Microsoft has announced that handsets featuring its new Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system will arrive at retailers worldwide on October 6.
Windows Marketplace for Mobile
According to Microsoft, WinMo 6.5 will include a redesigned Internet Explorer Mobile browser boasting a new engine and built-in Adobe Flash Lite support for better rendering and completion of tasks.
Handsets also will arrive with Windows Live, enabling users to more effectively manage their social media behaviors across services including Facebook, Twitter and MySpace.
“Looking at the US market, for example, we found that about 15 million people in the next year will buy a new smartphone. Of the people we talked to, 74% listed productivity as the top feature they value in their smartphone,” she said.
“We took this feedback to heart, making the user interface more touch friendly and improving notifications and updates from email, text and calendar items.
“We also included the latest Internet Explorer Mobile browser and added free services like My Phone to help protect data in the event of a lost phone and Windows Marketplace for Mobile for access to a wide variety of applications for direct download.”
This article originally appeared in FierceMobileContent