon has ended up in there if you think that pic is real. A real pic with an Apple icon overlaid? A (bad) reconstruction? Microsoft actually used the OS X icon? Pray tell...
  • I disagree that they are fake. But there are caveats to that...You're right. They're real. Microsoft bought Apple and is now using their icons. :thumbsup:
    It uses OS X icons and the top icons don't line up (inconsistent). Plus the interfaces are vastly different so I don't see how you could go from one to another.
    Besides, as already mentioned an interface change of that magnitude would not happen in a .5 release.
  • the OSX icons won't be in the *actual* software of WM6.5 & no one publicly knows what the *real* version of 6.5 will look like
    think of OS development & the steps in creation/modifications. think of when & why u may cheat on graphic layout (plus, remember MS employees do have a sense of humor)
    also: the site that originally posted them has a stellar reputation
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