New Windows Mobile takes tips from Vista

We weren't meant to find out ‘til Monday but Microsoft has decided to wheel out its new mobile OS a few days early.The new mini-Windows gets a d

We weren't meant to find out ‘til Monday but Microsoft has decided to wheel out its new mobile OS a few days early.The new mini-Windows gets a dabbling of Vista makeovers (though no 3D scrolling) and some nifty new features.The three editions we all knew and, er, loved – Smartphone, Pocket PC and Pocket PC Phone Edition – have also now changed their names, showbiz style, to Standard, Classic and Professional.Smartphone, sorry, Classic is no longer the poor cousin of its PDA-based pals, getting full versions of Pocket Word, Outlook, Excel and Powerpoint and the ability to view and edit tables, images and text in their native formats.All three also get improved security (very Vista) and Windows Live gets a look in with the option to have more than one instant message at a time as well as transmit files, images and voice notes, just like its desktop brother.All three versions go live in the spring alongside a trickle of new devices, which we’re promised will become a flood by summertime.

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