Microsoft Releases New Mobile Platform
Microsoft has released its Windows Mobile 6 platform for smart phones and other devices. The platform attempts to include as many features and functions that consumers and businesses would find on their PCs. New features include the ability to view e-mails in HTML form with live links to Web and SharePoint sites. The platform also includes Windows Live, with features such as Live Messeanger, which allows a person to chat with several different people at once and the ability to record or send voice notes.
Manufacturers that plan to incorporate Mobile 6 on their new smart phones and other devices, due in the second quarter, include LG Electronics, Samsung, Toshiba, Motorola and HP, according to Microsoft. Carriers supporting the new platform, Microsoft said, include Cingular Wireless, Sprint, Verizon Wireless and Vodafone.
The new platform attempts to offer as much of an Office experience that can fit on the small screen, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint capabilities. The features allow end users to view, edit and navigate Word documents and Excel spreadsheets, for example, in the original formats.