Non-touch: Still on the Windows Mobile 7 feature list?
It's been quite the week for rumors and tips on things Windows Mobile and Zune-related. Why not close out the week with one more? This one is about the "non-touch" gesture-recognition capabilities Microsoft originally was planning to include in Windows Mobile 7.
Word was that WM7 would include new levels of touch and gesture recognition capabilities that would make Windows Mobile phones credible competitors to the iPhone. At the time, Microsoft declined to comment on whether information from that presentation was real or not.
Windows Mobile 6.1 and 6.5 phones already provide some level of gesture recognition. At TechEd 2009 this week, in fact, one of the talks focused on ways developers can write gesture-friendly Win Mobile apps to take advantage of the sensors, accelerometers and the like that are part of newer Windows Mobile devices.
(In case you were wondering why I don't just ask Microsoft about all this, the company isn't willing to talk at all about WM7. I asked yesterday for a comment on WM7 and got this statement back from a spokesperson: "We have not announced Windows Mobile 7 or anything related.")
Multi-touch is expected to be a requirement, not an option, for WM7 devices. I wonder if some of these original non-touch gesture recognition capabilities will make it onto the final WM7 feature list too. Would that kind of functionality make Windows Mobile more compelling, in your mind?