Microsoft Clarifies Windows Mobile 6.5 Upgrades and Features
Prior to today, the general consensus online was that Microsoft's upcoming Windows Mobile 6.5 update would not be released as a update to existing devices, due to the beefed-up hardware requirements. Now Engadget is reporting that word has leaked out prior to the kick-off of CTIA that Microsoft has clarified their stance in regards to WM 6.5 upgrades for existing handsets. Devices currently on the market, such as Palm's Treo Pro (but not the older, lesser clocked 800w) that feature at least a 400 MHz CPU and 128MB or more of RAM can technically accommodate the 6.5 upgrade. It will, however, be up to the individual hardware manufacturers such as Palm and HTC to go through the effort and cost to offer the upgrade to their customers.
Traditionally, Palm has a fairly solid record in regards to Windows Mobile updates for its devices. For example, only Verizon's version of the Treo 700wx received a WM 6 update, while both AT&T and unlocked GSM versions of the Treo 750 could be freely upgraded to WM 6 for a limited period of time. Palm's most recent device, the CDMA Treo Pro on Alltel and Sprint, ships with the newer Internet Explorer Mobile 6 but with Windows Mobile 6.1.
This new WM 6.5 info comes alongside news of additional supports of the Windows Marketplace app store, a new Windows Mobile Facebook client, and upcoming "designer themes" WM 6.5-based devices.