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Windows Mobile 7 delayed to late 2009

updated 12:25 pm EDT, Tue September 23, 2008

Windows Mobile 7 Delayed

Windows Mobile 7 has quietly been pushed back by several months, according to tips reportedly given to CNET. Microsoft has publicly kept to a goal of launching the major revision to its handheld operating system in early 2009, keeping with the company's yearly update schedule, but is now said to be warning hardware and software partners that the platform won't be ready until sometime in the second half of that same year. The reason for the delay isn't explained.

Microsoft in turn has declined comment on the matter but does acknowledge that company chief Steve Ballmer and Windows Mobile group head Andy Lees have talked to some of the Windows developer's bigger partners in recent days.

The timing potentially creates significant trouble for Microsoft, which now won't have a modern phone operating system to compete in the immediate wake of the iPhone 3G, the Android-based T-Mobile G1 and the upcoming release of the BlackBerry Storm. At present, Microsoft has no built-in gesture support in Windows Mobile 6.1 and is using the basic email, media player and web browser components that have remained largely unchanged since the introduction of Windows Mobile 5 in 2005.

The Redmond, Washington-based firm has also lashed out at Apple and Google for attempting to "own" their platforms by providing what they see as better and more carrier-independent online stores and mapping software. Windows Mobile product manager Scott Rockfeld claims that his company's platform is more enticing to carriers and to some hardware makers, who can develop their own subscription-based or otherwise proprietary services and require that customers use these instead of the more universal and at times free alternatives.

Carriers "don't want to sit there and just become a dumb pipe," Rockfeld argues.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Athens

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "Carriers "don't want to sit there and just become a dumb pipe," Rockfeld argues."

    No they don't but because they have screwed us consumers over so badly over the years we want them to become dumb pipes. They deserve it. So Yay for Apple and Yay for Google. This just shows that Microsoft's interests are in providing for other companies and not consumers as they work towards whats best for the Phone company not what is best for us consumers. This is why Apple is better then Microsoft. They work for us.

  1. MacnTX

    Joined: Dec 1969



    A version of Windows is delayed? Wow, I'm absolutely shocked...

  1. wings_rfs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Dumb Consumer

    Hey, Rockfeld, people don't want to just sit there and become a dumb consumer.

  1. cmoney

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Fundamental difference

    That's the fundamental difference: Microsoft sells to the carriers and hardware manufacturers and don't give a damn about what customers want whereas Apple and even Google sell to consumers.

  1. bsnoel

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Let the

    Let the count-up begin. I have late 2009, do I have 2010? 2010 going once, twice...

  1. Monde

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Oct 2001

    Oct. 2001 was the last date that MS issued a competitive OS. For those of you who are counting that will be seven years this next month. Vista was a beta and poorly made. No amount of spin gonna change that appraisal. To use it is to loath it.

    Hence all the switchers. Who are, far and wide, happy they have done so.

    MS needed to revamp thier OS completely, start from scratch. Its not that they can't, they won't. Imagine the stink they'd make if they produced an innovative OS that didn't have as wide compatibly as Vista has? Apple did have to deal with this and at the time their installed user base was so small, that the migration to the superior OS worked. The business, MS would loose, if they produced the better OS, is just too large for those greed heads to accept. So MS users are stuck with Vista, and soon Son of Vista.

    This week it has been revealed that Vista's security is gutted at the root level, with no probable fix to come, married with an ad campaign that smacks of desperation. Macs are only at 10% US market share, why the worry? MS knows, those are users they are not getting back forever-that is why. Apple has been gaining momentum and now stands IMHO so far ahead of what MS is offering that it's getting ridiculous.

    MS is like Ford, GM and Chrysler of the 1970s. About to get their collective asses handed to themselves by the Japanese auto makers.

  1. Deal

    Joined: Dec 1969


    By the time...

    By the time MS gets close to releasing their mobile OS, Apple will have the next software and hardware version on shelves and MS will have to postpone again so they can get all the new features copied.

  1. mjtomlin

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Proves one thing...

    Microsoft sells and caters to corporations, not the end user (consumer). Apple at least tries to make the experience great with the end-user in mind. (However, even Apple has contractual obligations and must abide by them.)

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    That's the fundamental difference: Microsoft sells to the carriers and hardware manufacturers and don't give a damn about what customers want whereas Apple and even Google sell to consumers.

    Except, of course, that Apple doesn't sell to the consumer. They sell to the provider, who sells to the consumer. They control the applications you load, which again is all about control, not about the consumer. Apple's phone is locked to a carrier. Again, where's the consumer in this. Apple is better, but it isn't like they're out for you.

    Google isn't locking anyone into the Android, they aren't locking anyone into their pre-authorized AppStore. The carriers might, but, as you said, its the carriers who are out to lock people in.

  1. russellb

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Nah ha ha Bah ha ha

    oh always a laugh when Microsoft talks about release dates.

    The reason for the delay .. they are scratching their heads trying to compete and copy the Iphone or even come close which they never will.

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