Get off Microsoft's back, EVERY mobile OS has different co-existing versions

Get off Microsoft's back, EVERY mobile OS has different co-existing versions

Summary: 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.

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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.

Topics: Windows, iPhone, Microsoft, Mobile OS, Operating Systems, Smartphones, Software

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    Today's buzz was that, as I understand it, Win Mo 7 will be the
    product for taking on iPhone OS 3 or 4 and Win Mo 6.5 will be the
    product to take on Android.

    I think that isn't really comparable to "multiple operating systems"
    situation today with iPhone OS 3. It runs on all generations (yeah, two
    years, big deal) and a user who is running 1 or 2 is doing so for their
    own reasons. Because Apple's business plan calls for a symbiosis
    between hardware and software, there will, one day, be an iPhone OS
    release that will not be installable on the oldest phones. When that
    happens, Apple will cut the old phones off rather than provide two
    version of the os (though they may support, for a few years, security
    fixes for the phones left behind.)

    No, I look at today's WinMo news as indicating they will actively
    engage the sectors with two variations of their mobile operating
    system.

    Seems to me that when Apple was introducing the SDK last year, they
    made a point about the advantages to the developer for having only
    operating system and hardware profile to test for. Now they have one
    operating system and three generations, so maybe the "advantage" to
    the degree it existed is gone.

    Still sometime in 2010 there are going to be multiple hardware
    profiles and two WinMo operating systems. Does that look developer
    friendly? And take this, not as someone on Redmond's back, but as
    someone who ponders the wisdom of fighting a war on two fronts
    when it seems to me they have been having trouble these past few
    years finding the front.

    DannyO_0x98
    • Developer friendly?

      [i]Still sometime in 2010 there are going to be multiple hardware profiles and two WinMo operating systems. Does that look developer
      friendly?[/i]

      Gee, it is a good thing that Macs only come with 1 resolution and all the hardware is identical across all Mac models and everyone in the OS X ecosystem is running Leopard right now and 100% of people will be running Snow Leopard on release day.

      Oh wait...
      NonZealot
      • WinMo is developer hostile

        It really is a pain generating 3-5x the code for the same thing. And then your
        overall interface is still only so-so.
        Bruizer
    • iPhone 3GS presents some developer issues

      Actually, the iPhone 3GS hardware also presents some developer and App Store segregation issues to deal with as some upcoming games and apps will only work on the 3GS hardware and not on older devices. As Apple continues to roll out new products this division may become more of an issue.

      Windows Mobile/Pocket PC has been around, in one form or another, since 2000 so it has a few years on the iPhone OS. Windows Mobile is more about "choice" for the consumer in terms of carrier and form factor and will never be equivalent to the iPhone where a singular form factor is emphasized.
      palmsolo (aka Matthew Miller)
    • Symbian

      Has several versions which are different enough to warrent different versions of every app.
      There is series 40, 60 and uiq none of which have much chance of running the same application.
      jdbukis@...
  • RE: Get off Microsoft's back, EVERY mobile OS has different co-existing versions

    Thank you! Now, can you go after the idiotic press coverage of what pants the Obamas are wearing?
    ibap
    • I agree! Who cares what they wear.

      nt
      otaddy
  • @jdbukis

    Nokia Series 40 is a UI, not an OS. It's similar to Symbian S60 icon-wise.
    Series 40-based phones use a propietary Nokia OS.

    Symbian has several OS versions as well as S60 UIs.
    Symbian OS 6.x, 7.x, 8.x, 9.0, 9.1, 9.2 (so far all of these discontinued), 9.3 and 9.4 (these last two still being used for new handsets.
    You have S60 1st and 2nd Editions and their Feature Packs (discontinued) and 3rd Edition and its FPs (FP 2 still ships with new handsets) and 5th Edition (newest, used only for Touchscreen-based phones.
    UI-wise, there's also UIQ, which was developed and used mainly by Sony-Ericsson phones, but is now discontinued.
    pool7