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Definition: Windows Mobile


(1) (Windows mobile) Any Windows-based mobile device. See Windows Phone.

(2) (Windows Mobile) Microsoft's first platform for handheld devices. Windows Mobile debuted as Windows CE in 2000, the OS for the Pocket PC. In 2003, the Windows Mobile brand was introduced. Some 50 million Windows Mobile devices were sold, and during its heyday, most phones were manufactured by HTC. See Windows CE, Pocket PC, Windows Phone and KIN.

Windows Mobile featured small-screen versions of Office and other Microsoft applications along with third-party apps from Windows Marketplace for Mobile. In 2010, Windows Mobile was superseded by Windows Phone, which offered a dramatic change in style and features. Following are the Windows Mobile categories.

Classic
A PDA platform without cellular communications; formerly part of Pocket PC.

Professional
A touchscreen smartphone platform; formerly the Pocket PC Phone Edition.

Standard
A non-touchscreen smartphone platform. Formerly the Microsoft Smartphone platform.

Automotive
Hands-free cellular for in-vehicle communications and entertainment. See Windows Mobile for Automotive.

Portable Media Center and Zune
Windows Mobile components have been used in Microsoft's Portable Media Center devices, which evolved into the Zune digital media player. See Portable Media Center and Zune.