Windows Mobile 7: An OS exclusive to Microsoft devices?

Windows Mobile UX leaks

Windows Mobile 7 UX leaks

According to some persistent rumours, Microsoft is offering to selected manufacturers a Microsoft branded smartphone, code name PINK, featuring Windows Mobile 7 for a launch mid 2010. Windows Mobile device manufacturers won’t get access to WM7 and will still continue to offer WM6.5 devices. So customers would have the choice in shops between a, let’s say, Samsung WM6.5 and a brand new Microsoft WM7 device. Weird isn’t it?
One can really wonder about the intend of Microsoft. The rationale behind this is to be found in the extraordinary success of the Palm pre and (again) the iPhone. Both offer an outstanding user experience, no other Open OS devices have achieve so far.
One of the reason may be simple: to offer the best user experience, one needs to have control over the hardware and the software. If the two are managed by 2 different entities you end up with some wobbly experience if not a few regular crashes.
One can expect, that Microsoft will open WM7 to other manufacturers after a few month exclusivity for its own device. If it is the case, Microsoft will surely create an amazing device with a great experience but may jeopardize its relationship with tier 1 manufacturers and push them in the arms of Android…

Windows Mobile 7: A Microsoft device dedicated OS?

According to some persistent rumours, Microsoft is offering to selected manufacturers a Microsoft branded smartphone, code name PINK, featuring Windows Mobile 7 for a launch mid 2010. Windows Mobile device manufacturers won’t get access to WM7 and will still continue to offer WM6.5 devices. So customers would have the choice in shops between a, let’s say, Samsung WM6.5 and a brand new Microsoft WM7 device. Weird isn’t it?

One can really wonder about the intend of Microsoft. The rationale behind this is to be found in the extraordinary success of the Palm pre and (again) the iPhone. Both offer an outstanding user experience, no other Open OS devices have achieve so far.

One of the reason may be simple: to offer the best user experience, one needs to have control over the hardware and the software. If the two are managed by 2 different entities you end up with some wobbly experience if not a few regular crashes.

One can expect, that Microsoft will open WM7 to other manufacturers after a few month exclusivity for its own device. If it is the case, Microsoft will surely create an amazing device with a great experience but may jeopardize its relationship with tier 1 manufacturers and push them in the arms of Android…

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