Motorola, which has just announced results that amount to several large piles of fail, has also managed to let slip the roadmap for Windows Mobile 7.
In the 'earnings' call that accompanied the results, Motorola's mobile chieftain Sanjay Jha said this in the Q&A section:
We are still committed to Windows Mobile. As you know, Windows 6 series is available in 2009 and as compared to Android, we believe in 2009 Android is more competitive; more of our effort and focus in 2009 is going to Android, but in 2010 when Windows 7 will become available, we will then participate in a more focused way in Windows Mobile 7 in 2010.
We were pretty certain that Mobile World Congress later this month would see the launch of WindMob 6.5, and are now dead sure. But Windows Mobile 7 for next year? I'm guessing Microsoft didn't want that news out just yet.
Of course, whether Motorola itself manages to make it through to 2010 is another matter. If it doesn't, we shall miss such splendid piffle from co-CEO Greg Brown as this, taken from the same earnings call:
Gene will drive further synergies and expand our growth opportunities by leveraging these best-in-class organizations...