Microsoft preps next-gen Windows Mobile 6.5 phones

San Francisco (CA) – Microsoft has confirmed that it will introduce a new line of Windows mobile phones on October 6. The devices – powered by Windows Mobile 6.5 – are expected to offer an upgraded user interface and ‘better’ browsing capabilities.  

“A Windows phone gives people a single phone that works for their whole life, keeping them connected to the people and information they care most about by harnessing the power of the PC, phone and Web,” spun Microsoft spokesperson Todd Peters.

Peters explained that the “redesigned” Internet Explorer Mobile browser has been fitted with a “new engine” and now offers native Adobe Flash Lite support. He added that the phone will include Outlook and Office mobile, along with two “new powerful mobile services.”

According to Peters, a number of “approved and certified” applications will be available for direct download from Windows Marketplace Mobile. In addition, a free “My Phone” service will allow users to automatically back up and sync photos, music, contacts and text messages from their phone to the Web.

Numerous industry heavyweights have reportedly expressed interest in Mobile 6.5 phones, including AT&T, Sprint, TELUS, Verizon Wireless, HP, HTC, LG Electronics, Samsung and Toshiba.