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Microsoft may show Win Mobile 7 after all

updated 07:40 am EST, Fri January 15, 2010

Mobile World Congress may see WM7 debut

Microsoft may finally be ready to show Windows Mobile 7, a source said on Friday. The unnamed contact says the decision isn't final but that the company will tentatively use the Mobile World Congress show in February to provide an early look at the next-generation mobile OS. A release schedule isn't mentioned, but Microsoft has traditionally finalized the OS in spring with actual handsets arriving in the summer or fall.

An unveiling would partly contradict talk of an interim Windows Mobile 6.6 that would be used to keep Windows Mobile alive after another delay. Talk has surfaced, but has remained unconfirmed, of a push back to 2011 for unspecified reasons.

Windows Mobile 7 is known to be a major overhaul of the OS not seen since 5.0 and is known to include Internet Explorer 7 Mobile, a new game interface and at least a media interface borrowed from the Zune. While capacitive touch could arrive first in 6.6, full multi-touch has been a publicly stated goal for the new release.

Delays in the OS are widely accepted as having driven companies like Motorola and Palm towards new operating systems, while even the most loyal Windows Mobile devotees like HTC and LG now expect a Android to be in the majority in their 2010 lineups.




by MacNN Staff

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  1. wymer100

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    Win 6.6 to 7.0

    I wonder if MS will just take a couple of the features from the original 7.0 and just rebrand an updated 6.6 as 7.0.

  1. George3

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +7

    Who cares?

    Since iPhone has its own OS and Google OS is free, does anyone really care what MS does here? I don't.

  1. slapppy

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +8

    comment title

    "next-generation mobile OS"

    More like the next copy of Apples iPhone OS on Windows Mobile.

  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Those Microsoft-sucking IT managers care...

    I'm sure many of them are still pushing Windows Mobile 6 as an enterprise mobile solution after consumers have given it up. Their Microsoft-loving ties run very deep. Undoubtedly, there are likely to be a number corporations still running H-P iPaqs with Windows Mobile while steadfastly refusing to use iPhones. Android isn't up to being an enterprise solution yet. RIM's BlackBerry is still a good choice for companies that need the most security.

  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    synch 'down'?

    Is there a reason for the word 'up' in the interface?

  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    sink down is more like it

    Sink!

  1. Mr. Strat

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    I can wait

    I can't think of anything I'd rather not have on my phone than Windows.

  1. luckyday

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    Kids

    I've said it before and I'll say it again. Microsoft releasing a better OS will only result in better operating systems for everyone. Competition is a good thing. Even if you love Apple and would never consider buying a Microsoft product, if Win Mobile 7 is a good product, you can expect Apple to respond by improving their own product.

  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    competition is good

    I don't think Apple would have priced the current iMac where they are if MSFT didn't put out those L-A-M-E commercials (sub-$1000 PC).

  1. loudpedal

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Incomplete sentance

    "but Microsoft has traditionally finalized the OS in spring with actual handsets arriving in the summer or fall." You forgot to finish your sentence: "a couple of years later." There, now you're done.

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