Microsoft Renames Windows Mobile 6 to Standard, Professional, Classic

The horror that is Windows Mobile 5 currently comes in three flavors: Pocket PC edition (for non-smartphone handhelds), Phone edition (for smartphones with touchscreens), and Smartphone edition (for phones without touchscreens). This is all very confusing, because on top of all the features your phone might support, you must determine which flavor of the OS it’s running to make sure any applications you download will work. What a pain.

Crossbow, however, aims to fix this. Crossbow is Windows Mobile 6, and instead of the confusing naming scheme above, Microsoft has apparently decided to change to a more familiar sounding format. The touchscreen-having version will be referred to as Windows Mobile 6 “Professional“, the smartphone version will be “Standard“, and the handheld-but-not-a-smartphone will be “Classic“. This system does make a hell of a lot more sense than the current system, but that doesn’t mean Crossbow is going to win us over yet.

New Names for Windows Mobile []