The evidence that Windows Mobile 6.5 could soon be moving beyond the stylus to gather finger-friendly
, multi-touch, capacitive screens into its long, loving arms has been mounting with the leak of the HTC Leo ROM
and TouchFlo 3D 2.6
. Such a move would quickly put Microsoft back on track to compete with the iPhone and Android devices like the HTC Hero. Now DigiTimes
, based on sourced information from Taiwanese handset makers, is reporting a "touch interface" version of Windows Mobile 6.5 set for release in February 2010 -- an upgrade to the initial Windows Mobile 6.5 launch expected on October 1st. However, instead of phasing out Windows Mobile 6.5 with the Q4 2010 launch of Windows Mobile 7, DigiTimes
asserts that Microsoft will lower the price of WinMo 6.5 to compete against open-source Android devices while positioning WinMo 7 to go head-to-head with the iPhone. In other words, Microsoft appears to be adopting a dual-platform mobile strategy
like we've heard before, regardless of Steve Ballmer's recent grandstanding
against Google's dual-platform approach.