- 07-27-2007, 05:24 PM #77
- 07-27-2007, 05:52 PM #78
- 07-27-2007, 07:51 PM #79
Hopefully this one will be unlocked soon enough!
What I like from the videos and such I've seen
1. GUI - very good
2. good internal memory
3. forces competitors too comfortable with their devices to innovate :thumbsup:
- 07-27-2007, 11:22 PM #80
- 07-27-2007, 11:24 PM #81
(I can't beleive you can't turn them off independently, but surely someone here who has one can confirm.)
- 07-27-2007, 11:26 PM #82
- 07-27-2007, 11:30 PM #83
- 07-29-2007, 06:19 AM #84
Microsoft is being so secretive about the next really major update to Windows Mobile it won't even give its code name, though most people have been calling it Photon for some time. For convenience sake, I'm going to keep calling it that. A good guess on the final name is Windows Mobile 6.0, though Microsoft won't confirm that, of course.
As I said before, all I can give you on this upcoming version is my impressions, not any details. I wasn't even allowed to take notes during the presentation.
With Photon, Microsoft's developers have made great improvements in ease of use. Imagine being able to control every facet of your device from one screen, with one hand. You'll be able to do that with Photon.
Microsoft isn't completely pitching out the user interface we've all become accustomed to on our handhelds and smartphones; It's just refining it, and making it much easier to use.
Really, I think just about everyone came out of the briefing wishing handhelds and smartphones running Photon were available now. But they aren't and they won't be for a long time, as Microsoft is now saying that this upgraded version of Windows Mobile won't be out until 2008.
At this point, I wouldn't expect devices running Photon until about two years from now. With Crossbow not being released until the second half of 2007, I'd be very surprised if Photon was available before late 2008. That's a long time to wait for something that's going to be this good.
There's more than one way to skin the cat and "being able to control every facet of your device from one screen, with one hand" doesn't necessarily imply that they're moving more towards a "touch friendly" UI. Current S60 devices for instance are completely workable one-handed and none have a touchscreen. Note also the comment "Microsoft isn't completely pitching out the user interface". Seems to me the main UI change in going from PPC2003 to WM5 was the addition of the two menus coupled to two physical buttons; evolution in that direction doesn't get you to an iPhone-like UI.
Not saying you're wrong, just wondering where you get your info (and what that info is).
- 08-01-2007, 12:46 AM #86
Apparently the update solves the "polka dot" problem (for those who had it).
Also added some actual new features, though none of the biggies.
I suspect there will be another update two weeks from today, and this time there will be some surprises.
- 08-01-2007, 08:42 AM #88
some changes to settings. mail now has "bcc myself" instead of "cc myself." The autolock has more choices for time delay. Someone said there was some change to phone favorites to allow more, but i am not aware of a limit so i'm not sure what he was talking about. Couple more scattered reports of small changes which i can't confirm.