Windows Mobile Variants
After the release of Pocket PC 2000 and Pocket PC 2002 – operating systems for devices that usually didn’t have any phone capabilities – Microsoft released Windows Mobile 2003.
Several editions were available, with two editions for Pocket PCs and two for Windows Mobile capable phone devices, as follows:
- Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC Premium Edition
- Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC Professional Edition
- Windows Mobile 2003 for Smartphone
- Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC Phone Edition
Over time, Windows Mobile would be streamlined into fewer versions.
Windows Mobile 5 was released in 2005, was the first to offer push email functionality (via a direct MS Exchange connection, similar to BlackBerry) and also offered new versions of Office Mobile and Windows Media Player, as well as general hardware support such as GPS, Bluetooth, etc.
In 2007, Windows Mobile 6 was released in three versions:
- Windows Mobile 6 Professional
- Windows Mobile 6 Standard – a version for non touchscreen devices (categorised by Microsoft as smartphones
- Windows Mobile 6 Classic for Pocket PCs – with no phone capability, this version was purely for handheld devices
Following the release of Windows Mobile 6, various upgrade versions have been released:
- Windows Mobile 6.1
- Windows Mobile 6.5
- Windows Mobile 6.5.1
- Windows Mobile 6.5.3
- Windows Mobile 6.5.5
The release of Windows Phone 7 Series will mean a brand new operating system with virtually zero backwards compatibility. However as a result of Microsoft’s hardware specification, it is uinlikely that any current phone will be upgradable to Windows Phone 7 – as such it seems that Windows Mobile 6 will be around for a long time to come.