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Feb 13, 2010

Microsoft, Windows Mobile 7, Pink, and more…

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Wow, I just finished reading tons of news and rumors about Microsoft's Windows Mobile 7, Pink project and more…

Here are the interesting ones:

Remember "Pink" that everyone thought is dead? Well, according to this FCC image, things might become real very soon now:

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(Someone should tell Palm Pre that it has a twin brother)

PPCGeeks brings an interesting rumor with some of the features that will be exposed next week regarding Windows Mobile 7!

- Metro style user interface (similar to ZuneHD)
- No Flash support yet (Silverlight promotion maybe?)
- Apps can be downloaded only via Marketplace
- No Multi-Task support.
- Push notifications – supported.
- Marketplace will now support “try before you buy”
- No "Compact Framework" backwards compatibility.
- Full Zune Integration
- Windows Mobile Device Center will no longer be used. (Zune software to take over syncing via PC).
- OEM Interfaces will not be allowed to run on the device. Say goodbye to Sense UI / SPB Mobile Shell / Point UI / Infinity, etc, etc
- Full XBOX Gaming Integration (Gamer tag, achievements, friends, avatars, merchandising, etc)
- Full support for social networking
- GA date: September 2010

Ouch that hurts! No Flash, no multi-tasking, no self installation, what is that crap? I will never us such kind of phone!

Oh, wait, I'm actually using one right now…

And before we end, here are some more screenshots taken from PocketNow

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Looks like things are going to be interesting next week around Microsoft…



4 comments:

Parrotlover77 said...

Why is every blog reposting those same rumors?!  They are absolutely silly.  Unsourced trolls from Russia with super-secret access to Microsoft's inner workings?  YEA RIGHT!

No multitasking?  BULLSHIT.  Microsoft making a new non-multitasking OS?  Nonsense.  Absolute nonsense.  CE is used on every mobile Microsoft platform.  Multitasking is built in for free.  Even Zune uses CE, despite some incorrect rumors about Zune.

No backward compatibility?  BULLSHIT.  Microsoft has never, ever, pulled that trick.  Windows?  Always backward compatible at least two to three generations (sometimes more, like Windows 7).  Zune HD?  Backward compatible.  XBox 360?  Backward compatible.  What more evidence do you need? 

In particular, the CF not backward compatible?  That's even more hillarious than binary backward compatibility issues.  The framework, by definition, is always backward compatible unless an API is deprecated, which hasn't happened in a long time.  I've seen some rumors that WM7 may have the full framework and that's why CF would not work, but that's also bullshit.  Run a CF application on your PC.  What happens?  It works up until any point you need to execute PInvoked code!  This is because CF is a subset of the larger framework.  It costs nearly zero resources to make CF work perfectly on the full framework.  Restricting that makes no sense.

Flash support?  That's about the only one I can believe.  It's not a MS product, why would it be there out of the box?  That's Adobe's concern, not MS.

Push notifications?  That doesn't even make sense.  That's an Apple technology used to compensate for a lacking OS.  I suppose you could say Exchange is "push" or the MyPhone stuff is "push" but I don't see it working like Apple or RIM's centralized server stuff.

Parrotlover77 said...

WMDC not being used?  Why?  Why on earth would they dump that technology, which integrates fully with Outlook/Exchange and use a media syncing technology?  I can see Zune support for music/media, but WMDC isn't going anywhere.

Inability to run 3rd party shells?  *rolls eyes*  MS is not Apple.  I can see them making contracts with OEMs to push the MS interface, but I can't see them stopping end users from buying and running MS3.

Finally, I must point out that those screenshots are like three years old now.  There is no way MS would invest in 6.5.3's new finger-friendly icon-style button bar just to go back to the old style text button bar.  MS is big on "evolving" UIs.  Look at the Big Windows progression.  They wouldn't use an older style UI on a newer product in the same line.

The truth is, despite MS being very bad about keeping the fact that WM7 is going to be talked about soon, they are doing an excellent job of actually concealing what it will look at.  The only "true" clues we have are the job postings that indicated heavy silverlight and rich UI experience needed for the platform.  Aside from that, we know absolutely nothing.  Any sources revealing clues of the early builds, I am convinced, are lying or being fooled by somebody that is lying.

Parrotlover77 said...

Oh I should also remind you that MS is not above trickery.  Remember Whistler?  That was the internal build name for Windows XP.  Everybody was 100% convinced about what the UI would look like.  There are still skins that are called "Whistler" that have that same look and feel of the beta versions of XP.  But what happened when XP was released?  Whistler was completely gone and replaced by entirely Luna.  Nobody expected this.  It was a complete surprise that XP would look the way it did!

So it's very possible these WM7 screenshots are the same as the early Whistler screenshots, with the actual WM7 look and feel to only be revealed shortly before its release.  Or maybe they'll reveal it next week at the conference.  But point is I am convinced it will not look like what we have come to see so far as WM7.

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