Windows Mobile 6.5 continues to change

A build of Windows Mobile 6.5 appeared last week that received a lot of press because of the surprising changes like the new tab control and over-sized…everything. All of this done in the name of improving usability on touchscreen devices. This new build was part of the 219xx branch, which is rumored to be used for developing the 6.5.1 release of Windows Mobile.

Well, the leaks continue as there are some newer WM6.5 builds this week that showcase even more changes. In these new builds, 21932 and 2193, Microsoft is moving even further towards “finger friendliness” with an oversize toolbar at the bottom. Even more interesting is the new text magnification, similar to what is present on the iPhone. Also present is the odd use of two “Ok” buttons in opposite corners of the screen.

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There is no doubting that these are welcomed changes that will improve the Windows Mobile experience. However the more time Microsoft spends developing WM6.5, the less time they are working on the more important product, Windows Mobile 7.

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