You can file this one in the “no shit” cabinet. At the TechEd 2009 conference today, Microsoft
employees conceded that UI for Windows Mobile 6.5 was rushed to completion, which makes sense given the OS’s largely underwhelming reception and the UI’s obviously dated appearance.
“The reason why we couldn’t complete the interface on Windows Mobile 6.5 is because of time,” explained Loke Uei Tan, Senior Product Manager on the Windows Mobile team. “We only spend what, eight months, nine months, to build 6.5 from ground up and it’s actually an amazing engineering feat. But, in order to do that, we had to do some prioritization and we had to cut certain features.”