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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 […]

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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.

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  1. Windows 7 at the end of 2010? Fail. And if Windows 7 is supposed to bring WinMo up to its competition’s level now then its a huge fail. To wait that long Windows 7 needs to be the next big thing that exceeds its competition. Apple, Blackberry, Palm and Android certainly aren’t going to stand pat on what they have today. But really, its gonna further damage Microsoft’s marketshare to wait this long. Must…go…FASTER

  2. I would warn people not to buy a Windows Mobile phone at this hopeless stage of the game. You don’t want to invest into a platform that’s about to be ditched. No more software. No support. No updates. Abandoned.

    Microsoft did not take Windows Mobile seriously. Every other mobile OS company, and there are many, have all managed to produce a modern multi-touch OS. Everyone, but Microsoft. Yet Microsoft has the most money. Something is very wrong at Redmond.

    The end of 2010 for the release of Windows Mobile 7 is Microsoft’s estimate. And Microsoft always runs late. Therefore we are looking at 2011 for the next Windows Mobile. It’s a joke. The platform is teetering on the edge of an abyss now, let alone a year from now. It cannot survive, and Windows Mobile will be the first major mobile OS to be discontinued.

    The latest figures this month (InfomationWeek) show that Microsoft has lost the business market too. It now only has 24% of business users, and sliding fast. There simply is no hope for Windows Mobile. The business market has gone with Blackberry and iPhone. The consumers with iPhone and Android.

    People buying a smartphone should make sure they buy any platform but Windows Mobile. Get an iPhone or Android or Palm or Blackberry. Just don’t buy a Windows Phone.

  3. I’m not a Windows Mobile hater by any means, having used Microsoft OS-based mobile devices for decades now.

    What is needed is an intervention!

    With CES coming up, maybe all the Windows Mobile related technology blogs could get together and hold a CTJ meeting somewhere in Las Vegas with an open invitation to the Microsoft brass in town and finally ask the hard questions that never seem to get asked. (Look what happened when one enterprising blogger cornered a HTC exec and asked why no audio jack on their latest phones!)

    Won’t happen. To bad. The situation with Microsoft and Windows Mobile is plain embarrassing. Android, here I come!

  4. Microsoft is crazy. Its business model is wrong. There’s a reason nobody else has Microsoft’s business model… it doesn’t work.

    Microsoft is trying to make money licensing its phone OS. It has been rejected by the public (low market share), and rejected by the phone manufacturers who are continuing to desert it in droves.

    Windows Mobile is doomed. Microsoft needs to either create an open-source OS (to attract developers), or make its own hardware. Making its own hardware will make the final licensees leave, but they are leaving anyway.

    People know that Windows Mobile is a dying platform that should be avoided. The developers and the public have switched to Android. Like the previous reader… Android, here I come too!

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