Yahoo! (almost) goes Windows Mobile

Updated: Yahoo!, after a long silence has announced an upgrade to its Yahoo! Go for Mobile 2.0 offering – the company will now support many Windows Mobile phones and has also signed up Windows Mobile device maker, HTC as a partner.

The Windows Mobile support adds about 75 new devices to the portfolio of phones that support Yahoo! Go. For folks who are using Yahoo email as their main email account, the ability to stay seamlessly connected and synced wireless could be very attractive. Sort of like cut-price Blackberry experience! Unfortunately, I could not do the review because the service is not exactly live. I tried to download it on a T-Mobile Dash, and we got a coming soon message. Apparently Smart Phones are not supported but regular Windows Mobile phone users can download it, which is again a problem since I don’t have a WM phone.

That is mildly annoying, making some of us nosey parkers wonder what was the urgency to issue the press release. Is this an attempt to put a good face on the fact that some of the senior members of Yahoo mobile group are leaving for greener pastures? Thad White, and Irv Henderson are two we know about, and there are more.

Okay, we are looking for shapes in shadows, so back to the announcement. As part of the deal with HTC, Yahoo! Services – Yahoo! Go for Mobile 2.0, Yahoo! Mail and Yahoo! oneSearch will be preloaded in the HTC devices. Yahoo had announced Yahoo2Go 2.0 about two months ago. The last upgrade to the Yahoo! Go service added Blackberry support and brought into fold the then popular Motorola RAZR phones. The company has deals with four of the five major wireless handset makers for Yahoo! Go service. The only holdout it seems is Sony Ericsson.