Windows Mobile 6.5

Microsoft Race to Market Challenge: four Surface tables to win

Microsoft Race to Market Challenge: four Surface tables to win

Microsoft have thrown open the doors to Windows Marketplace for Mobile app store submissions, and to tempt developers away from Apple and other rival platforms they're offering some significant prizes.  The Microsoft Race to Market Challenge will judge entrants in four criteria categories, with the winners each taking away - among other things - a Microsoft Surface multitouch table worth in excess of $10k.

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Sony Ericsson XPERIA X2 gets WM6.5 video demo

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X2 gets WM6.5 video demo

Sony Ericsson's XPERIA X2 has been showing up more and more frequently over the past few weeks, and now there's an almost six minute video of the Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone in action.  The video - in which the XPERIA X2 is referred to by its internal codename, "Vulcan" - runs through the new Microsoft platform, as well as showing a few glimpses of what looks to be Sony Ericsson's own "Panels" UI.

Video demo after the cut

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Windows Mobile 6.5.1 ROM gets video demo

Windows Mobile 6.5.1 ROM gets video demo

The latest build of Windows Mobile 6.5, version 21925, has leaked, showing Microsoft's latest attempts to accommodate fingertip control on the platform.  Going by the screenshots, Microsoft have done away with many of the tabbed pages and instead replaced them with swipe-gestures and large, easily pressed arrow controls.

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Windows Marketplace for Mobile submissions from July 27th; coming to existing 6.0 & 6.1 devices

Windows Marketplace for Mobile submissions from July 27th; coming to existing 6.0 & 6.1 devices

Having just mentioned Windows Marketplace for Mobile as an aside to Apple's 1.5bn App Store downloads, we've now a little more information regarding developers' access to the store and one which devices it will run.  At the Worldwide Partner Conference this week, Microsoft have announced that mobile app submissions will be accepted from July 27th.

Contrary to initial reports that the Marketplace would run solely on Windows Mobile 6.5 devices and above, Microsoft have also confirmed that the download store will be available on WM6.0 and 6.1 by the end of 2009.  Given the number of devices in circulation running WM6.1 alone, and uncertainties about which smartphones will be eligible for 6.5 upgrades, that certainly makes sense for widening Microsoft's user base.

Toshiba TG01 hits Orange UK on July 10th [Video]

Toshiba TG01 hits Orange UK on July 10th [Video]

We're not sure whether Orange have scooped Toshiba in advance of their event later on today, or this is all carefully planned, but the carrier has announced it will exclusively be offering the Toshiba TG01 from July 10th.  Already on sale with Orange France, the UK version of the handset will be priced from free with a £39.15 ($63) 24-month contract with unlimited on-device browsing.

Video demo from Orange after the cut

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