More on Windows Mobile 6.1; MS Live Search, Yahoo OneSearchTag : yahoo , live search , windows mobile
This week is mostly a follow-up to last week’s column on the new Windows Mobile 6.1, including more information about Internet Explorer Mobile and device upgrades. We’ll also note major upgrades to Microsoft Live Search for Windows Mobile and Yahoo OneSearch.
Video Demo of Internet Explorer Mobile
One of the big announcements related to Windows Mobile 6.1 was a new version of Internet Explorer Mobile. But frankly, I was confused. However, I now understand that two different iterations of Internet Explorer were announced.
Windows Mobile 6.1, which will appear on devices in the next couple months, will have an incremental upgrade to Internet Explorer Mobile that includes zooming in and out, the ability to scroll around a page, and improved Internet support for Web 2.0 technologies.
However, there will also be a major upgrade to Internet Explorer Mobile that’s expected to be available by the end of this year. It will be rewritten from the ground up and will render Web sites much like your desktop computer with the same look and feel. Zooming will be much more fluid, similar to the iPhone. AND it will support embedded Flash video.
Brighthand has posted a video that demos these two new versions of Internet Explorer Mobile and explains the features.
By the way, the keynote by Robbie Bach announcing WM 6.1 is available on Microsoft’s site as both video and text.
Upgrades to Windows Mobile 6.1
According to the Microsoft press release that we mentioned last week, many manufacturers and mobile carriers have announced they will upgrade or expand their offerings to include Windows Mobile 6.1.
Upgrades will include Samsung BlackJack II, Moto Q 9h, AT&T Tilt, HTC Touch, HTC Mogul, Moto Q 9c, Samsung ACE, TyTN II, I-mate Ultimate, and Toshiba Portégé.
Windows Mobile 6.1 for Dell and Older Devices
The kicker is that HP has said that none of its current models will be upgraded. Apparently there is a “cooked” version of Windows Mobile 6.1 for some older devices that carriers and manufacturers have no intention of supporting. Our blogger Werner mentions this cooked version of Windows Mobile 6.1 (see point 1.c.) and hopes it may become available for current iPAQs. And in a second post he goes into more detail about using this cooked version on devices such as the Dell Axim x51v, iPAQ hx4700, and the HTC Universal and Wizard.
Live Search for Windows Mobile
At CTIA Microsoft announced new features for Live Search for Windows Mobile, which offers local business search, maps, driving directions, movie showtimes, and more, and even lets you speak your questions instead of typing.
The new version coming soon will let you immediately see the address of any contact on a map and get directions to that address; view custom maps of locations and events; launch Web search directly from the software to find Web pages, product price comparisons and reviews, news, images, and more; and view the latest weather conditions and the 4-day forecast.
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