Microsoft's Mobile OS Roadmap Revealed

For many of us (which used to use Windows Mobile) – the release of the Windows Phone 7 was a serious shock.

We knew WinMo is running into a dead-end, but to finish it like this? And for what? To be replaced by a SilverLight based OS? Weird.

Well, it looks like Microsoft is not letting go of the good old Windows Mobile. In fact, to make it more interesting, Microsoft is making some changes, new names and brands to its' existing mobile operating systems.

The new term to get used to is Windows Embedded.


Here are Steve Balmer's notes about Windows Embedded Handheld (which is, in my opinion, mostly Windows Mobile 6.5.3 eventually) – check out the video below followed by some explanations by myself:

Too complicated?

I did some digging trying to understand what is going on. You can find my findings in MobileFever, where I try to explain what will become of Windows Mobile.

Microsoft Announces Windows Embedded Handled – What Does It Mean?


Parrotlover77 said…
It certainly is confusing, but at least they finally have a path now for those of us that have products for non-phone devices that run WM.  Yet Another Name Change for the poor Pocket PC, but whatever.

The funniest part to me is how the timeline shows a two year path from native and managed code to the Silverlight model (whether on the future Embedded platform or WP7).  That's pretty hillarious.  Gil - I know you do mobile development.  Have you ever seen a LOB app convert to a new platform that quickly when it already has an established history on another platform?  Yea, not going to happen.

But then again, they may realize that but just don't want to admit it, to try to encourage as much adoption to the silly sandbox as possible.  There certainly was nothing in the timelines I saw that said native and .Net CF were going anywhere on those later models, only that Silverlight will be there too and be the preferred development model.

Well, hopefully in two years Silverlight will grow a beard and become something more than just an overhyped Flash clone in a super restricted sandbox.  I can't see any possible way to migrate our data collection apps to Silverlight until we get a common file system and DB access.  The "cloud" is not an option for us as our partners distribute devices to users that are in VERY unreliable cell reception (let alone wifi!).
MobileSpoon said…
I agree, it's hard to see how so much legacy code out there will be easily "upgraded" to silverlight.
Interesting to say: when you install visual studio2010 something is missing... it's WinMo compact framework development... 
Still, overall I think Microsoft's press release is more of a good news than bad news...