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Windows Phone 7 exactly like Zune HD?

updated 11:25 pm EST, Mon January 18, 2010

Win Phone UI like Zune, breaks Win Mo 6 apps

Windows Mobile 7, possibly known as Windows Phone 7, could represent a complete break from version 6 if a scoop this evening bears fruit. A developer claims that the new OS is a complete break and mimics that of the Zune HD with phone elements put in. Microsoft's services would run deep and would include not only Xbox Live gaming and social services but even an app store with an "easy" approval process would be onboard.

The change would reportedly be so sharp, however, that it would have the consequence of breaking compatibility with Windows Mobile 6 for all but a "few basic programs," according to the MobileCrunch source. As it should run largely on .NET and Silverlight, developers will have to completely rewrite most software -- a move which risks alienating developers and making some reconsider staying with the platform.

It would be accompanied by strict hardware requirements as well, as companies would have tight limits on their screen sizes as well as the base processor and RAM.

This switch is believed to be part of a conscious move towards replicating the iPhone's media- and games-heavy business model and backing away from Windows Mobile's traditional focuses on business users sheer variety. While another rumor today has Microsoft producing a Business Edition of Windows Phone 7 that would allow more flexibility, the version described here (possibly the Media Edition) would present an 'ideal' experience where hardware and software are closely linked.

Such approaches may be necessary as LG, Motorola, Palm, Samsung and others have backed away from Windows Mobile in its current form to instead use Android and other platforms that are more modern and home-friendly. Whether or not they will be successful is less certain, as Microsoft tried a similar strategy when it abandoned PlaysForSure in favor of the Zune: the player remains one of the larger MP3 player competitors but occupies just a small fraction of the market share of Apple's iPod and is often outshadowed by SanDisk as well.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Call it dune...doom

    forget about it.

  1. Bearcat

    Joined: Dec 1969




  1. Foe Hammer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Have You No Shame, Mr. Ballmer?

    MS rips off their own S***** ripped-off product to produce an even shittier ripped-off product they said they'd never produce.

  1. pairof9s

    Joined: Dec 1969



    when do you think Ballmer is going to announce he has pancreatic cancer like Jobs? h***, they copy everything else!

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    predicted Windows Phone 7 market share

    how small is a rounding error of a rounding error?

    I can see the TV spots now: "Windows Phone 7 wasn't my idea!"

  1. Monde

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple's best friend

    Ballmer is Apple's best friend. He and MS have produced so much copy-cat, sub-par wannabe products that Apple has benefited tremendously when compared. To use an iPod and zune is to understand the situation. Apple gets it--MS does not.

    Still, this is the course Ballmer wants to steer the MS ship in and I say more power to him. As long as they're producing initiative junk, Apple cannot help but benefit. A decade more of this and Apple should be back on top again.

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    flop sweat

    I can smell it from here

  1. George3

    Joined: Dec 1969


    MS is lost at sea

    A ship without a rudder.

  1. kerryb

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The dim student in the classroom

    Balmer and Microsoft's "a ha" moment usually comes 2 to 5 years after Apple has shipped a product. They are in a constant game of catch up and seem desperate to bring something new to a market that doesn't need them. Has Balmer finally got Apple's game plan or is it just parrot like mimicking?

  1. imactheknife

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Bye Bye Win Mobile

    Microsink can't stand it when someone else does well or better than them especially in a market they were already in (WIn Mobile). They are sore losers and consistently make bad products instead of focusing on doing a few things really well. Even Office has suffered and has become bloated and nasty looking. MS has lost any innovation. They have become the new IBM as someone else stated. Win mobile has become a thing of the past and MS is desperate to keep it alive. By the time Win Mobile 7 comes out Android and the iphone, as well as Rim will have the market covered. Win Mobile RIP and good riddance.

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