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http://blip.tv/play/AYGVxmcC Updated: Windows Mobile as we’ve known it is gone. Say hello to the new Windows Phone operating system branding! The Inquirer got a sit-down introduction to the newly named mobile OS and offers up this early look. Most of what’s shown is already common knowledge: […]

http://blip.tv/play/AYGVxmcC

Updated: Windows Mobile as we’ve known it is gone. Say hello to the new Windows Phone operating system branding! The Inquirer got a sit-down introduction to the newly named mobile OS and offers up this early look. Most of what’s shown is already common knowledge: support for Microsoft Tag, the My Phone service that backs up your device over the air and the rather Zune-ish interface.

I generally like what I see, but I’m curious: is this new version looking revolutionary and innovative or do you see it as more of a play to “catch up” to the competition? I’m withholding judgment until I get a hands-on as my Magic 8-Ball says “Ask Again Later.”

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  1. Hey, I linked to this in the comments the other day. Where’s my thank you?

    Only kidding :)

  2. Dr. Julius T. Hibbert, M.D. Sunday, August 2, 2009

    Yeah, Kevin, it’s just Windows Mobile 6.5. New branding, same OS they’ve been promoting for months now with the same UI we’ve seen for months now. I’m pretty sure you guys have done posts on WinMo 6.5 these past few months so why do you think it is new? This isn’t even the first time they’ve talked about the “Windows Phone” branding.I’m not trying to be a wise-guy, I’m just a little confused.

    1. That’s partially my point: new name for what’s essentially “old but coming soon” bits. Bear in mind that while you and I might have heard about this before, not all of our readers have.

    2. I know not everyone has heard about all of this and I wasn’t suggesting that this wasn’t news or that you shouldn’t have posted it. I was confused by the way the post was written. It gave me the impression that you thought this was something new even though I knew that you were already familiar with WinMo 6.5. Just a misunderstanding. ;-)

  3. What’s with the Gadget Gurus title at the top of the page? Are you getting rebranded?

  4. This was to be expected, it was just a question of “when” rather than “if”. A Zune with a phone built in makes sense from a hardware point, but I’m interested to know how WM7 fits in with the whole Windows Phone OS thing. It appears MS is branching off into two directions now.

  5. James Kendrick Sunday, August 2, 2009

    Microsoft has told me that Windows Mobile will continue to be the OS brand, Windows Phone refers to the phones only.

  6. The Microsoft Rep got pretty defensive when the interviewer asked if there would be multi-touch support; for good reason though, it’s a real shame that Windows Mobile devices are still hamstrung by the exclusive capability for resistive touchscreens. I don’t think a zoom key/slider cuts it in this day and age.

    I see some real innovative hardware coming out from HTC, I’m hoping this transition to Android comes sooner rather than later.

  7. GoodThings2Life Sunday, August 2, 2009

    They did NOT change the name of the OS… it’s STILL Windows Mobile 6.5. The Inquirer is wrong.

    The Windows Phone is a marketing name only.

    http://community.winsupersite.com/blogs/paul/archive/2009/08/02/misunderstandings-abound-about-the-windows-phones-branding-head-s-up-nothing-has-changed-nothing.aspx

  8. Whew, I was worried for a sec when I read over at Brighthand that they were still keeping the Windows Mobile name, only to drop by here and hear that they’re switching it to Windows Phone. Last thing I need would be contradictory sources…

    Anyway, I would NOT want it to be “Windows Phone” for the OS itself because that would push it entirely into the smartphone space by name, and I do not necessarily want a smartphone. (Something like the Samsung Mondi or the Creative Zii Egg is closer to what I’m looking for-powerful, NO PHONE, relatively affordable without any contracts or subsidies involved.)

    Still, I never saw this new, Zune-like Today screen included as part of Windows Mobile 6.5 before. It looks interesting, but I still want to be able to switch from it to PocketBreeze and back with a quick press of a softkey.

  9. You could not pay me to use this warmed over Windows Mobile/Zune phone. Marketing 101 says you change the brand name after the brand has failed. Hence Windows Phone.

  10. Where is the hard reset button? They will need one.

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