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[News] [Rival] Microsoft Munchkin: Windows Mobile Is In Trouble

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Why Windows Mobile Is In Trouble

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| Recently it was revealed that the newest version of Microsoft’s mobile 
| operating system, Windows Mobile 7.0, would be delayed until as late as 2010. 
| The updated version, which the company’s partners had reportedly been hoping 
| to have by early 2009, was aimed at giving Microsoft a bigger presence on the 
| mobile stage. But delay or no delay, I don’t think it would have been enough. 
| With competition from a resurgent BlackBerry platform from Research in 
| Motion, Apple’s iPhone and most importantly, the Google Phone platform (I 
| will analyze Nokia’s Symbian platform in a separate post at a later date), 
| Microsoft’s mobile platform is facing its toughest environment yet.        
| [...]
| Sometime later this month, the G-1 will go on sale and people (at least those 
| in the U.S.) will be able to experience the difference between a Windows 
| Mobile- and an Android-based phone for themselves. Of course, some will find 
| the shortcomings of the Google Phone — and according to Mossberg, there are 
| many — grating. Others, like me, will be suitably impressed. And if they’re 
| impressed enough, most handset makers will want to join the party.     



Windows Mobile misses annual shipment target

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| Lees, a veteran Microsoft executive who moved from the Server & Tools unit in
| February, attributed the lower-than-projected Windows Mobile sales to some
| devices coming to market slightly later than previously expected. He declined
| to say which ones.



Malik, Arrington and Battelle: X-22, come in [to Microsoft]

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| What would possess a collection of online publishers and venture capitalists 
| to pimp a Microsoft advertising slogan?
| Valleywag today reported about a site tied to a Microsoft ad campaign
| where the likes of Michael Arrington, Om Malik and others seemingly 
| lend their support to the "people-ready" catchphrase.
| I sent e-mails both to Arrington and Malik and--surprise, 
| surprise--heard nothing back. (Obviously, they are not yet 
| sufficiently "Coop-ready.") Microsoft was still checking for me into  
| whether money exchanged hands. But even if not a single shekel exchanged 
| hands, I must wonder about the absence of common sense. Why would 
| ostensibly independent voices come across as Microsoft shills? If 
| they were hoping for a free dinner with Bill Gates, there are 
| smarter ways to go about it. 


Microsoft Hides Its Mobile and Business Apps Divisions

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| The company is folding its two worst-performing divisions -- Microsoft
| Business Solutions (its business applications unit) and its Mobile and
| Embedded units -- into the Microsoft Business Division and Microsoft Home
| and Entertainment units, respectively.


Cryptome: NSA has access to Windows Mobile smartphones

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| First time in history Cryptome.org has released information about the
| characteristics of NSA’s network surveillance.

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