Windows Mobile 6.0 gets renamed

Windows_mobileIn a move that I think is supposed to simplify things, Microsoft has bestowed its upcoming Crossbow (Windows Mobile 6.0) editions with new names. Pocket PC Edition is becoming Classic, Smartphone will be called Standard, and Pocket PC Phone Edition is being changed to Professional.

Personally, I think Microsoft should have left well enough alone. The new names don’t seem to help anyone. Newcomers to the platform will still be confused (e.g., "Professional" doesn’t make it any clearer that the device has a touch screen and Mobile Office) and old-timers will need to rely on word associations and/or forget names that already required more time than necessary to memorize in the first place.

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Jenn K. Lee

Jenn K. Lee is the founder of Pocketables. She loves gadgets the way most women love shoes and purses. The pieces in her tech wardrobe that go with everything are currently the Samsung Galaxy Note II, Sony Tablet P, and Nexus 7, but there are still a couple of vintage UMPCs/MIDs in the back of her closet.

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