Capacitive touch on Windows Mobile 6.5.3, confirms Microsoft

Thursday, February 4, 2010, 13:50 by Tech Correspondent

Several tech bogs are reporting that Microsoft has confirmed that Windows Mobile 6.5.3 will come with support for capacitive touch. Currently, a single Windows Mobile 6.5 mobile phone offers capacitive touch – the HTC HD2 – and that is thanks to HTC’s efforts, not Microsoft’s.

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Photo: Sony Ericsson Aspen, first WinMo 6.5.3 phone?

Recently we reported on the upcoming Sony Ericsson Aspen mobile phone, and that it would come with WinMo 6.5.3. That phone has a smallish touchscreen and QWERTY keypad – but the support for capacitive touch was unknown then. It is a bit funny though that the first phone we hear about that offers capacitive screen support has a smallish screen!

Google’s Android and the iPhone OS already offers support for capacitive touchscreens. Of the phones that are still sticking to resistive touch tech, Nokia N900 is perhaps the most high profile.

Microsoft’s comeback into the smartphone arena is expected when it finally launches Windows Phone 7 (or Windows Mobile 7) by the end of this year.

Apart from the capacitive touch tech, Microsoft has said that it would also offer a magnifier for apps that wee designed to be used with a stylus. That would be a big convenience indeed. Even now, get into the Windows Mobile underpinnings of the HTC HD2, and things go downhill pretty quickly.

Other improvements would include more consistency between app interfaces. Multi-touch, gestures and pinch and zoom are also expected.

We are not sure whether current Windows Mobile phone owners would get a free upgrade to Windows Mobile 6.5.3 when it officially becomes available.

Windows Mobile already is quite a capable smartphone operating system which is let down by an ancient user interface compared to the iPhone OS and Android?

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