Windows Mobile 7 just can’t catch a break. Originally scheduled to drop in 2009, the release of Windows Mobile 7 was then pushed back to early 2010. Not long after that, the release was pushed back to the second half of 2010. And now comes word that Microsoft’s effort at an advanced and modern smartphone OS has been pushed back yet again, this time to late 2010.
During a Q&A session at the “Connect!” technology conference in London, Microsoft UK head of mobility Phil Moore discussed Apple’s strong entrance into the smartphone market and what Microsoft is doing to position Windows Mobile 7 as a strong competitor to the iPhone and other leading phones out on the market.
We’re still playing catch-up. When Apple came on to the scene a couple of years ago, it threw away the rulebook and reinvented it. We unfortunately don’t have that luxury. It’s true, Apple caught us all napping. It launched something that was very iconic, new and unseen with a very good user interface.
Moving onto WM 7, Moore noted that the release has “been put back until late next year but it is definitely coming.” That doesn’t bode well for Microsoft when you consider that by the time Windows Mobile 7 finally hits the market, the fourth iteration of the iPhone will already be out, not to mention a diverse array of powerful smartphones running Android.
Truth be told, we’d be surprised if Windows Mobile 7 is even marginally better than the first iPhone, which was released more than 2 and a half years ago. Their most recent effort, Windows Mobile 6.5, was thoroughly panned by reviewers, and with manufacturers largely flocking to Android, WM 7 may very well be dead on arrival.