Saturday, November 06, 2010

Smartphone Essentials WP7 Article - not completely true...

I was in a local newsagent the other day waiting for my train and noticed a magazine "Smartphone Essentials" (UK magazine) as it had a spread on the newly released Windows Phone 7 device. I only had a couple of minutes, so I skipped to the Windows Phone 7 bits.

I have to say the authors for this magazine need to do more research before they publish this stuff. Windows Phone 7 Series is not "Brand new from the ground up". The magazine was suggesting that WP7 is a completely new OS built from scratch. This is simply not true. When people read this, they generally assume 1 thing, it's brand new so it will be full of bugs and issues so I'm going to wait for v.NEXT.

Windows Phone 7 series has a new shell and application framework that is fully managed code that sits on Windows CE 7 OS. Windows CE is the same OS used in Windows Mobile except in Windows Mobile the latest version used is Windows CE 5.2.

The other thing that is not true was that fact they mentioned Windows Mobile is dead. Windows Mobile is still being sold and is still supported by Microsoft today. It will be renamed soon to Windows Embedded Handheld which is essentially still the same Windows Mobile shell OS.

There is still a fairly large enterprise market with investments in Windows Mobile that are being used for mission critical applications today and will continue to do so. Windows Embeded Handheld will be geard towards business users. Some Windows Mobile devices such as the MC65 and ES400 will port over to the new OS.

Smartphone Essentials: just because Windows Mobile is not competing too well against platforms such as Android and the iPhone in the consumer markets, doesn't make it a dead platform. There is another world out there.

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