A recently published preview video of HTC's first UMPC, the HTC Shift, confirms that the Windows Vista powered mobile PC also runs Windows Mobile in parallel.
According to information, HTC calls this functionality "SnapVUE" which allows to either run
a mix of Windows Mobile 6 Classis and Professional (without the dial-pad) on its own instead of Windows Vista or adds Windows Mobile viewer functionalities to Windows Vista like instant always on access to PIM
including instant access to E-Mail accounts with previews and contacts, even if
the device is not actually running:
Accessed by Windows start key on device, the HTC Shift runs in Windows Mobile mode over 5 days when used exclusively with a battery life time of 3 hours if used in Windows Vista mode.
While this dual-OS is an interesting idea I wonder why HTC isn't using Windows Vista's SideShow which was designed to do the same, giving instant access to PIM data like Outlook and E-Mail.
Nevertheless, every day I hear more about the HTC Shift it's clear for me that it is one of the most interesting devices of the year 2007 and I can hardly await its availability.
According to the latest information, a European launch can be expected late Q4-2007.
Cheers ~ Arne