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RELEASE: Steve Ballmer confirms an upcoming Windows Mobile 7 release for 2010
Posted by Arne Hess - on Wednesday, 25.02.09 - 08:22:36 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 15527x
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While Microsoft's Steve Ballmer just announced the upcoming release of Windows Mobile 6.5 during last week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Microsoft hasn't given yet any information about the next big real thing: Windows Mobile 7. Not that Windows Mobile 6.5 is that bad at all, it's not the groundbreaking but Microsoft needs a new platform to survive the getting tougher mobile competition. Windows Mobile 6.5 is still a pretty much stand-alone OS and doesn't shares too much with the rest of Microsoft's Windows family; it's just started. However, this will most likely change with the upcoming release of Windows Mobile 7. At least that's what Steve Ballmer mentioned in yesterday's "Microsoft Strategic Update" conference call:

"We're extending, though, we're extending our offer to include not only the core platform, but applications and services. We've made a nice release announcement last week of Windows Mobile 6.5. We've got Windows Mobile 7 coming next year. We're getting more and more synergy with Windows, so the browser improvements, et cetera, should be quite rapid."

"Windows, Windows Mobile, and those two will become I'd say closer in many ways. There's still a real distinction between what's a phone and what's a PC. And yet the amount of technology that can be shared across that border continues to go up."

"On the first Windows slide I actually showed you the union of Windows and Windows Mobile, compared to Apple, compared to RIM, because I think that's the right way to think about it, that's the way we think about it. There will be really shared technology across Windows and Windows mobile. The browser is an example, the presentation surface is an example. Some day even the kernel will be an example."

However, Ballmer again made clear that the company has no plans to release its own Windows Phone as well:

"People ask me, will you build your own phone? Not our strategy to build our own phone. It's our strategy to sell software that we can use and support across a wide range of device manufacturers to encourage choice, choice in devices, choice in the operators."

It's not a surprise at all that the next Windows Mobile version will be released in 2010, in the past years, Microsoft definitely increased the release cycles of Windows Mobile cycles but that's a word anyway. 2009 will be the year of Windows 7, 2010 the year of Windows Mobile 7.
If Windows Mobile 7 becomes as good as Windows 7's Beta is already, the future for Windows Mobile might be bright again.

Cheers ~ Arne

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