Windows Mobile 7 demo to appear at Mobile World Congress 2010?

Windows Mobile 7 demo to appear at Mobile World Congress 2010?

Summary: Rumor has it that Windows Mobile 7 will demo at long last at the Mobile World Congress 2010 in Barcelona next month.

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While most of the world will be buzzing about Apple today (and for many weeks to come, depending on how good that iTablet or whatever actually is), there's some small news over in Microsoft land.

Actually, its potentially big news: rumor has it that Windows Mobile 7 will demo at long last at the Mobile World Congress 2010 in Barcelona next month.

After many delays in actually getting this ready enough for just a public demonstration, CNET is reporting that Microsoft is putting the final touches on WinMo 7 so that it can appear on at least a few mobile devices by the end of 2010.

As details are still pretty tight on the Microsoft mobile code (perhaps since developers are so behind on it), it's not clear which phones will be getting this first. It probably won't make it on to whatever the Project Pink device is if that's supposed to debut in the spring.

They better just release this puppy soon, or they're going to lose every smartphone manufacturer to that pesky Google and their Android mobile OS.

Topics: Mobility, Hardware, Mobile OS, Operating Systems, Software, Wi-Fi, Windows

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  • The puppy must be like nothing you've seen before

    Microsoft not only needs to release the puppy with urgency, but the puppy must be like nothing you've seen before, to have any chance at all of succeeding.

    Microsoft's one and only chance to stay in the mobile business is for Windows Mobile 7 to be so revolutionary and different that you'll have to drop your iPhone and Android phone to switch over.

    It's very unlikely that Microsoft's new mobile OS will be this good. Therefore, Windows Mobile will continue its shrinking slide into oblivion.
    Vbitrate
    • No, it should be good enough

      It only needs GUI of 21st century and few tweaks so that it would be finger friendly and would not freeze for no reason. Other than that it is pretty good system.
      I almost forgot. It may need a decent ad agency and maybe umm.. few hundred million dollars to fight the hype of Apple and Android. Motorola and Verizon spent 100 mil on Droid ad campaign and it shows. I do not know how much MS spends on WinMo advertising but it is pretty close to nothing.
      paul2011
      • go google

        I hope they fail, I kind of like the open source android idea. I think it will be best for the consumer if the android OS becomes the standard.
        jeffk464
        • Palm os

          I plan on getting the palm pre plus for its ability to be used as a wifi access point. Its a very cool feature my only worry is that palm pre hasn't gained much market share.
          jeffk464
  • stupid business move

    this will freeze the remaining winmo 6.5. market for the
    foreseeable future and thus reduce winmo's marketshare even
    further. they hope to have the software on devices before the
    end of the year? based on microsoft's history of delays how
    likely is that?

    plus winmo apps probably have to be rewritten to run on the
    new code and which developer is going to do that when there
    is a user base for android, apple and symbian out there that is
    bigger by a factor of 10?

    nothing, absolutely nothing gives any indication that they
    stand a chance. my prognosis: in 2011 microsoft will declare
    defeat and put an end to that costly adventure.
    bannedfromzdnetagain
    • Maybe...but it has to be previewed SOMETIME...

      ...so the sooner the better for MS. Otherwise...they just might as well concede the market to the other players.
      IT_Guy_z
  • RE: Windows Mobile 7 demo to appear at Mobile World Congress 2010?

    IMO, the smartest approach for Microsoft would be to implement desktop Windows 7 on a smartphone, just like they do on a netbook but in a smaller form factor.

    If Apple can implement desktop Safari on the iPhone, I don't see why MS cannot do the same with IE8.
    M Wagner
    • It may not be a coincidence that WinMo7 and Windows 7 both end with 7!

      <i>IMO, the smartest approach for Microsoft would be to implement desktop Windows 7 on a smartphone, just like they do on a netbook but in a smaller form factor.</i>

      It may not be a coincidence that WinMo7 and Window7 both end with 7!

      Microsoft may have been planning all along for Windows Mobile 7 to be Windows 7 but with the mobile market in mind, in which case, a lot of the bloat in the desktop and laptop versions could be dropped and you'd end up with a very capable OS for the mobile market with millions of apps immediately available.
      adornoe1
      • Which could very well be the problem

        Lean, mean OSes aren't really a Microsoft core competency. The idea of
        WinMo7 as a trimmed down version of Win7 has a lot going for it, but
        would be a very serious engineering challenge. That would certainly
        explain the delay. The problem is that while it does give experienced
        Windows programmers quick entre into Mobile Application Development,
        it's not really "quick" if the damn thing doesn't ship for a few quarters. It
        isn't hard to believe that it would be quicker, and more lucrative, for
        those Windows Devs to learn how to program for Android, or even-gasp,
        iPhone OS.
        matthew_maurice
  • RE: Windows Mobile 7 demo to appear at Mobile World Congress 2010?

    I don't know about 7, but 6 is totally boring. Its too bad they don't spice up the interface somewhat and give its users some reason to want to use it for a smart phone. I have stopped using mine, for the most part.
    tricare
  • RE: Windows Mobile 7 demo to appear at Mobile World Congress 2010?

    I hope they release it soon, would really hate to downgrade to Google or iPhone.
    jfreedle29
  • RE: Windows Mobile 7 demo to appear at Mobile World Congress 2010?

    MS by far makes the best development platform and
    generally does not block applications from being
    installed. From a developer prospective I am really
    hoping for this to take off quickly. Android and Apple
    platforms both suck to develop for, I am doing it, but I
    really miss Microsoft tech.
    fochizel2000