Microsoft?s Marketplace goes live today

Microsoft has launches its new and improved operating system Windows Mobile 6.5 under the umbrella name of Windows Mobile. It promises an improved and more finger-friendly interface with more than the odd tweak that suggests a far happier user experience compared to its predecessor Windows Mobile 6.1. In conjunction, Microsoft has also launched Windows Marketplace for Mobile, which is set to rival the likes of the Apple App Store and Google's Android Market.


Windows Phone has recognised the demand for social networks on the go by implementing a variety of news feeds from Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and Flickr. Users will also be able to access particular functions direct from the unlock screen without having to navigate your way through a variety of menus. The My Phone service is another welcome addition that allows users to both manage and back up their information stored on their handset. Should you have the misfortune of losing your phone, you will be able to see online where it was when it last automatically synced. Useful if it dropped behind a sofa for example. If you fear the phone has been stolen and has little chance of being returned then you can also wipe the phone of its content remotely before restoring it when you get a replacement.


Other highlights include the ability to view embedded videos on websites thanks to the onboard Adobe Flash Lite as well as personalising their handset with the Windows Phone Custom Theme creator.

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