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Win Mo 6 to be kept, minimized as Windows Phone Classic

updated 06:50 pm EST, Wed February 17, 2010

Microsoft expects Win Mo 6 alive past WP7

Microsoft plans to keep Windows Mobile 6 but downplay it in a rebadged form, the company said in an interview. It had already mentioned that Windows Mobile 6.5 would still ship alongside Windows Phone 7 but now says it will rename the software as Windows Phone Classic and limit it to specific uses. Classic will be limited both to large-scale businesses and to the developing world, Microsoft said, exiting the mainstream entirely.

Much of the decision to keep the existing OS will be to preserve the effort put into Windows Mobile by smartphone makers and software developers. Windows Phone 7's completely new interface renders earlier apps incompatible and also requires much more demanding hardware than its predecessor.

The switch to the new OS has created a split for Microsoft. A rapid decline in Windows Mobile's popularity prompted the creation of Windows Phone 7 to take on platforms like Android and iPhone, but a dependence on the old platform in US enterprise has in many cases kept it making incremental changes.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Classic? Are they kidding?

  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Class sick

    Nothing classic about it. It belongs to the cesspool.

    Flush it, please.

  1. MisterMe

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Redmond, We Have a Problem

    Windows Mobile 7 is a resource hog. Windows Mobile Classic is obsolete.

  1. Alfiejr

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Oh So Dead

    that's right, ship left over junk to the third world and dump it real cheap. great business plan!

    how many WinMo 6.x "Classic" phones do you think anyone will buy in the 1st world between now and the release of WinMo 7 phones in the "holiday season" 9 MONTHS from now? will it get even a 1% market share??

    stick a fork in it.

  1. nomster

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Well it's Classic Microsoft anyway

    Just months after announcing an update, consign it to the waste basket

    'oops - sorry to those of you who bought what we sold so recently, but we now realize what we sold you was c***'

    a bit like when 'Plays for Sure' became 'Sure won't Play', overnight

  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Steve Balmer is going to run MS into the ground.

    First, they're not going to make their on mobile phone? Why? Because when it fails, MS can say, "hey, not our fault, we didn't actually sell the phone." But if it succeeds you can bet ol' Balmy will be out there proclaiming the phone is a success because of Win Mobile 7 software.

    Now, they're keeping Win Mobile 6 around. Why? Because they're hedging again. When corporations say "we don't want a stupid pretty but useless Zune UI, we're sticking with what we have" MS can say "we have Win Mobile Classic for the business market." And if corporations adopt Win Mobile 7, Win Mo' classic will go into maintenance mode and ol' Balmy will be out there proclaiming how great Win Mobile 7 is for business.

    How does MS expect to succeed if all they do is hedge? This is why Apple took the music market. This is why Apple is taking the smartphone market. Apple does their home work, designs the complete solution and goes for it.

  1. imactheknife

    Joined: Dec 1969


    MS the sinking ship

    MS is becoming, err always has been a copy cat, catch up sort of company. The real problem now is that they have many fronts that they can't compete with anymore and are pushing shite onto people that is buggy and useless. Ballmer is the undoing of MS and I think thats why Gates left when he did...

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