Migration to Windows Mobile 6

After a few months after the official announcement, the manufacturers have finally woken up. Today we already have the opportunity to get acquainted not only with the first devices on the market on Windows Mobile 6, but also install official updates on models already on sale.

It is the question of whether the transition to Windows Mobile 6 from version 5.0 is justified and will occupy us in this article.

Elephant distribution

It's no secret that E-Ten reacted faster than others by releasing updates to the new OS for its Glofiish X500 and M700 models. It was on these two devices that we tested the OS change, measured the test results and drew conclusions. But before we get into the story, let's take a look at the situation with updates for other manufacturers.

The E-Ten announcement has already come to life. Updates for models are available on the official website of the company. To download, you will need to specify the serial number of your device.

HTC has also announced that updates are coming soon. Estimated date is June. We already wrote about this in the material about the new products of May, you can find the document on the official website of the company.

Asus is next in line. ASUSTeK Computer has officially announced that users of MyPal A639/A626/A686/A696 handhelds and P535/P735 communicators will be able to upgrade the operating system to Windows Mobile 6. The expected release date for updates is July this year. Also note that the company is talking about a completely free update. Whether the firmware will be available to everyone or only to registered owners of Asus products, we will find out in July.

Samsung has not yet announced its plans for the release of updates. We dare to assume that the chance to see firmware with a new OS for Samsung devices already on the market is very low. This is due to the fact that the Windows Mobile segment is not a key segment for the company. The company is unlikely to make extra steps in this segment. Although there is still hope for updates.

What's new?

You can easily read reviews of Windows Mobile 5.0 and Windows Mobile 6 operating systems on our website. But they lack only one detail - a direct comparison on several given parameters. Simply put, now we will make such a simple comparison and see what a simple user actually gains when switching to WM 6?

Graphics, system appearance

Certainly, this can be called the most noticeable update for the average user, no matter how scary such a statement sounds for some citizens attached to Windows Mobile. Changing icons, menu bars, new musical themes - all this is clearly visible when demonstrating the OS and lies on the surface.

From a practical point of view, updating the graphics does nothing. In fact, in WM 5.0, you can easily achieve an interface similar to WM 6 or any other. The number of programs for changing the appearance of the OS is large, and among them there are indeed those that can completely change the graphics of the system. Let's take WisBar Advance as an example. With its help, you can change the appearance of the system beyond recognition.

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There is only one disadvantage of this approach to changing the appearance of the OS. The application itself constantly occupies a certain (by no means small) amount of memory, which somewhat reduces the performance of the device. At the same time, you get the opportunity to change the appearance to your liking.

Summary: new icons and a fresh style is, of course, good. But you will not get any practical benefit from this.

Working with phone functions

This part of the OS has been hit hardest by the critics to this day. Only the lazy one does not scold the inconvenience of working with contacts, a list of calls, etc. on Windows Mobile. In WM 6, changes have been made in terms of convenience and consistency in the organization of this part of the system. In particular, this is evidenced by the use of the Smart Dial 2.0 function., and the presence of an end-to-end search.

< /p>

That's where the significant differences end. The end result is a list of contacts with some interesting additions that were previously available only with the installation of the appropriate software. In WM 6, the address book was not radically different, but it was significantly updated.

The ability to use files with WMA and MP3 extensions in communicators today cannot be written as a plus. Rather, we can say that Microsoft has finally added such an obvious feature.

Summary: there are tangible changes in terms of phone functions, but their number is small. If you are used to working with the address book in WM 5.0, then the transition to WM 6 will not be painful, but the update will not bring revolutionary innovations in this regard

Updating the office part (Office mobile)

It is impossible for owners of smartphones on WM 5.0 not to notice the differences in this part. In WM 6 Standard (OS version for smartphones), office is already preinstalled. At the same time, WM 5.0 did not provide an office for such devices.

Otherwise, we have a completely identical package of office programs. There is only one change in relation to the previous version of the OS - the download slider. There is talk of better formatting, but, as practice shows, both the old (WM 5.0) and the new (WM 6) office suites equally cope with this task.

Summary: the possibilities of working with documents for users of communicators have not changed by and large. Smartphone users now have the ability to view documents.

Messages, calendar, tasks, MS Exchange Server

In addition to the end-to-end search, which we have already mentioned, it is impossible not to note the possibility of searching for information (contacts, letters) in a database running on MS Exchange Server. All possibilities for integrating the mobile OS and MS Exchange are available if the company uses the latest version of the software - MS Exchange Server 2007.

Admittedly, not everyone is interested in the capabilities of the OS to work with the server and the corporate database. Nevertheless, in Windows Mobile 6 support for MS Exchange is fully implemented. Another question is who will use these features of the system? That's right, corporate users. And here we come to a simple conclusion.

Summary: the most significant updates in the system are related to the optimization and tight integration of WM 6 and MS Exchange Server. And it is these changes that will not be appreciated by ordinary users at all.

The question about the compatibility of programs written for WM 5.0 is not even relevant. Both systems are based on the same core and are fully compatible in terms of software.

Performance

We evaluated this parameter using the good old method of simply using two devices with different OS versions for a month, which, of course, is extremely subjective. We also evaluated the performance in packages that have already become standard.

All operations were performed on the Glofiish X500 communicator. The first stage - testing on Windows Mobile 5.0, the second - respectively, flashing the device to WM 6 and repeating the test cycle.

Let's start with the classic SPB Benchmark. Including its results in the final conclusion is already some tradition. Although it is no longer possible to call an indicative test today.

The result shows us identical performance of the communicator on different OS versions. A difference of several tens in this case can be neglected.

Next, we test the device with a benchmark built into the Core Player.

The situation is similar to the first test, the communicator shows identical video processing speed results on each OS version.

If we talk about the sensations, the speed of work "by eye", then originality cannot be added. Personally, while using the device on the new OS, I did not notice any differences in speed. Parallel use of Glofiish X500 on WM 6 and Glofiish M700 on WM 5.0 only confirmed my belief that the talk about increasing the speed of work is nothing more than a myth. In reality, even if there is an increase, it is no more than 2-5 percent, it is impossible to feel it.

For the sake of fairness, we note that no fundamental innovations were introduced into the systems, and it would be wrong to expect an increase in speed with a change in numbers.

The battery life results are also completely identical. Comments are unnecessary.

And the conclusion is very simple - upgrading the system from WM 5.0 to WM 6 will bring you positive emotions, especially if you do it yourself, and everything will be successful. Further, the mood rises from the sight of a beautiful menu and new icons. On this acquaintance with new opportunities, by and large, ends. Further exploration of the magnifying glass system will reveal a few more innovations. And maybe then you can say to yourself: “Yes, I didn’t update the system in vain!”.

Writing a negative opus is always easy, it's hard to argue with that. But our goal was not to present the new OS in the worst possible light. We have only focused on its main features. One can argue a lot about the fact that the article did not mention important details, imperceptible at first glance, but significant changes. You can even say that it is from the details that have changed that the overall picture is obtained. But it's not.

We are talking about looking at the Windows Mobile platform from the position of mass sales, expanding popularity. From the point of view of a simple user, end-to-end search and integration with MS Exchange Server are hardly attractive things.

On the other hand, the development and massive transition of users to Windows Vista will have a positive effect on the recognition of devices running Windows Mobile 6. A familiar interface, colors that have become native and the start button ... But is this enough?

Conclusion

Why not dream up one last time? What needs to be added to the new version of Windows Mobile to make it really interesting and user-friendly? So that instead of an endless search for alternative programs, the user (here I'm exaggerating a little) enjoys the capabilities of the OS.

It seems to me that Microsoft should move away from the focus on the corporate segment a little. It is somewhat different to place accents when updating the system, improving certain functions. There is potential in Windows Mobile, it is visible, but still not revealed by the developer.

Windows Media Player migrated to WM 6 without changes. It's still the same simple player with a more or less intelligible library, but no more. It is worth improving the player's interface, installing several visual styles in the kit at once, giving users the opportunity to set up playlists, an equalizer, and visually minimize the player so that information about the track is on the “Today” screen. And pull it out a little in the menu, not make the player a secret, but show it. Make sure that device manufacturers are interested in this component. In order for HTC to finally start investing in a set of adapters for headphones with a 3.5 mm jack. So that a banal but incredibly effective advertisement with a hackneyed slogan appeared - “New music phone from HTC, i-Mate, Asus, etc.”

Internet Explorer has been the system's Achilles' heel since time immemorial. Just a year ago, the company realized that the browser may well occupy not 15 windows, exactly like the sites being viewed, but neatly open new pages in tabs. Unfortunately, understanding has so far only come to desktop PCs. In WM 6, the browser is still simple. The situation with IE is phenomenal to some extent. In devices that are mostly positioned as convenient tools for web surfing, the browser supports only basic functions. Today, it's gotten to the point where HTC is preinstalling its flagship business-targeted X7500 with the Opera browser.

And, perhaps, the most visible of the unused advantages of the platform. Touchscreen. How is it used on a Windows Mobile system? To control the system with a pen and text input. The OS does not even have the simplest programs that can attract the user, try to interest him in the idea of ​​​​using the touch screen, show him how convenient it is. Instead, today we are seeing more and more talk about the fact that the company cannot implement a decent smartphone version of the system.

In this sense, the example of the announcement of the Apple iPhone is indicative. The company has built the device around the capabilities of the touch screen. Giving users the ability to control the device with their fingers and the competent presentation of this feature already now, before the release of the model, made it a cult. Naturally, this is not the main reason for the popularity of the iPhone, but its role is also significant.

This can be put more simply - Windows Mobile doesn't need technical changes, it's the people and manufacturers that don't use the system's potential that need changes. Advertising, design, mass character, simplicity - these words should be used in the development of a new OS. The corporate segment is developing in parallel with the rest of the market and it does not make any difference in general.

Migration to Windows Mobile 6

A few months after the official announcement, the manufacturers have finally woken up. Today we already have the opportunity to get acquainted not only with the first devices on the market on Windows Mobile 6, but also install official updates on models already on sale.

It is the question of whether the transition to Windows Mobile 6 from version 5.0 is justified and will occupy us in this article.

Elephant distribution

It's no secret that E-Ten reacted faster than others by releasing updates to the new OS for its Glofiish X500 and M700 models. It was on these two devices that we tested the OS change, measured the test results and drew conclusions. But before we get into the story, let's take a look at the situation with updates for other manufacturers.

The E-Ten announcement has already come to life. Updates for models are available on the official website of the company. To download, you will need to specify the serial number of your device.

HTC has also announced that updates will be released soon. Estimated date is June. We already wrote about this in the material about the new products of May, you can find the document on the official website of the company.

Asus is next in line. ASUSTeK Computer has officially announced that users of MyPal A639/A626/A686/A696 handhelds and P535/P735 communicators will be able to upgrade the operating system to Windows Mobile 6. The expected release date for updates is July this year. Also note that the company is talking about a completely free update. Whether the firmware will be available to everyone or only to registered owners of Asus products, we will find out in July.

Samsung has not yet announced its plans for the release of updates. We dare to assume that the chance to see firmware with a new OS for Samsung devices already on the market is very low. This is due to the fact that the Windows Mobile segment is not a key segment for the company. The company is unlikely to make extra steps in this segment. Although there is still hope for updates.

What's new?

You can easily read reviews of Windows Mobile 5.0 and Windows Mobile 6 operating systems on our website. But they lack only one detail - a direct comparison on several given parameters. Simply put, now we will make such a simple comparison and see what a simple user actually gains when switching to WM 6?

Graphics, system appearance

Certainly, this can be called the most noticeable update for the average user, no matter how scary such a statement sounds for some citizens attached to Windows Mobile. Changing icons, menu bars, new musical themes - all this is clearly visible when demonstrating the OS and lies on the surface.

С практической точки зрения обновление графики не дает ничего. По сути в WM 5.0 можно без труда добиться интерфейса, схожего с WM 6 или любого другого. Количество программ для смены внешнего вида ОС велико, и среди них есть действительно те, которые могут полностью изменить графику системы. В качестве примера приведем программу WisBar Advance. С ее помощью можно изменить внешний вид системы до неузнаваемости.

< /p>

There is only one disadvantage of this approach to changing the appearance of the OS. The application itself constantly occupies a certain (by no means small) amount of memory, which somewhat reduces the performance of the device. At the same time, you get the opportunity to change the appearance to your liking.

Summary: new icons and a fresh style is, of course, good. But you will not get any practical benefit from this.

Working with phone functions

This part of the OS has been hit hardest by the critics to this day. Only the lazy one does not scold the inconvenience of working with contacts, a list of calls, etc. on Windows Mobile. In WM 6, changes have been made in terms of convenience and consistency in the organization of this part of the system. In particular, this is evidenced by the use of the Smart Dial 2.0 function., and the presence of an end-to-end search.

< /p>

That's where the significant differences end. The end result is a list of contacts with some interesting additions that were previously available only with the installation of the appropriate software. In WM 6, the address book was not radically different, but it was significantly updated.

The ability to use files with WMA and MP3 extensions in communicators today cannot be written as a plus. Rather, we can say that Microsoft has finally added such an obvious feature.

Summary: there are tangible changes in terms of phone functions, but their number is small. If you are used to working with the address book in WM 5.0, then the transition to WM 6 will not be painful, but the update will not bring revolutionary innovations in this regard

Updating the office part (Office mobile)

It is impossible for owners of smartphones on WM 5.0 not to notice the differences in this part. In WM 6 Standard (OS version for smartphones), office is already preinstalled. At the same time, WM 5.0 did not provide an office for such devices.

Otherwise, we have a completely identical package of office programs. There is only one change in relation to the previous version of the OS - the download slider. There is talk of better formatting, but, as practice shows, both the old (WM 5.0) and the new (WM 6) office suites equally cope with this task.

Summary: the possibilities of working with documents for users of communicators have not changed by and large. Smartphone users now have the ability to view documents.

Messages, calendar, tasks, MS Exchange Server

In addition to the end-to-end search, which we have already mentioned, it is impossible not to note the possibility of searching for information (contacts, letters) in a database running on MS Exchange Server. All possibilities for integrating mobile OS and MS Exchange are available if the company uses the latest software version - MS Exchange Server 2007.

Admittedly, not everyone is interested in the capabilities of the OS to work with the server and the corporate database. Nevertheless, in Windows Mobile 6 support for MS Exchange is fully implemented. Another question is who will use these features of the system? That's right, corporate users. And here we come to a simple conclusion.

Summary: the most significant updates in the system are related to the optimization and tight integration of WM 6 and MS Exchange Server. And it is these changes that will not be appreciated by ordinary users at all.

The question about the compatibility of programs written for WM 5.0 is not even relevant. Both systems are based on the same core and are fully compatible in terms of software.

Performance

We evaluated this parameter using the good old method of simply using two devices with different OS versions for a month, which, of course, is extremely subjective. We also evaluated the performance in packages that have already become standard.

All operations were performed on the Glofiish X500 communicator. The first stage - testing on Windows Mobile 5.0, the second - respectively, flashing the device to WM 6 and repeating the test cycle.

Let's start with the classic SPB Benchmark. Including its results in the final conclusion is already some tradition. Although it is no longer possible to call an indicative test today.

The result shows us identical performance of the communicator on different OS versions. A difference of several tens in this case can be neglected.

Next, we test the device with a benchmark built into the Core Player.

The situation is similar to the first test, the communicator shows identical video processing speed results on each OS version.

If we talk about the sensations, the speed of work "by eye", then originality cannot be added. Personally, while using the device on the new OS, I did not notice any differences in speed. Parallel use of Glofiish X500 on WM 6 and Glofiish M700 on WM 5.0 only confirmed my belief that the talk about increasing the speed of work is nothing more than a myth. In reality, even if there is an increase, it is no more than 2-5 percent, it is impossible to feel it.

For the sake of fairness, we note that no fundamental innovations were introduced into the systems, and it would be wrong to expect an increase in speed with a change in numbers.

The battery life results are also completely identical. Comments are unnecessary.

And the conclusion is very simple - upgrading the system from WM 5.0 to WM 6 will bring you positive emotions, especially if you do it yourself, and everything will be successful. Further, the mood rises from the sight of a beautiful menu and new icons. On this acquaintance with new opportunities, by and large, ends. Further exploration of the magnifying glass system will reveal a few more innovations. And maybe then you can say to yourself: “Yes, I didn’t update the system in vain!”.

Writing a negative opus is always easy, it's hard to argue with that. But our goal was not to present the new OS in the worst possible light. We have only focused on its main features. One can argue a lot about the fact that the article did not mention important details, imperceptible at first glance, but significant changes. You can even say that it is from the details that have changed that the overall picture is obtained. But it's not.

We are talking about looking at the Windows Mobile platform from the position of mass sales, expanding popularity. From the point of view of a simple user, end-to-end search and integration with MS Exchange Server are hardly attractive things.

On the other hand, the development and massive transition of users to Windows Vista will have a positive effect on the recognition of devices running Windows Mobile 6. A familiar interface, colors that have become native and the start button ... But is this enough?

Conclusion

Why not dream up one last time? What needs to be added to the new version of Windows Mobile to make it really interesting and user-friendly? So that instead of an endless search for alternative programs, the user (here I'm exaggerating a little) enjoys the capabilities of the OS.

It seems to me that Microsoft should move away from the focus on the corporate segment a little. It is somewhat different to place accents when updating the system, improving certain functions. There is potential in Windows Mobile, it is visible, but still not revealed by the developer.

Windows Media Player migrated to WM 6 without changes. It's still the same simple player with a more or less intelligible library, but no more. It is worth improving the player's interface, installing several visual styles in the kit at once, giving users the opportunity to set up playlists, an equalizer, and visually minimize the player so that information about the track is on the “Today” screen. And pull it out a little in the menu, do not make the player a secret, but show it. Make sure that device manufacturers are interested in this component. For HTC to finally start investing in a set of adapters for headphones with a 3.5 mm jack. So that a banal but incredibly effective advertisement with a hackneyed slogan appeared - “New music phone from HTC, i-Mate, Asus, etc.”

Internet Explorer has been the system's Achilles' heel since time immemorial. Just a year ago, the company realized that the browser may well occupy not 15 windows, exactly like the sites being viewed, but neatly open new pages in tabs. Unfortunately, understanding has so far only come to desktop PCs. In WM 6, the browser is still simple. The situation with IE is phenomenal to some extent. In devices that are mostly positioned as convenient tools for web surfing, the browser supports only basic functions. Today, it's gotten to the point where HTC is preinstalling its flagship business-targeted X7500 with the Opera browser.

And, perhaps, the most visible of the unused advantages of the platform. Touchscreen. How is it used in a Windows Mobile system? To control the system with a pen and text input. The OS does not even have the simplest programs that can attract the user, try to interest him in the idea of ​​​​using the touch screen, show him how convenient it is. Instead, today we are seeing more and more talk about the fact that the company cannot implement a decent smartphone version of the system.

In this sense, the example of the announcement of the Apple iPhone is indicative. The company has built the device around the capabilities of the touch screen. Giving users the ability to control the device with their fingers and the competent presentation of this feature already now, before the release of the model, made it a cult. Naturally, this is not the main reason for the popularity of the iPhone, but its role is also significant.

This can be put more simply - Windows Mobile doesn't need technical changes, it's the people and manufacturers that don't use the system's potential that need changes. Advertising, design, mass character, simplicity - these words should be used in the development of a new OS. The corporate segment is developing in parallel with the rest of the market and it does not make any difference in general.

Migration to Windows Mobile 6

A few months after the official announcement, the manufacturers have finally woken up. Today we already have the opportunity to get acquainted not only with the first devices on the market on Windows Mobile 6, but also install official updates on models already on sale.

It is the question of whether the transition to Windows Mobile 6 from version 5.0 is justified and will occupy us in this article.

Elephant distribution

It's no secret that E-Ten reacted faster than others by releasing updates to the new OS for its Glofiish X500 and M700 models. It was on these two devices that we tested the OS change, measured the test results and drew conclusions. But before we get into the story, let's take a look at the situation with updates for other manufacturers.

The E-Ten announcement has already come to life. Updates for models are available on the official website of the company. To download, you will need to specify the serial number of your device.

HTC has also announced that updates are coming soon. Estimated date is June. We already wrote about this in the material about the new products of May, you can find the document on the official website of the company.

Asus is next in line. ASUSTeK Computer has officially announced that users of MyPal A639/A626/A686/A696 handhelds and P535/P735 communicators will be able to upgrade the operating system to Windows Mobile 6. The expected release date for updates is July this year. Also note that the company is talking about a completely free update. Whether the firmware will be available to everyone or only to registered owners of Asus products, we will find out in July.

Samsung has not yet announced its plans for the release of updates. We dare to assume that the chance to see firmware with a new OS for Samsung devices already on the market is very low. This is due to the fact that the Windows Mobile segment is not a key segment for the company. The company is unlikely to make extra steps in this segment. Although there is still hope for updates.

What's new?

You can easily read reviews of Windows Mobile 5.0 and Windows Mobile 6 operating systems on our website. But they lack only one detail - a direct comparison on several given parameters. Simply put, now we will make such a simple comparison and see what a simple user actually gains when switching to WM 6?

Graphics, system appearance

Certainly, this can be called the most noticeable update for the average user, no matter how scary such a statement sounds for some citizens attached to Windows Mobile. Changing icons, menu bars, new musical themes - all this is clearly visible when demonstrating the OS and lies on the surface.

С практической точки зрения обновление графики не дает ничего. По сути в WM 5.0 можно без труда добиться интерфейса, схожего с WM 6 или любого другого. Количество программ для смены внешнего вида ОС велико, и среди них есть действительно те, которые могут полностью изменить графику системы. В качестве примера приведем программу WisBar Advance. С ее помощью можно изменить внешний вид системы до неузнаваемости.

< /p>

There is only one disadvantage of this approach to changing the appearance of the OS. The application itself constantly occupies a certain (by no means small) amount of memory, which somewhat reduces the performance of the device. At the same time, you get the opportunity to change the appearance to your liking.

Summary: new icons and a fresh style is, of course, good. But you will not get any practical benefit from this.

Working with phone functions

This part of the OS has been hit hardest by the critics to this day. Only the lazy one does not scold the inconvenience of working with contacts, a list of calls, etc. on Windows Mobile. In WM 6, changes have been made in terms of convenience and consistency in the organization of this part of the system. In particular, this is evidenced by the use of the Smart Dial 2.0 function., and the presence of an end-to-end search.

< /p>

That's where the significant differences end. The end result is a list of contacts with some interesting additions that were previously available only with the installation of the appropriate software. In WM 6, the address book was not radically different, but it was significantly updated.

The ability to use files with WMA and MP3 extensions in communicators today cannot be written as a plus. Rather, we can say that Microsoft has finally added such an obvious feature.

Summary: there are tangible changes in terms of phone functions, but their number is small. If you are used to working with the address book in WM 5.0, then the transition to WM 6 will not be painful, but the update will not bring revolutionary innovations in this regard

Updating the office part (Office mobile)

It is impossible for owners of smartphones on WM 5.0 not to notice the differences in this part. In WM 6 Standard (OS version for smartphones), office is already preinstalled. At the same time, WM 5.0 did not provide an office for such devices.

Otherwise, we have a completely identical package of office programs. There is only one change in relation to the previous version of the OS - the download slider. There is talk of better formatting, but, as practice shows, both the old (WM 5.0) and the new (WM 6) office suites equally cope with this task.

Summary: the possibilities of working with documents for users of communicators have not changed by and large. Smartphone users now have the ability to view documents.

Messages, calendar, tasks, MS Exchange Server

In addition to the end-to-end search, which we have already mentioned, it is impossible not to note the possibility of searching for information (contacts, letters) in a database running on MS Exchange Server. All possibilities for integrating mobile OS and MS Exchange are available if the company uses the latest software version - MS Exchange Server 2007.

Admittedly, not everyone is interested in the capabilities of the OS to work with the server and the corporate database. Nevertheless, in Windows Mobile 6 support for MS Exchange is fully implemented. Another question is who will use these features of the system? That's right, corporate users. And here we come to a simple conclusion.

Summary: the most significant updates in the system are related to the optimization and tight integration of WM 6 and MS Exchange Server. And it is these changes that will not be appreciated by ordinary users at all.

The question about the compatibility of programs written for WM 5.0 is not even relevant. Both systems are based on the same core and are fully compatible in terms of software.

Performance

We evaluated this parameter using the good old method of simply using two devices with different OS versions for a month, which, of course, is extremely subjective. We also evaluated the performance in packages that have already become standard.

All operations were performed on the Glofiish X500 communicator. The first stage - testing on Windows Mobile 5.0, the second - respectively, flashing the device to WM 6 and repeating the test cycle.

Let's start with the classic SPB Benchmark. Including its results in the final conclusion is already some tradition. Although it is no longer possible to call an indicative test today.

The result shows us identical performance of the communicator on different OS versions. A difference of several tens in this case can be neglected.

Next, we test the device with a benchmark built into the Core Player.

The situation is similar to the first test, the communicator shows identical video processing speed results on each OS version.

If we talk about the sensations, the speed of work "by eye", then originality cannot be added. Personally, while using the device on the new OS, I did not notice any differences in speed. Parallel use of Glofiish X500 on WM 6 and Glofiish M700 on WM 5.0 only confirmed my belief that the talk about increasing the speed of work is nothing more than a myth. In reality, even if there is an increase, it is no more than 2-5 percent, it is impossible to feel it.

For the sake of fairness, we note that no fundamental innovations were introduced into the systems, and it would be wrong to expect an increase in speed with a change in numbers.

The battery life results are also completely identical. Comments are unnecessary.

And the conclusion is very simple - upgrading the system from WM 5.0 to WM 6 will bring you positive emotions, especially if you do it yourself, and everything will be successful. Further, the mood rises from the sight of a beautiful menu and new icons. On this acquaintance with new opportunities, by and large, ends. Further exploration of the magnifying glass system will reveal a few more innovations. And maybe then you can say to yourself: “Yes, I didn’t update the system in vain!”.

Writing a negative opus is always easy, it's hard to argue with that. But our goal was not to present the new OS in the worst possible light. We have only focused on its main features. One can argue a lot about the fact that the article did not mention important details, imperceptible at first glance, but significant changes. You can even say that it is from the details that have changed that the overall picture is obtained. But it's not.

We are talking about looking at the Windows Mobile platform from the position of mass sales, expanding popularity. From the point of view of a simple user, end-to-end search and integration with MS Exchange Server are hardly attractive things.

On the other hand, the development and massive transition of users to Windows Vista will have a positive effect on the recognition of devices running Windows Mobile 6. A familiar interface, colors that have become native and the start button ... But is this enough?

Conclusion

Why not dream up one last time? What needs to be added to the new version of Windows Mobile to make it really interesting and user-friendly? So that instead of an endless search for alternative programs, the user (here I'm exaggerating a little) enjoys the capabilities of the OS.

It seems to me that Microsoft should move away from the focus on the corporate segment a little. It is somewhat different to place accents when updating the system, improving certain functions. There is potential in Windows Mobile, it is visible, but still not revealed by the developer.

Windows Media Player migrated to WM 6 without changes. It's still the same simple player with a more or less intelligible library, but no more. It is worth improving the player's interface, installing several visual styles in the kit at once, giving users the opportunity to set up playlists, an equalizer, and visually minimize the player so that information about the track is on the “Today” screen. And pull it out a little in the menu, do not make the player a secret, but show it. Make sure that device manufacturers are interested in this component. For HTC to finally start investing in a set of adapters for headphones with a 3.5 mm jack. So that a banal but incredibly effective advertisement with a hackneyed slogan appeared - “New music phone from HTC, i-Mate, Asus, etc.”

Internet Explorer has been the system's Achilles' heel since time immemorial. Just a year ago, the company realized that the browser may well occupy not 15 windows, exactly like the sites being viewed, but neatly open new pages in tabs. Unfortunately, understanding has so far only come to desktop PCs. In WM 6, the browser is still simple. The situation with IE is phenomenal to some extent. In devices that are mostly positioned as convenient tools for web surfing, the browser supports only basic functions. Today, it's gotten to the point where HTC is preinstalling its flagship business-targeted X7500 with the Opera browser.

And, perhaps, the most visible of the unused advantages of the platform. Touchscreen. How is it used in a Windows Mobile system? To control the system with a pen and text input. The OS does not even have the simplest programs that can attract the user, try to interest him in the idea of ​​​​using the touch screen, show him how convenient it is. Instead, today we are seeing more and more talk about the fact that the company cannot implement a decent smartphone version of the system.

In this sense, the example of the announcement of the Apple iPhone is indicative. The company has built the device around the capabilities of the touch screen. Giving users the ability to control the device with their fingers and the competent presentation of this feature already now, before the release of the model, made it a cult. Naturally, this is not the main reason for the popularity of the iPhone, but its role is also significant.

This can be put more simply - Windows Mobile doesn't need technical changes, it's the people and manufacturers that don't use the system's potential that need changes. Advertising, design, mass character, simplicity - these words should be used in the development of a new OS. The corporate segment is developing in parallel with the rest of the market and it does not make any difference in general.

Migration to Windows Mobile 6

After a few months after the official announcement, the manufacturers have finally woken up. Today we already have the opportunity to get acquainted not only with the first devices on the market on Windows Mobile 6, but also install official updates on models already on sale.

It is the question of whether the transition to Windows Mobile 6 from version 5.0 is justified and will occupy us in this article.

Elephant distribution

It's no secret that E-Ten reacted faster than others by releasing updates to the new OS for its Glofiish X500 and M700 models. It was on these two devices that we tested the OS change, measured the test results and drew conclusions. But before we get into the story, let's take a look at the situation with updates for other manufacturers.

The E-Ten announcement has already come to life. Updates for models are available on the official website of the company. To download, you will need to specify the serial number of your device.

HTC has also announced that updates are coming soon. Estimated date is June. We already wrote about this in the material about the new products of May, you can find the document on the official website of the company.

Asus is next in line. ASUSTeK Computer has officially announced that users of MyPal A639/A626/A686/A696 handhelds and P535/P735 communicators will be able to upgrade the operating system to Windows Mobile 6. The expected release date for updates is July this year. Also note that the company is talking about a completely free update. Whether the firmware will be available to everyone or only to registered owners of Asus products, we will find out in July.

Samsung has not yet announced its plans for the release of updates. We dare to assume that the chance to see firmware with a new OS for Samsung devices already on the market is very low. This is due to the fact that the Windows Mobile segment is not a key segment for the company. The company is unlikely to make extra steps in this segment. Although there is still hope for updates.

What's new?

You can easily read reviews of Windows Mobile 5.0 and Windows Mobile 6 operating systems on our website. But they lack only one detail - a direct comparison on several given parameters. Simply put, now we will make such a simple comparison and see what a simple user actually gains when switching to WM 6?

Graphics, system appearance

Certainly, this can be called the most noticeable update for the average user, no matter how scary such a statement sounds for some citizens attached to Windows Mobile. Changing icons, menu bars, new musical themes - all this is clearly visible when demonstrating the OS and lies on the surface.

From a practical point of view, updating the graphics does nothing. In fact, in WM 5.0, you can easily achieve an interface similar to WM 6 or any other. The number of programs for changing the appearance of the OS is large, and among them there are indeed those that can completely change the graphics of the system. Let's take WisBar Advance as an example. With its help, you can change the appearance of the system beyond recognition.

There is only one disadvantage of this approach to changing the appearance of the OS. The application itself constantly occupies a certain (by no means small) amount of memory, which somewhat reduces the performance of the device. At the same time, you get the opportunity to change the appearance to your liking.

Summary: new icons and a fresh style - this is, of course, good. But you will not get any practical benefit from this.

Working with phone functions

This part of the OS has been hit hardest by the critics to this day. Only the lazy one does not scold the inconvenience of working with contacts, a list of calls, etc. on Windows Mobile. In WM 6, changes have been made in terms of convenience and consistency in the organization of this part of the system. In particular, this is evidenced by the use of the Smart Dial 2.0 function., and the presence of an end-to-end search.

That's where the significant differences end. The end result is a list of contacts with some interesting additions that were previously available only with the installation of the appropriate software. In WM 6, the address book was not radically different, but it was significantly updated.

The ability to use files with WMA and MP3 extensions in communicators today cannot be written as a plus. Rather, we can say that Microsoft has finally added such an obvious feature.

Summary: there are tangible changes in terms of telephone functions, but their number is small. If you are used to working with the address book in WM 5.0, then the transition to WM 6 will not be painful, but the update will not bring revolutionary innovations in this regard

Updating the office part (Office mobile)

It is impossible for owners of smartphones on WM 5.0 not to notice the differences in this part. In WM 6 Standard (OS version for smartphones), office is already preinstalled. At the same time, WM 5.0 did not provide an office for such devices.

Otherwise, we have a completely identical package of office programs. There is only one change in relation to the previous version of the OS - the download slider. There are talks about improved formatting, but, as practice shows, both the old (WM 5.0) and the new (WM 6) office suites equally cope with this task.

Otherwise, we have a completely identical package of office programs. There is only one change in relation to the previous version of the OS - the download slider. There is talk of better formatting, but, as practice shows, both the old (WM 5.0) and the new (WM 6) office suites equally cope with this task.

Summary: the possibilities of working with documents for users of communicators have not changed by and large. Smartphone users now have the ability to view documents.

Messages, calendar, tasks, MS Exchange Server

In addition to the end-to-end search, which we have already mentioned, it is impossible not to note the possibility of searching for information (contacts, letters) in a database running on MS Exchange Server. All possibilities for integrating mobile OS and MS Exchange are available if the company uses the latest software version - MS Exchange Server 2007.

Admittedly, not everyone is interested in the capabilities of the OS to work with the server and the corporate database. Nevertheless, in Windows Mobile 6 support for MS Exchange is fully implemented. Another question is who will use these features of the system? That's right, corporate users. And here we come to a simple conclusion.

Summary: the most significant updates in the system are related to the optimization and tight integration of WM 6 and MS Exchange Server. And it is these changes that will not be appreciated by ordinary users at all.

The question about the compatibility of programs written for WM 5.0 is not even relevant. Both systems are based on the same core and are fully compatible in terms of software.

Performance

We evaluated this parameter using the good old method of simply using two devices with different OS versions for a month, which, of course, is extremely subjective. We also evaluated the performance in packages that have already become standard.

All operations were performed on the Glofiish X500 communicator. The first stage - testing on Windows Mobile 5.0, the second - respectively, flashing the device to WM 6 and repeating the test cycle.

Let's start with the classic SPB Benchmark. Including its results in the final conclusion is already some tradition. Although it is no longer possible to call an indicative test today.

The result shows us identical performance of the communicator on different OS versions. A difference of several tens in this case can be neglected.

Next, we test the device with a benchmark built into the Core Player.

The situation is similar to the first test, the communicator shows identical video processing speed results on each OS version.

If we talk about the sensations, the speed of work "by eye", then originality cannot be added. Personally, while using the device on the new OS, I did not notice any differences in speed. Parallel use of Glofiish X500 on WM 6 and Glofiish M700 on WM 5.0 only confirmed my belief that the talk about increasing the speed of work is nothing more than a myth. In reality, even if there is an increase, it is no more than 2-5 percent, it is impossible to feel it.

For the sake of fairness, we note that no fundamental innovations were introduced into the systems, and it would be wrong to expect an increase in speed with a change in numbers.

The battery life results are also completely identical. Comments are unnecessary.

And the conclusion is very simple - upgrading the system from WM 5.0 to WM 6 will bring you positive emotions, especially if you do it yourself, and everything will be successful. Further, the mood rises from the sight of a beautiful menu and new icons. On this acquaintance with new opportunities, by and large, ends. Further exploration of the magnifying glass system will reveal a few more innovations. And maybe then you can say to yourself: “Yes, I didn’t update the system in vain!”.

Writing a negative opus is always easy, it's hard to argue with that. But our goal was not to present the new OS in the worst possible light. We have only focused on its main features. One can argue a lot about the fact that the article did not mention important details, imperceptible at first glance, but significant changes. You can even say that it is from the details that have changed that the overall picture is obtained. But it's not.

We are talking about looking at the Windows Mobile platform from the position of mass sales, expanding popularity. From the point of view of a simple user, end-to-end search and integration with MS Exchange Server are hardly attractive things.

On the other hand, the development and massive transition of users to Windows Vista will have a positive effect on the recognition of devices running Windows Mobile 6. A familiar interface, colors that have become native and the start button ... But is this enough?

Conclusion

Why not dream up one last time? What needs to be added to the new version of Windows Mobile to make it really interesting and user-friendly? So that instead of an endless search for alternative programs, the user (here I'm exaggerating a little) enjoys the capabilities of the OS.

It seems to me that Microsoft should move away from the focus on the corporate segment a little. It is somewhat different to place accents when updating the system, improving certain functions. There is potential in Windows Mobile, it is visible, but still not revealed by the developer.

Windows Media Player migrated to WM 6 without changes. It's still the same simple player with a more or less intelligible library, but no more. It is worth improving the player's interface, installing several visual styles in the kit at once, giving users the opportunity to set up playlists, an equalizer, and visually minimize the player so that information about the track is on the “Today” screen. And pull it out a little in the menu, not make the player a secret, but show it. Make sure that device manufacturers are interested in this component. In order for HTC to finally start investing in a set of adapters for headphones with a 3.5 mm jack. So that a banal but incredibly effective advertisement with a hackneyed slogan appeared - “New music phone from HTC, i-Mate, Asus, etc.”

Internet Explorer has been the system's Achilles' heel since time immemorial. Just a year ago, the company realized that the browser may well occupy not 15 windows, exactly like the sites being viewed, but neatly open new pages in tabs. Unfortunately, understanding has so far only come to desktop PCs. In WM 6, the browser is still simple. The situation with IE is phenomenal to some extent. In devices that are mostly positioned as convenient tools for web surfing, the browser supports only basic functions. Today, it's gotten to the point where HTC is preinstalling its flagship business-targeted X7500 with the Opera browser.

And, perhaps, the most visible of the unused advantages of the platform. Touchscreen. How is it used in a Windows Mobile system? To control the system with a pen and text input. The OS does not even have the simplest programs that can attract the user, try to interest him in the idea of ​​​​using the touch screen, show him how convenient it is. Instead, today we are seeing more and more talk about the fact that the company cannot implement a decent smartphone version of the system.

In this sense, the example of the announcement of the Apple iPhone is indicative. The company has built the device around the capabilities of the touch screen. Giving users the ability to control the device with their fingers and the competent presentation of this feature already now, before the release of the model, made it a cult. Naturally, this is not the main reason for the popularity of the iPhone, but its role is also significant.

This can be put more simply - Windows Mobile doesn't need technical changes, it's the people and manufacturers that don't use the system's potential that need changes. Advertising, design, mass character, simplicity - these words should be used in the development of a new OS. The corporate segment is developing in parallel with the rest of the market and it does not make any difference in general.