Windows Mobile 7 to support Xbox Live?

Putting the Apple launch to one side for a moment, there's another will-they-won't-they debate going on – will we see Microsoft unveil Windows Mobile

Putting the Apple launch to one side for a moment, there's another will-they-won't-they debate going on – will we see Microsoft unveil Windows Mobile 7 at Mobile World Congress, or will it be the already-leaked, much-less-impressive WinMo 6.6?

Well it seems we could see a bit of both, if the latest rumours are the be believed. Digitimes is reporting that Microsoft will indeed launch WinMo 6.6 at this year's MWC, but will also announce the date than WM7 will be available as well, complete with Xbox Live support.

The news comes from sources close to Microsoft's roadmap, which states hardware partners will see WM7 being made available to them in September, allowing them to get devices on shelves by late 2010/early 2011.

These partners include Samsung, LG, Toshiba, HTC, Asus and Acer, so no surprises there, but what is more surprising is the news that WM7 will apparently support Zune, Xbox Live and Silverlight.

How this will work in practice wasn't detailed, but it's thought its an attempt to provide WM7 devices with a truly multimedia experience, on top of an improved interface

We'll have to wait and see what MWC has in store for the solid facts, but we'll be there bringing you the latest as it happens.

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