Windows mobile release schedule leaked?

Finally some more information coming out of wild with regards to Windows Mobile and its future roadmap. Now, as per Mary Jo Foley on ZDNet blogs, Microsoft’s planned upgrade of Windows Mobile 6.1 to 6.5 and subsequent 7 will be as per following phases,

  • Windows Mobile 6.5 RTM (release to manufacturing): April 2009
  • First Windows Mobile 6.5 devices from cell phone makers: September 2009
  • Windows Mobile 7.0 release to testers: November 2009
  • First Windows Mobile 7.0 devices from cell phone makers: April 2010

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Picture – Supposedly sliding interface of the future windows mobile 7

I am seriously hoping that windows mobile 6.5, coming up by Sep-09, will provide much better finger touch control over the menus and functions, otherwise, as

people are saying, it might be too little & too late for Microsoft especially as Apple is preparing the iPhone 3G 2.0 & Android is making inroads across industry !

And also, there are reports and news coming out in the Tech World that the management of Zune & Microsoft Media Centre team have joined the Win Mo team, which are good omens.

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