The Windows Mobile team is nearly as reticent as the Windows client team to talk futures. Thanks to a variety of leaks over the past year-plus, however, Microsoft watchers had come to expect the Windows Mobile “Photon” release — the successor to Windows Mobile “Crosbow” (6.0) — to hit in late 2007/early 2008.
But now it looks like there will be an update to Windows Mobile 6.0 — call it WM 6.1 or what you will — that will hit in early 2008. This is not Photon and/or Windows Mobile 7.0. (I am not 100 percent sure Photon ever was supposed to be Windows Mobile 7.0, but who knows….)
Engadget said Microsoft is briefing folks behind closed doors this week about the refresh which will go to handset vendors early next year. Due to non-disclosure restrictions, Engadget wasn’t allowe to say much, in terms of features that will be part of the new release. Engadget said of the new version: