No Windows Mobile 7 launch at MWC, claims mole
You'll have to make do with 6.6
Don't expect Windows Mobile 7 to launch next month at Mobile World Congress, despite what you may have heard in the press and on the rumour mill.
So claim industry sources cited by DigiTimes, and we can't say we're entirely surprised. Instead, Microsoft will released WinMo 6.6, codenamed 'Maldives', they say, to improve the current release, 6.5.
During his Consumer Electronics Show keynote last week, Microsoft CES Steve Ballmer said almost nothing about Windows Mobile, commenting simply that "we will have a lot more to say about phones next month at Mobile World Congress".
That, coupled with statements from some vendors that WinMo 7 smartphones will be out this year, led many pundits to predict the new OS will debut sooner rather than later.
Past roadmaps placed WinMo 7's debut late in 2010, and nothing said so far by Ballmer or the vendors indicates Microsoft isn't working to that timetable, despite hopes from some quarters that a version of the OS better able to compete with the iPhone and Google's Android platform is imminent.
The DigiTimes report merely adds weight to the original timetable, and while we can see Microsoft talking about WinMo 7 at MWC, we're not entirely convinced it will be launched there.
There's no doubt that Microsoft does need to move quickly if it's not to lose any more market share to its rivals. But if it really was about to release such a key revamp, it would have done so on the watched-by-the-world stage at CES than the rather less spectacular and media haunted MWC? ®
WinMo and NT 7
WinMo 7 will be released along side the next version of Windows, as they will be sharing the same Kernel. Development between the products is being merged to save money and allow for for easier code migration. Other changes will include dumping of 32-bit versions of the OS and porting more code into the .net framework.
I used to work in the Mobile department until being laid off.
Blast from the Past
Windows Mobile..... yes, I think I remember it.
It's over for Microsoft
Microsoft needs to give up in mobile and stop spending billions on this losing game.
The game is already over for Windows Mobile. Microsoft lost. Now it must move on and concentrate on its other enterprise divisions
Hey, IBM is still around, 20 years after losing the PC game.
Hur hur hur...
In other leaks... Windows Mobile 7 hurriedly renamed Windows Mobile 6.6 while dev team run around in headless chicken mode...
This isn't news
I wasn't aware anyone thought WM7 was to be released at MWC. I thought it was fairly widely known that WM7 would be "announced" or previewed - in the way MS always does with major OS products. The release of WM6.6 (or 6.5.3 as it's been called in all the development builds) is welcome though.