MICROSOFT IS PLANNING to launch Office Mobile 2010 for its Windows Mobile 6.5 OS, rumours have it.
Some of the features of the planned Office Mobile 2010 have also been revealed online. It's fairly safe to assume that it will be able to open Office file attachments within email or as documents stored on the Windows phone. It probably will also be able to access SharePoint Server 2010 and Windows Live services, although the Vole has not confirmed any of this.
Apparently Office Mobile 2010 will only work on Windows Mobile 6.5 which means that older versions of Microsoft's mobile OS won't be able to support it. However there don't seem to be any hints that it will be incompatible with the future Windows Mobile 7.
However the latest Gartner figures show that the Vole's mobile OS lost 28 per cent of its smartphone market share in the past year. This, despite the fact that the smartphone market grew 13 per cent overall.
Windows Mobile had 7.9 per cent of the global smartphone market in the third quarter of 2009, compared to 11 per cent in 2008. It's possible that Windows Mobile 6.5 will increase sales this quarter, but so far this hasn't been a good year for Microsoft in smartphones. µ
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