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Ballmer: MS screwed up Windows Mobile

updated 11:00 pm EDT, Thu September 24, 2009

WM7 team replaced with new talent

Microsoft executive Steve Ballmer recently acknowledged the company's problems getting Windows Mobile 7 onto the market in a reasonable time frame. Ballmer reportedly admitted to a crowd attending a Venture Capital Summit that Microsoft "screwed up with Windows Mobile," according to WMPoweruser.

The executive did not provide many details, although he appeared to place blame on unspecified employees working on the Windows Mobile team. "We've pumped in some new talent," Ballmer said. "This will not happen again."

WM7 has been in development for several years, while other platforms, including the iPhone, have long since integrated more advanced features such as multi-touch. Although the company boasts that over 30 WM smartphones will ship by the end of the year, Motorola announced a complete departure from the Microsoft's platform as it transitions to Android.

Windows Mobile 6.5 is scheduled for release in early October, while v7 is not expected until late in 2010.

by MacNN Staff



  1. chas_m





  1. nowwhatareyoulookingat

    Joined: Dec 1969



    why can't we copy what other's are doing FASTER!

  1. Monde

    Joined: Dec 1969



    If this didn't build your confidance in the creativity and innovation of Microsoft--nothing will. Ballmer is the best CEO Apple could have ever hoped for as competition. One last thing, word is, on the street, Windows Mobile 7 is crack-a-lacken!

  1. shawnde

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: Zunetastic

    I totally agree. I love the fact that Ballmer is Microsoft's CEO. That guy is so befitting Microsoft, it's not even funny. I mean look at him ... he's talking in front of a bunch of Venture Capitalists, and he uses the term "screwed up" ... His vocabulary is just priceless. He has no class, no tact, no intelligence, no style .... just a pure [used] car salesman, with a screechy voice, flabby belly, bald, and clueless. He's the perfect image for Microsoft.

  1. chas_m



    Windows 7 Party

    Actually, I think this new "ad" that teaches you how to host your own "ethnically balanced band o' shoving buddies!" Windows 7 party may be the straw that breaks this camel's back.

    It's not that the ad itself is lamer than a leper colony, it's more that someone at Microsoft thought it was a good idea.

  1. Bartman

    Joined: Dec 1969


    MS screwed WM7

    Are we going to Ballmer talk about everything MS screwed? I'll help him get started:

    - DOS (all versions)
    - Windows (all versions)
    - Xbox
    - Zune
    - Plays for sure
    - Office

    etc etc

  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I know what you did last summer...

    You f*cked up Windows Mobile 7, big time. Who cares? WinMo market share is dropping off the charts and being replaced by Android. Goodbye.

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