Windows Mobile 6.0
Version of the Windows Mobile operating system
DeveloperMicrosoft Corporation
Working stateDiscontinued
Source modelClosed source
Released to
February 12, 2007; 17 years ago (2007-02-12)
Kernel typeWindows CE
Preceded byWindows Mobile 5.0
Succeeded byWindows Mobile 6.1
Support status
Unsupported as of January 8, 2013[1]

Windows Mobile 6, formerly codenamed "Crossbow",[2] is a version of Windows Mobile released on February 12, 2007[3] at the 3GSM World Congress 2007. It comes in three different versions: "Windows Mobile 6 Standard" for Smartphones (phones with touchscreens), "Windows Mobile 6 Professional" for Pocket PCs with phone functionality, and "Windows Mobile 6 Classic" for Pocket PCs without cellular radios.[4]

Windows Mobile 6 is powered by Windows CE 5.0 (version 5.2) and is strongly linked to the then newly introduced Windows Live[5] and Exchange 2007 products. Windows Mobile 6 Standard was first offered on the Orange's SPV E650,[6] while Windows Mobile 6 Professional was first offered on the O2's Xda Terra.[7] Aesthetically, Windows Mobile 6 was meant to be similar in design to the then newly released Windows Vista. Functionally, it works much like its predecessor Windows Mobile 5, but with improved stability.


Along with the announcement of Office Mobile 6.1[8] with support for Office 2007 document formats (pptx, docx, xlsx); OneNote Mobile, a companion to Microsoft Office OneNote was added to most builds of WM6. In addition to the newly included programs with Office Mobile improvements were made to existing applications, such as HTML email support in Outlook Mobile. Many Windows Mobile users are enterprise users business environments were targeted. With Server Search on Microsoft Exchange 2007, Out of Office Replies with Microsoft Exchange 2007, and search ability for contacts in an Exchange Server Address Book being implemented. To aid development for programmers .NET Compact Framework v2 SP2 is now preinstalled with the OS. Developers and users also have access to Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition for storage and retrieval of information. AJAX, JavaScript, and XMLDOM support were added to Internet Explorer Mobile along with improved devicewide Internet Sharing. Communication abilities were further enhanced with a new Microsoft Bluetooth Stack and VoIP (Internet calling) support with acoustic echo cancellation and MSRT Audio Codec.

To improve security Microsoft added Storage Card Encryption so that encryption keys are lost if device is cold-booted. Further updates, both security and feature wise, can now also be provided using Operating System Live Update[9]

Among other improvements:[10] 320x320 and 800x480 (WVGA) screen resolution support (The S01SH or "Em One" by Sharp was the first and only device to have an 800x480 screen on WM5),[11] Improved Remote Desktop access[12] (Available for only certain Pocket PCs),[13] Customer Feedback option,[14] Smartfilter for searching within programs and Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) support for select operators.

See also


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  3. ^ "Windows Mobile 6 press release" (Press release). Microsoft. February 7, 2007.
  4. ^ Langridge, Jason. "Differences between platforms" (png). Microsoft MSDN blogs.
  5. ^ "Windows Live". Retrieved July 14, 2011.
  6. ^ Langridge, Jason (April 11, 2007). "Windows Mobile 6 offered on Orange, HTC Vox". Microsoft MSDN.
  7. ^ Hess, Arne (April 24, 2007). "Windows Mobile 6 offered on Xda, HTC Herald". The Unwired. Archived from the original on May 29, 2007. Retrieved June 4, 2007.
  8. ^ "Office Mobile 2007 to be offered on Q3 2007". CNET. June 6, 2007. Archived from the original on June 10, 2007. Retrieved June 24, 2012.
  9. ^ "Image Gallery: Windows Mobile 6 Professional screenshots, Windows Update, screen 1" Archived 2007-02-14 at the Wayback Machine. ZDNet. Retrieved October 10, 2007.
  10. ^ Langridge, Jason (February 8, 2007). "Summary of Windows Mobile 6 Specs". Microsoft MSDN blogs.
  11. ^ "Sharp EM-ONE S01SH Specs | Technical Specifications". Retrieved April 27, 2010.
  12. ^ rem1010. "Improved Remote Desktop access". Archived from the original on March 17, 2010. Retrieved July 14, 2011.((cite web)): CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  13. ^ "RDP Client is not included in many WM6 devices". Archived from the original on November 6, 2015. Retrieved July 14, 2011.
  14. ^ "Customer Feedback Option". February 1, 2009. Retrieved July 14, 2011.