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Windows Mobile 7 delayed to 2011?

updated 10:25 am EST, Mon January 11, 2010

Microsoft quietly pushing Win Mo 7 back?

Windows Mobile 7 may have been quietly pushed back to 2011, talks with partners may have revealed on Sunday. Representatives from Microsoft, as well as partners like HTC and NVIDIA, reportedly don't expect to see the new phone OS until Mobile World Congress next year. It's unknown what the alleged delay might be from the commonly accepted schedule, which would have Microsoft show the OS at this year's MWC and ship it before the end of 2010.

The postponement claimed by BSN may be having a significant impact on partners, many of whom now don't have any plans for Windows Mobile devices in 2010. At CES, NVIDIA had seemingly dropped the emphasis on Windows Mobile from last year and was almost exclusively showing Android-based devices like the ICD Ultra and reference devices from Compal and Quanta. HTC didn't have a major presence at CES and instead opted for a pre-show unveiling of the Android 2.1-running Nexus One, which is now the company's flagship phone. Others like Motorola have already publicly stated they won't use Windows Mobile at all this year.

A stalled release of the sort is potentially very dangerous for Microsoft, which has already seen reduced influence in the mobile sphere as many of its Windows Mobile partners either move a significantly large portion of their phone ranges to Android or drop it entirely in favor of another OS, such as Palm's move to webOS. Aging media and web browser apps, the lack of native multi-touch and other missing features have often been cited as primary reasons for leaving the OS.

Microsoft hasn't commented on the supposed leaked timetable.

by MacNN Staff



  1. slapppy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It's possible

    They need at least a few months to produce a copy/hack of what Apple is coming out with in June/July timeframe. MS will have about 5000 engineers stumbling over each other to release Windows Mobile 7 early 2011.

  1. Monde

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Good thing there is...

    Apple to fill the gap in the mean while. Mind you, Windows is looking pretty long of tooth these days. Note to Ballmer: Love the job your doing, keep it up. Apple owes you much.

  1. jreades

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Too late...

    It really seems like MS has completely lost the plot here -- WinMob 6 was a stinking mess (when your partners are able to whip up a better interface than you are, then you are already in trouble), and as best I can tell 6.5 is only a marginal improvement about which very, very few people have anything good to say (other than: "It's not as bad as 6").

    So to delay version 7 for another year, and in a market in which momentum is very definitely *not* going your way, seems like a fatal error to me. I can't help suspecting that unless MS radically overhauls its mobile division then version 7 may well be the last one to ship. Perhaps we'll see MS in the market for an acquisition in this sector again, though in light of what they did to Danger I can't help wondering what firm would agree to be taken over by them now.

  1. Fonejacker

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It's made my day!!

    It gets funnier and funnier. Microcopy's timetable is a good as a politicians word. Windows Mobile 7 will be a nobody before its launched. The smartphone market seems to be getting bigger by the day, for just two players in my opinion, Apple and Google's Android. I think RIM aka Blackberry, will still be OK, but in 3rd place. How can anyone say, Microcopy are innovators, they are simply copycats, always have been. Are they waiting to copy anyone's ideas, and then launching a me-to version in 2011?? How many manufacturers will be making Windows Mobile devices in 2010?? Answers on the back of a stamp. Ha, ha, ha. Brilliant, another thing to poke fun at PC users. Please, please, please keep Ballmer boy, in charge of MS, he's doing a brilliant job.

  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    That's strange...

    I'm sure I just read an article that said it was going to be released within a month or so. I was surprised because most articles had said it was coming late 2010. Not that I care since I've been insisting the WinMo platform is already dead and any companies waiting for Windows Mobile 7 will be so far behind the curve it'll be nearly useless to jumpstart a zero user base.

    Apple is not going to fill that gap that Microsoft left. That's for Android to do. Stick a dozen versions of Android OS on dozens of variations of devices. That will perfectly fill what Windows Mobile had set out to do. It will satisfy those types of users. I constantly see people trying to root Android so one device will run and look like another device. It's some sort of frankenphone tinkerer's platform. The whole Android platform really seems so messy for non-tech users. It's great for the high-tech user, but I wonder about the overall stability of Android in about a year or so.

    If Palm could only get some decent backing, I could see WebOS being a much more stable and non-tech user-friendly platform than Android, but I doubt Palm's financial capabilities and marketing clout at this point.

  1. phillymjs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Windows Mobile now officially dead, with this news.

    What mobile hardware maker is gonna hitch their wagon to these bozos? Their current stuff is embarrassingly outdated, and their new stuff was embarrassingly late even before this news.

  1. Mr. Strat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    What a shame

    ...since everybody wants it. :-)

  1. Eldernorm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Microsoft has plenty up their sleeves.

    Hey, its just Microsofts way of looking good. Say you will deliver in early 2011 and then when you finally deliver in late 2010, you can deliver EARLY!!!!!

    Besides, Ballmer says they are not interested in "niche" markets..... you know,.... anything less than 150 million units. Its not worth their time. :-)

    Just a thought here. I think we will see Microsoft roaring back into the lead (of 2010 products) very soon in 2012 or 2013.


  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    where's luckyday?

    I think luckyday is Ballmer or a family member LOL

  1. mjtomlin

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Fickle phone buyers

    Mobile phone buyers for the most part are a fickle lot, there isn't much loyalty. Seen as hardware devices and carriers services, the operating system has little to do with why people choose the phones they do. RIM and Apple (and Palm to some degree) make both the OS and hardware, so they enjoy a more loyal and consistent user base than the likes of either Android or Windows Mobile ever will.

    Apple has gone one step further than the other device manufacturers by creating a whole new platform consisting of an entire ecosystem of peripherals, software and content, which pushes loyalty even deeper.

    Windows Mobile 7 will do fine when it is released, even if Microsoft has to release their own (rebranded) hardware for it. But as it stands now, especially after this news of being delayed, they will slip further and further into oblivion and out of most people's consideration.

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