Windows Mobile

A mobile operating system for smartphones and mobile devices from Microsoft based on the Windows CE kernel and designed to look and operate similar to desktop versions of Microsoft Windows.

Windows Mobile competes in the mobile OS market with Apple’s iOS, Google’s Android, BlackBerry OS, Symbian and others. Windows Mobile first debuted as the operating system for Microsoft’s original personal digital assistant (PDA) device, the Pocket PC, in 2000. Later releases included Windows Mobile 2003 (“Ozone”), Windows Mobile 5 (“Magento”) and Windows Mobile 6 (“Crossbow”).

Windows Mobile has largely been supplanted by Windows Phone 7, although Microsoft did release in 2011 Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5, a mobile OS compatible with Windows Mobile 6.5 that’s designed for enterprise mobile and handheld computing devices.

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