Microsoft responds to Android with Windows Mobile 6.5

Microsoft is preparing to announce a new version of Windows Mobile that will hopefully be able to compete with Android and iPhone -- but my money says it will be a disappointment. Microsoft has a ways to go to compete with Apple and Google, and many people have already lost confidence in Windows Mobile (which can be difficult to reverse).

Microsoft is preparing to announce a new version of Windows Mobile that will hopefully be able to compete with Android and iPhone -- but my money says it will be a disappointment. Microsoft has a ways to go to compete with Apple and Google, and many people have already lost confidence in Windows Mobile (which can be difficult to reverse).

In my opinion, the biggest mistake Microsoft has ever made was focusing too much on competing with Google when they should have been investing in their Windows Mobile operating system. Instead, they have wasted billions of dollars on a sub-par search engine, and let the mobile future slip through their fingers.

Microsoft has a chance to change my mind with Windows Mobile 6.5 -- and who knows, maybe it will knock the ball out of the park. The new operating system apparently looks an awful lot like Android right now, but it's too early to say what the final product will look like since it's not even in beta yet.

In related news, the Windows Mobile Marketplace (sounds familiar, doesn't it?) will be launched sooner than later -- it's the equivalent to the iPhone App Store, and the Android Marketplace. Applications found here will be compatible with Windows Mobile 6 when it's launched.

What do you think of Microsoft's attempt to get back into mobile?