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Next Version Of Windows Mobile May Stress Social

With Windows Mobile 6.5 set to be released early next month, attention is now turning to the next version of Microsoft’s operating system, Windows Mobile 7. Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) has been mum on what Windows Mobile 7 will bring, but PC World has some details pulled from a new Microsoft job posting for a senior program manager on the Windows Mobile 7 communications team. From the ad: “Our vision is to bring social networks to life by integrating them into the core experience of the phone. For example, imagine seeing all the newsfeeds from all the networks you care about in a single hub on the phone. Or imagine the phone instantly telling you what your friend is doing and where he is when you get a call from him.”

Sounds impressive — although it may be coming too late. Microsoft is counting on the new operating system to turn around what it has publicly admitted is underperformance in its mobile division (Figures from Canalysis show that Microsoft’s share of the global smart phone market dropped to 9 percent during the second quarter of the year, compared to 14.3 percent a year ago). And indeed Windows Mobile 7 is expected to finally put Windows Mobile on par with the iPhone and Android operating systems. But Windows Mobile 7 is likely one year out — and by then Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) and Google (NSDQ: GOOG) will have had opportunities to one-up Microsoft again with their own systems.