It's already DOA
Sorry, but Windows Mobile 7 is already dead-on-arrival.
LG Electronics has confirmed the first devices featuring Microsoft's highly anticipated Windows 7 Mobile will hit retailers in 2010. LG is reported to have told the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada, it will ship phones running Windows Mobile 7 and 6.5 this year. Gizmodo reported LG saying Microsoft …
I really hope Microsoft put a corker out with Windows 7, though I'm not hopeful. I used to love my WM 5 and 6 'phones but it's no secret the UI has become hopelessly out of date. In any case it provides no-one any benefit to have a market dominated by iPhone and Android, with a few other bit players running around.
So looking forward to WM7. Enjoying my HD2 right now but it'll be great to finally drop the old stylus-based bits still lurking under the surface. WM is the only OS that properly synchs with Outlook and doesn't suffer from total lockdown or rely on the often unavailable internet connection to be able to operate. WM7 will be a fresh start, so if it isn't any good I may have to consider the alternatives, but I get the feeling it's going to be great, just as Windows 7 is great.
Fingers crossed my HD2 will be upgradeable, but if it's not, I've got a great excuse for another handset upgrade! Phwoar!
Quote: "… Microsoft's highly anticipated Windows 7 Mobile …"
That's the only news of this story. As far as I am aware there is no-one outside of MS that could give a flying fuck about WinMo 7. They'll have to do something miraculous to make themselves remotely relevant in this space and as CES demonstrated with the laughable 'slates' MS is just incapable of delivery when it is needed. MS's normal 'just about good enough' product mantra is simply not going to be anywhere near what is required in this case.
Windows Mobile 7 needs to be very good in order to stop market share loss. If it's not, then I think that Microsoft needs to seriously consider pulling plug on windows mobile platform. It doesn't do Microsoft any good if they keep putting resources and effort into platform that will hover around single digit market share. As others already pointed out, there are ways for Microsoft to make money on software for mobile phones without having its own OS. Of course, there's significant chance that for Balmer it's going to be pride issue and he'll try to keep WinMo as long as he is around.
For goodness' sake they've got:
a) The brand which is known to 90% of the population for being synonymous with a PC
b) Money. Lots of it.
c) People to copy.
d) All the advantages for syncing and integrating with things, as they probably wrote the app/OS it's syncing to.
e) As far as I understand it, a fairly ok nuts and bolts underneath?
While I appreciate that this isnt a sure fire recipe for a innovative and revolutionary system, they've had a decade to skin an OS to something that DOESN'T NEED A FUCKING STYLUS! Quite which M$tard decided that the way to go was to take the Win95 desktop and shrink it......
HTC have managed to skin 90% of WM6 into something approaching usability with several iterations appearing over the course of a few months, so why can't MS?
I think good sir, you are deluded.
"WM is the only OS that properly synchs with Outlook and doesn't suffer from total lockdown or rely on the often unavailable internet connection to be able to operate. WM7 will be a fresh start"
You think M$ will unlock the ability of outlook to do anything with another Mobile phone OS? So WM7 will still be the ONLY phone OS that can sync. It therefore won't be a fresh start, it will be more of the same.
I fear WM7 will just be a rehash of WM6.5, like Win7 is to Vista. But as someone else said it will be dead on arrival. People have left for blackberry, Iphone and android, they won't come back unless it really is free and open to sync with the kind ofthings people actually use, not what M$ want them to use and that requires updates in office 2003, 2007, 2010 etc.
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