Windows Mobile

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Windows Mobile
Company / developer Microsoft
Programmed in C++[1]
Working state Discontinued (Replaced by Windows Phone)
Initial release April 19, 2000; 14 years ago (April 19, 2000)
Latest stable release 6.5.3 / February 2, 2010; 4 years ago (February 2, 2010)
Latest unstable release 6.5.5
Marketing target Mobile devices
Update method Adaptation kit upgrade
Kernel type Windows CE 5.2
Default user interface Graphical
License Proprietary (Microsoft EULA)
Preceded by Windows CE and Pocket PC
Succeeded by Windows Phone
Official website Windows Mobile website as archived on the Wayback Machine

Windows Mobile is a compact operating system that comes with basic applications for mobile devices.

It is designed to look like desktop versions of Microsoft Windows.

The first version was Pocket PC 2000, released in April 2000. It was based on the kernel of Windows CE 3.0 (Handheld PC 2000). Then came Pocket PC 2002, released about two weeks before Windows XP. It was similar to 2000, having full compatibility with Windows CE. Windows Mobile 2003, released in April 2003, was the first version called Windows Mobile. It was software-compatible with Windows CE 3.x and 4.x.

Windows Mobile 5 was released around July/August 2005. It was similar to WM2003, except for a few new additions.

Next... Windows Mobile 6.0 was released in February 2007 and had a kernel powered by Windows CE 6.x. 6.1 in 2008 was much the same, and 6.5, released in 2009/2010, was the last version. It was discontinued in March 2010 and replaced by Windows Phone.

Microsoft ended sale of Windows Mobile devices on June 13, 2010 and ended all support of it on August 21, 2010. Two months later, Windows Phone was released.

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  1. Lextrait, Vincent (February 2010). "The Programming Languages Beacon, v10.0". http://www.lextrait.com/Vincent/implementations.html. Retrieved February 12, 2010.