Microsoft had a big day today. Today, they formally announced Windows Mobile 6.5 as well as Windows Phones for AT&T and Verizon. These phones include HTC Pure and also the HTC HD2 will be coming next year in the states.
The reviews so far have been mixed. The main point across all these reviews is that even though Windows Mobile 6.5 gives the OS a nice facelift, it still has some nagging problems especially in terms of the Web browsing. We’ll all have to wait for the true successor for the mobile OS which is Windows Mobile 7.
I thought that the best thing to come out of Windows 6.5 was Microsoft’s My Phone service.
My Phone is a free service from Microsoft which allows you to sync your info like contacts and messages “into the cloud”. All you need is a Windows Live ID.
My Phone also comes with premium services which costs $4.99. Some of the premium services include the ability to immediately locate the phone’s current location on a map (in the U.S. only); remotely lock a phone and post an “if found” message to its screen; loudly ring the phone even if it is set to vibrate or silent mode; and ultimately, if needed, completely erase the phone to protect personal data from falling into the wrong hands which I think it’s cool. It reminds of the service that Apple offers.
I think this type of service will eventually expand into more smartphones in the upcoming year and hopefully this can expand to laptops as well.
For more info, check out the My Phone website.