Windows Mobile 5.0

Microsoft released the latest version of their Windows Mobile OS on Tuesday. has a fairly extensive first glance at the OS as well as some screenshots.

A number of changes have been made to the platform. The user interface has been redesigned for one-handed operation, meaning that you should be able to use your PocketPC PDA reasonably well without having to pull out the stylus. There is new support for wireless data networks, including 3G and WiFi data for the smartphone devices.

The new platform will also allow networks and manufacturers to add functionality to the system, so that new features such as Push-To-Talk and video conferencing can be added. User should also welcome the new support for persistent memory storage, which will allow the device to maintain data even when it has no more battery power (just as PalmOS devices do). Microsoft has also added support for hard drives and USB 2.0, which should pave the way for the first hard drive equipped, Microsoft powered smartphone.

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