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Microsoft waving the Windows Mobile flag

For all our gripes about Microsoft's problems when it comes to branding, this one's kind of a no-brainer. It was announced this morning at Mobile World Congress that if a Windows Phone (See? We can stick with it) is going to run Windows Mobile 6.5, it's going to have to have that familiar little Windows "flag" on it to serve as a start menu button. [via] And the flag button will take you to the honeycomb hideout start menu.

Above, you see said flag on the new HTC Touch Diamond 2 and Touch Pro 2. And assuming Microsoft holds manufacturers to the "no flag, no 6.5" edict, this should be a pretty clear indication of what phones will get upgrades to 6.5 — HTC's Peter Chou said the Diamond 2 and Touch Pro 2 will get free upgrades — and which ones won't. (Phil looks down at his trusty Moto Q9h and sheds a tear.)

Update: OK, OK. We didn't mean that quite as literally as it read. At this point we have no idea what will be updated from 6.1 to 6.5, save for the Touch Diamond 2 and Touch Pro 2. The Palm Treo 750 has a little flag start button on it, but it's a pretty safe bet we won't see it updated to 6.5. It's more of a future branding thing, folks, not a litmus test.

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PhilR8 says:

Amen. My Sprint Touch Pro is great in almost every respect, but damn if I don't miss that Windows hardware button.

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The thought of not getting 6.5 on my AT&T Fuze makes me a sad little boy :(

Sure, can probably hack it with the help of the fine folks at XDA-Developers, but it'd be nice if it was officially released.

sp991 says:

My blackjack 2 has a windows flag over the left soft key. Can I play with you guys?

lol. I've always wanted to see a Blackjack asplode.

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@ scottish
i'm not sure you'd wanna have it on your phone anyways. the last time i think i saw it on a touch pro, i think someone said when the hexagons were enabled the entire UI would become very slow and laggy.

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Great. This means my Kaiser gets it! ;)

And when we're done at XDA, my Wizard will too.

I'm still not sure if I like the honeycomb interface. I'll try it and at least know I can fall back on the great interfaces HTC makes.

But as far as the Windows Mobile button, are we just too lazy now to CLICK on start? I thought the move was to LESS hardware buttons.

???

-Mc

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so does this mean that the hd i bought YESTERDAY won't get wm 6.5. (bursts into tears)

Um, see the update I've appended to this post.