We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,259 News Articles

Microsoft fixes Windows Mobile 6.0 Vista glitch

Windows Mobile Device Center 6.1 updated

Microsoft says it has fixed a problem that made it difficult for Windows Mobile users to synch with Vista PCs. To fix the glitch, on Tuesday night, Microsoft launched Windows Mobile Device Center 6.1.

Designed for Vista users as a replacement for ActiveSync, version 6.1 of Windows Mobile Device Center 6.1 is an upgraded version of the software that lets Windows Mobile users manage their phones.

ActiveSync is software that lets PC users synchronise content such as calendar items between phones and PCs. ActiveSync should also make simple transferring content such as music and video files between Windows Mobile phones and PCs.

Early users of Windows Mobile 6.0 devices complained that the Device Center loses files or doesn't synch files at all.

"In the past, some users reported installation and compatibility issues with Windows Mobile Device Center [WMDC]," said John Starkweather, group product manager in Microsoft's mobile communications group, in an email statement.

"We have released an update to WMDC intended to improve the overall user experience."

Mobile Device Center 6.1 supports file synchronisation for all Windows Mobile 6.0 devices including smartphones. Other new features in Windows Mobile Device Center 6.1 include synching HTML-formatted mail and automatic device authentication.

Latest Windows Mobile news

HTC launches Windows Mobile iPhone challenger

Microsoft also announced that in the third quarter Windows Mobile will be compatible with Office 2007. That means users of Windows Mobile 6.0 Professional and Standard devices as well as Mobile 5.0 touchscreen phones will get a free update that will let them read and edit Office 2007 Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents.

Also in the third quarter, device makers will be able to start shipping Windows Mobile 6.0 devices with Office Mobile 2007 preinstalled.

Visit the PC Advisor Community Zone – a new location on PCAdvisor.co.uk designed to help readers get the most from PCs, gadgets and business tools. Whether you’re interested in mobile computing, home entertainment PCs, security or smartphones, this site provides the ultimate resource.

IDG UK Sites

Best camera phone of 2015: iPhone 6 Plus vs LG G4 vs Galaxy S6 vs One M9 vs Nexus 6

IDG UK Sites

In defence of BlackBerrys

IDG UK Sites

Why we should reserve judgement on Apple ditching Helvetica in OS X/iOS for the Apple Watch's San...

IDG UK Sites

Retina 3.3GHz iMac 27in preview: Apple cuts £400 of price of Retina iMac with new model