Pro runs a story where it has more information about Microsoft's upcoming
7 plans. While nothing is confirmed yet, James McCarthy, Microsoft's
Business Marketing Manager, is quoted that in future, Microsoft is looking to
deepen its development work with a handful of key OEMs in the hardware design
phase. Back in February, Steve Ballmer
has mentioned or better confirmed that Windows Mobile 7 is on its way for a
2010 release and McCarthy now confirmed that Microsoft is (already) "working
with our key OEM and operator partners on future products, although we have
nothing formal to announce for now."
McCarthy follows up and said that, with Windows Mobile 7, Microsoft will work
with its ODMs "much more carefully on defined hardware specifications to
match software requirements, which in turn will deliver even more powerful
mobile experiences for our customers." And he indeed confirmed that Windows
Mobile 7 will comes with a chassis concept (as
speculated earlier): "This has led to this chassis' concept that is
familiar to the work Microsoft does with hardware partners in the PC industry to
create high quality products."
If the chassis concept becomes real, it would mean that Microsoft would take
a step back into the rearly days of Windows Mobile (when it was called Pocket
PC). As a matter of fact, for the first Generation of Pocket PCs, Microsoft
defined the hardware requirements even stronger than it does today.
And even today, Microsoft defines hardware requirements for the PC industry.
Take the Netbook where Microsoft defines the CPU speed, RAM and screen size to
still take benefit from Windows XP. If we transfer this to
Windows Mobile 6.5 and Windows Mobile 7, which are
expected to be market and offered in parallel, it would mean that Microsoft
defines a minimum of hardware requirements for Windows Mobile 7 devices.
Everything else, which doesn't match this requirements, wouldn't be allowed to
run Windows Mobile 7 but has to use Windows Mobile 6.5 (Second
Cheers ~ Arne