The week marches on and today being Saturday means it is time to recap the recent happenings in the world of Windows Mobile. Microsoft didn’t surprise anyone when they confirmed this week that the next major update to Windows Mobile will not appear until late next year. Microsoft UK head of mobility Phil Moore stated that Windows phones running WM7 will not appear until late next year. WM7 is considered by many to be the OS update that will bring WinMo up to competitor’s levels on smartphones.
The smartphone scene is highly competitive, and Microsoft may want to do whatever possible to speed up the release of WinMo 7. Recent numbers compiled by Gartner show that WinMo has lost a third of its smartphone market share over the past year alone. WinMo still has a good position in the enterprise, but 80 percent of smartphones are currently being sold to consumers.
HP recently released the Glisten, a WM-equipped smartphone that hasn’t set the world on fire but demonstrates the company is getting back into the Windows phone game in the U. S.. While it had been a few years since we’d seen an HP WinMo phone in the U. S., the company has been producing them for the global market. HP has stated it will produce one or two Windows phones next year. We’ll have to see if they make appearances on the U. S. carriers.