Microsoft has announced that Windows phones will be widely available at retail stores worldwide on Oct. 6, 2009. The new phones will be the first to feature Windows Mobile 6.5, the latest version of Microsoft’s mobile phone software.
These phones, according to Microsoft, will deliver new customer experiences through an improved, easy-to-use user interface, better browsing capabilities, and access to services, including Windows Marketplace for Mobile and Microsoft My Phone.
“A Windows phone gives people a single phone that works for their whole life, keeping them connected to the people and information they care most about by harnessing the power of the PC, phone, and Web,” said Todd Peters, corporate vice president of the Mobile Communications Marketing Group at Microsoft.
A range of approved and certified applications will be available for direct download to Windows phones from Windows Marketplace for Mobile.
The free My Phone service allows customers to automatically back up and sync photos, music, contacts, and text messages from their phone to the Web, making it easy to access and manage them from their phone or PC or restore the information in the event of a lost phone.
Mobile operators around the globe are expected to expand their portfolios to include phones with Windows Mobile 6.5.