From what I've seen, Windows Mobile's new look is really nice, but I won't be able to provide a full, hands-on opinion until I'm able to field-test a unit when it becomes available. I'm a fan of the Windows Mobile operating system (it was my only option at my last employer) and can't wait to give this new incremental update a road test.
Microsoft's other major announcement is that it's busy prepping its own App Store. Windows Marketplace will join similarly announced (and in some cases real) offerings from Apple, Google, Nokia (Stock Quote: NOK), Samsung and a bunch of others.
One other feature of note: Microsoft My Phone. Microsoft says that a whopping 77% of mobile-phone pictures never make it off the phone. This new service will allow Windows-based smartphone users to back up and share their photos, as well as text messages, video and contacts, through a password-protected Web portal.
There also was an announcement from the Bill and Melissa Gates Foundation, expanding the availability of financial services to millions of people in the developing world through mobile phones:
"The Mobile Money for the Unbanked (MMU) programme, supported by a $12.5 million grant from the foundation, will work with mobile operators, banks, microfinance institutions, government and development organizations to encourage the expansion of reliable, affordable mobile financial services to the unbanked."
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