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    I was just chatting with Merlyn3D about the BlackJack II and he wondered, innocently enough, whether or not the BlackJack II would be upgraded to Windows Mobile 6.1. I smacked my forehead - *of course* it will be upgradable. We know because **Microsoft told us so in October**.

    “*But WMExperts,*” you ask, “*Windows Mobile 6.1 is still in the ethereal land of myth and rumor. How could Microsoft have confirmed the upgrade back in October, when 6.1 was but a whispered dream?*”

    We reply that's some fancy prose there, bub. But check it: at CTIA in October, they announced Microsoft System Center, Mobile Device Manager 2008 (aka MSCMDM). As part of that announcement, they mentioned that it would require “forthcoming versions of WM devices.” “Forthcoming versions,” eh? Sound like WM6.1 to you? Because it does to us.

    They also mentioned a couple of devices that would--for sure--be compatible with the device-management software:

    - The Treo 750
    - The BlackJack II

    So either the Treo 750 (recently upgraded to Windows Mobile 6) and the BlackJack II have secret settings for MSCMDM or - more likely - they'll require an upgrade to Windows Mobile 6.1. Those were the only two devices named by, er, *name*; but we also know that HTC, Palm, Motorola, Sprint, and i-mate all announced they'd be on board with MSCMDM at or around launch in the 2nd Quarter of 2008. Nothing shocking there, but good to file away.

    So WM6.1 is probably coming. But when? Make a couple (wildly optimistic) assumptions: that both Microsoft and these device managers will be on time; then you should see WM6.1 before Q3 of next year, say by the end of the summer. Why “wildly optimistic?” Maybe you haven't noticed, but Palm got their WM6.0 update for the 750 in just under the wire and Samsung has *yet* to release the long-promised upgrade to Windows Mobile 6.0 for the *original* BlackJack. So we aren't going to be placing any bets that Palm and Samsung will get their upgrades out on time.

    At least we know WM6.1 running on at least one Q9h somewhere, somehow. Hope, as it tends to do, springs eternal.

    Read: CTIA: Liveblogging the Steve Ballmer Keynote - WMExperts

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    Yeah WM 6.1 and MSCMDM are one and the same. A poster in the "I held a 800w" thread saw a MSCMDM/6.1 demonstration and also noted he did *not* see and flashy UI updates nor were they mentioned.

    Palm in a press release in October said the 750 was *definitely* getting the update in mid 2008, so ergo 6.1.

    I'd dig up these links but my 'net is down so I have to post on ye old 700wx ;-)

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    The Blackjack still hasn't gotten WM6, well not officially anyway. I'm up to my 3rd version of leaked ROM's here. I wouldn't hold my breath on the BJ2 getting anything!

    And I might note how long it took Palm to release the 750 update..
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    Rumor has it the q9 series are the first to get the 6.1 update, but thats the smartphone edition.
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    Comming to Sprint Q12008...
    at&t iPhone3G

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