Microsoft has announced that Windows Mobile 6.5 will be available starting on October 6. HTC has already pledged that it will offer new devices running WinMo 6.5 at that time. Other handset makers who have publicly committed to WIndows Mobile 6.5 include Acer, Samsung, LG, Sony Ericsson, Toshiba, and Hewlett-Packard.
Handset makers aren't the only ones banking on Windows Mobile. A number of wireless network operators around the world plan to sell those devices, including AT&T, Sprint Nextel, Verizon Wireless, Orange, T-Mobile, Vodafone, NTT DoCoMO, Softbank Mobile, SKT, Telstra and Telus.
With that kind of depth and breadth, it means enterprise users and consumers alike are going to have plenty of choice when it comes to both phones and networks. Can this shotgun approach help Microsoft win back some of the market share it has lost to rivals Apple and RIM? It obviously thinks so.
Windows Mobile 6.5 has yet to prove itself. Many, including InformationWeek blogger Ed Hansberry, don't think that WinMo 6.5 goes far enough. Whether or not it does, a lot of companies are counting on it to generate sales.