There has been a lot of talk today on the Internet about the possibility that Windows Mobile 6.5 and Windows Mobile 7 will co-exist in 2010. I have to say I really don't understand why people seem to think this is a big deal. We currently have different flavors of Windows Mobile available right now (5, 6.0, 6.1, Professional, Standard) so it seems to me that nothing is changing in 2010. Windows Mobile 7 has not been officially announced by Microsoft, but there is a ton of information out there in the public that shows it is coming in the future. Mary-Jo seems to have the inside scoop on Windows Mobile releases and even talks about some kind of chassis lineup. There are different version of mobile operating systems running Symbian, BlackBerry, and even iPhone co-existing today so this seems to me like a way to try to slam Microsoft and Windows Mobile rather than reporting on anything that is unusual.
Speaking of upgrading Windows Mobile operating systems, I have now had my own T-Mobile Touch Pro2 for a couple of days and am very impressed with the hardware and pleased with the performance and functionality of the device. I have a strong feeling that T-Mobile will provide an upgrade to Windows Mobile 6.5 and understand that may primarily add some UI enhancements that we mostly have from HTC already. However, I am particularly interested in the better and more extensive services integration and mobile application store front that we get with 6.5.
The bottom line is that, in my experiences, most people don't care what operating system version (for that matter even what mobile operating system) they are using as long as their phone does what they need it to do best. You can't say the iPhone is best or Windows Mobile is best because each is best for someone, but not all. Those of us in the mobile space too often lose sight of the end users and think just because Windows Mobile doesn't work like the iPhone it must be broken and that is just not the case.