One of the biggest problems
with Windows Mobile are the numerous delays of Windows Mobile 7.
Much like Windows Vista, Windows Mobile 6 drew a lot of criticism.
However, in the case of WinMo 6, the OS's shortcomings were much more
clear cut -- the OS was simply not as functional as competitors'
specialized operating systems such as RIM's Blackberry OS (better at
business) or Apple's mobile version of OS X (better at media).
Part of the blame was on the core components of Windows Mobile 6,
part was on the lack of compelling apps. Despite this poor
performance, the OS has managed to leverage its veteran position to
cling to a dwindling market share.
And this year, a Windows
Mobile 6.5 refresh gave WinMo loyalists some hope. Still,
Microsoft and its supporters in the handset community are counting on
Windows Mobile 7 to give the veteran OS brand a boost, much like
Windows 7 delivered
in the PC market.
Now European publication Bright Side
of the News is citing
multiple sources as saying that Windows Mobile 7 will be a
no-show in 2010. They cite a rather exhaustive list of sources
at "Microsoft, Lenovo, Qualcomm, TI, Nokia, NVIDIA, HTC and many
more" as saying that the mobile OS will not be released this
year. Reportedly the delay is due to stronger than expected
competition from Google's Android OS. Microsoft reportedly is
afraid that Windows Mobile 7 won't measure up to Android 2.1, so it's
going back to the drawing board to trying to further refine the new
They say that the soonest we'll see a preview of it will
be at the World Mobile Congress in Barcelona in February
That's bad news for Microsoft, as it is finding it
increasingly hard to convince customers to buy WinMo
6.5 phones in the face of attractive Android and Blackberry
offerings, in addition to the much talked about iPhone. If
WinMo 7 doesn't land until next year, it's fairly safe to say that
Microsoft's marketshare will be in shambles at that point.
it does launch, though, WinMo 7 still stands a fighter's chance, to
start over from scratch, emulating new entries like Google's Android
OS. It even has the advantage of having some residual brand
power. However, if Microsoft indeed doesn't deliver a mobile OS
in 2010, it will have a lot of ground to cover when it finally looks
to stage a handset comeback.
Update 1: 10:00 p.m. Tues. Jan. 12, 2009 -
If the original headline made you jump then join the club. It's sad that we're even covering this but when big named sites like PC World begin reporting this belief as "news" and Twitter spreads it as news then it's time to put some facts straight
The truth is, Windows Mobile 7 will be shown at Mobile World Congress next month and Neowin will be there live to keep you up to date. From what we've seen, it will blow you away. So as always, stay tuned.
Given multiple opportunities to clarify Valich's report, and to deny that any delay was in the works, Microsoft spokespersons would not provide Betanews with information that shed any light on the timeframe, or that would refute the information from vendors cited in that report. The company appears to be taking the position that, since it has never set a firm timetable on WM7's release, whatever date it announces, however far in the future that might be, is not a delay.