Microsoft To Release New Mobile OS

Software company Microsoft is working on a new mobile operating system which they plan to release within the next six months. The mobile OS is currently called the Windows Embedded Handheld, or WiEmHa (weemhah) for short.

This plan was announced by Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer in conjunction with Motorola’s Thursday launch of its ES400 Enterprise Digital Assistant (EDA).

WiEmHa is a new product, but Ballmer said that it’s based on Windows Mobile 6.5, and “targeted specifically at the enterprise handheld device market.” In the second half of next year, WiEmHa will be upgraded to a version based on Windows 7.

WiEmHa isn’t designed for smartphone use. As Microsoft’s announcement makes clear. It’s designed for devices “like the ones you see store employees using when you’re out shopping.”

The soon-to-be-born WiEmHa joins a growing family of mobile-focused Microsoft operating system: Windows Embedded CE (aka Windows Embedded Compact), Windows Embedded Compact 7 (now in Public Community Technology Preview release), Windows Mobile 6.5 (aka Windows Phone), and the upcoming Windows Phone 7.

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