Just when you thought Windows Mobile was being renamed to Windows Phone Classic, new information sheds light on a few additional name changes.
According to information gathered by Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet, there will be two types of Windows Mobile 6.5: Windows Phone Starter Edition for emerging markets (think Windows 7 Starter Edition here), and Windows Phone Classic (unconfirmed, but it's said to be the 6.5 you're used to). Windows Phone Starter Edition will offer two types of versions (with all of these versions, it gets confusing, I know): one with Office 2010, and one without Office 2010. While Windows Phone Starter Edition was confirmed, the status of "Windows Phone Classic" is still up in the air.
When Microsoft was asked what was stripped from the platform to merit "emerging market" status, HSDPA 3G was notoriously absent, while EVDO was listed. Could this be a standoff between GSM and CDMA, or a push to force Windows Phone 7 Series on everyone?
Despite the name change, I'm going to stick with Windows Phone 7 Series, thank you very much.