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[News] Windows Mobile Gets Slaughtered by the Linux Platforms

  • Subject: [News] Windows Mobile Gets Slaughtered by the Linux Platforms
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 18 Sep 2009 23:14:01 +0100
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Dark Days for Windows Mobile, But Not For Open Source Platforms

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| Things are looking increasingly bad for Microsoft's Windows 
| Mobile operating system, and they may be looking bad for 
| Palm, too. As GigaOm notes: "Like a desperate gambler down 
| to his last few chips, Palm is ditching Windows Mobile and 
| going all in with its own webOS." That will leave the Pre 
| as Palm's big bet in the smartphone arena, and the company 
| has said that the Pre now accounts for the vast majority of 
| the smartphones that it sells (823,000 units in the most 
| recent quarter, in line with analyst's expectations).


Join the revolution (with DRM sadly):

Android vs Maemo

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| Technically, both Maemo and Android run on Linux 
| kernels. However, Maemo is a full Linux distro, based on 
| Debian, while Android is a sole kernel with a few 
| programs on top of it (namely, Dalvik virtual machine 
| and Sqlite database). On Adnroid all applications run 
| within Dalvik virtual machine, which is heavily 
| optimized and modified version of Java virtual machine 
| (JVM). I tried to analyze the benefits of each platform 
| from the perspective of a software developer, as well as 
| platforms' current "strategic position". If you are too 
| busy to read all the details, there is a short summary 
| paragraph at the end of each chapter.



Does Microsoft Windows Mobile Have A Future?

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| Name Change = Desperation
| Even Microsoft seems to know it is in trouble. One clear sign of a failing product line
| is a name change. After using Windows Mobile since the operating system's launch at the
| turn of the millennium, the company decided that phones running version 6.5 of the
| operating system will be known as Windows phones, a subtle but telling distinction.
| So where will Microsoft go from here? The company has put a lot of time and money into
| its mobile OS. Because of its tight connection with Microsoft Office desktop
| applications, the operating system has had significant appeal to small and medium
| businesses. But that integration also carried a price in terms of ease of use and
| performance. And the market seems to be saying Office compatibility may no longer be
| enough to compete with faster, sexier, and easier-to-use smartphones running on other
| operating systems.


Report: Microsoft Will Make Windows Mobile Cheaper To Compete With Open Source

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| Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) will adopt a two-pronged approach to the mobile
| operating system market that will be able to compete against both the iPhone
| and Android, according to a report in DigiTimes that claims to know
| Microsoftâs Windows Mobile roadmap.


Did Microsoft Just Throw WinMo Under A Bus?

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| If you're itching to buy that hot new WinMo smartphone, go for it. Just don't
| act surprised when the next version of Windows Mobile turns out to be the
| last.


Microsoft's Windows Mobile: Time to Hang Up?

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| There are better ways for Microsoft to make money from smartphones than to
| keep investing in a mobile operating system that's losing share and relevance


Is Googleâs Android Killing Windows Mobile?

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| I wonder if it will be too late for the company to make a comeback, similar
| to Zune struggling to playsanjay  catch-up with the iPod. So while there is a
| lot of focus on Apple v Google, the real battle is actually between Microsoft
| Windows Mobile and Google Android. It looks like Google has drawn its first
| blood.


Motorola disses Windows Mobile: Android "more competitive"

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| Handset maker Motorola has revealed plans to scale back its commitment to
| Windows Mobile as it continues to increase its investment in Google's open
| source Android mobile platform.


Motorola pushes ahead with Android phones

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| Jha praised Android, noting that 3,000 applications have already been
| developed for it. Motorola will focus on integrating messaging and social
| networking with the Android devices, he said, and will offer a range of
| devices in the high- and mid-tier price ranges. "We are probably investing as
| much as anybody on the Android platform," he added.


Motorola Pledges Cheaper Android Phones

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| Android smart phones. Cheap Android phones. Android phones on the
| Nextel/Boost iDen network. Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha said many of next year's
| Motorola phones will run the Google Android OS in a call with analysts today,
| continuing a big bet on the Linux-based system.

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