Close to next week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, PPCGeeks and MobileTechWorld says they have received information what is described to be a kind of feature-list of Microsoft's upcoming Windows Mobile 7. While both sites don't reveal any info where the information came from, it paints an interesting picture of what the next Windows Mobile version might be. According to the sites, Windows Phone 7 will sport an interface that's "very similar" to the Zune HD, along with a complete revamp of the start screen, and a user interface that's described as "very clean soulful and alive". Furthermore it's said the OS won't support multitasking but applications simply pausing themselves when in the background (there will be support for push notifications, though).
As rumored before it's expected that Windows Mobile 7 will have full Xbox gaming and Zune integration, full support for social networking and a new try before buy system for Marketplace apps. The browsing experience is said to be "better/faster" compared to Apple's iPhone 3G but Microsoft is "aiming towards" the iPhone 3GS. And it's again said that there will be no Microsoft-made device but the company will have tighter control of the manufacturing process, which promises to simplify things and even allow OTA (over-the-air) updates.
Last but not least it's rumored, that Microsoft won't show any Windows Phone 7 hardware at next week's Mobile World Congress but the expected Windows Mobile 7 announcement is said to focus solely on the user interface.
However, Microsoft is confident that the first hardware will be ready by September of this year.
Questions? Ask me next week when we are in Barcelona for the Mobile Word Congress. At this point it's a purely unconfirmed rumor without any prove that the specs above are representing Windows Mobile 7.
Cheers ~ Arne