I’m talking about Windows Mobile 7 (WinMo 7). As many of you know, I have been eyeballing Apple computers and Google Android-powered mobile phones. However, my haunted Zune issues notwithstanding, I am still willing to give Microsoft a shot in the personal computer, personal music player and mobile phone arenas. I upgraded my Toshiba laptop with Windows 7 about a month ago and have been impressed with the improvements in system performance and stability. If these improvements carry over to WinMo 7, there’s reason to be encouraged.
Fairly recently, I decided to hold off on purchasing the Zune HD because there were rumors floating around that Microsoft was finally going to release WinMo 7. Microsoft put out a WinMo 6.5 a few months ago that, by all accounts, appears to be just a Band-Aid to add some features and attempt to keep up with the exponentially-changing mobile OS landscape. Just yesterday, Samsung announced a new device call Wave, running on a new mobile OS platform called Bada. (Don’t hate me. I didn’t make up the stupid name.)
Those familiar with me, know I am huge fan of clean design, and smooth fonts. I’ve got to say, the user interface (UI) looks is pretty!
Images: Microsoft News Center
Here’s a video first look at Windows Mobile 7, presented at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
If you really want to get your nerd on about Windows Mobile 7, check out this 22-minute video from Microsoft’s Channel 9 site.
It must be said that this Windows Mobile OS update is way overdue. A good number even question whether this OS upgrade is too little, too late for Microsoft. A good question. The answer, I think, remains to be seen. The proliferation of iPhones and iPods, and now Android OS run devices such as the Nexus One, Droid, Hero, Eris, etc. make it a tough smartphone hill to climb. (A hill Microsoft used to dominate, no less.) And, unfortunately, it will be some time before consumers get their hands on any WinMo 7-powered devices. According to the information released from Microsoft, WinMo 7 devices won’t be available until “Holiday 2010.” We could all hope that means one of the various national holidays between now and the end of the year, but I think we all know it probably means sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas. That’s a shame. It makes me wonder whether Windows has really finished the OS, and it’s just dangling some sexy teasers out in front us. As the expression goes, time will tell.
As for me? As much as my interest is piqued, particularly with the integration of Zune features with the phone, I am probably not willing to wait that long. Other than the Zune subscription-based music, most of the songs I have are MP3s, which can be played on any device. I am much less interested in the interface itself (iTunes, Zune Marketplace), and simply would like a device where I can successfully integrate my needs — phone, e-mail, calendar, decent camera and music. I rely pretty heavily on Google applications for e-mail, calendar and even documents, so the Android phones looking more and more attractive.
If you have experience and a preference for one of the Mobile OS platforms, let me know. I am particularly interested to hear impressions from people using Windows Mobile devices, as well as those who have moved from an iPhone, WinMo or BlackBerry to an Android or WebOS (Palm) device.