ITWorld reports that Microsoft today took off the wraps from Windows Mobile, previously code-named Magneto, which is expected to pose a serious challenge to Blackberry. Windows Mobile 5.0 adds support for hard drives and persistent storage, more wireless network types with encryption over VPN and Bluetooth authorization, landscape displays, one-handed keyboards, push-to-talk, plus a mobile version of PowerPoint and updated mobile versions of Word and Excel.
Gates reveled in the success of Windows Mobile in the past year. In late 2002, Orange SA was the first mobile phone operator to sell a Microsoft-based smart phone. Today 68 operators in 48 countries sell devices made by 40 manufacturers, Gates said. “Over the last couple of quarters we had over a million devices shipped in Europe alone,” he said.