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[News] [Rival] Microsoft is Killing Windows Mobile

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Microsoft is Killing Windows Mobile
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 11 Oct 2009 08:47:21 +0100
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Microsoft Pink dying & taking Windows Mobile with it?

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| After mediocre feedback to the leaked 
| Microsoft Pink handsets, Turtle and Pure, 
| now comes word from inside the project 
| itself that the whole house of cards may 
| be close to tumbling.  An ex-team member 
| has been talking to Apple Insider about 
| the Pink âskunkworksâ project and its 
| mismanagement, including attempting to 
| develop too many SKUs simultaneously, 
| potentially misleading hardware and 
| carrier partners, and in the process 
| pulling the rug out from the already-
| ailing Windows Mobile.  In fact, he 
| reckons the Pink project is ânear death 
| and probably will be canceledâ.


Microsoft's Windows Mobile Upgrade Faces Stiff Competition

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| Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT) line of 
| smartphones equipped with an upgraded 
| version of its Windows Mobile software 
| won't do much to shore up the company's 
| position in the hyper-competitive 
| smartphone market.



No one knows or cares that Microsoft has a phone OS

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| According to the speakers, the vast majority of
| people buying a new phone come in looking for a
| specific make or feature, rather than a particular
| operating system or app store.


Windows Mobile 6.5 Arrives, Mostly Disappoints

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| Finally, damning Windows with faint praise, Takahashi
| ends the article gabbing about how fantastic Apple
| iPhone is: "But for now, the iPhone has a number of
| advantages over Microsoft. The upshot: you can still
| get a much better experience with an iPhone, which
| has superior multi-touch capabilities and
| accelerometer-based controls that work wonderfully in
| some apps. And there's still far more choice
| available on the iPhone." Yikes. Sounds like a review
| for a different product.


Windows Mobile 6.5 Review: There's No Excuse For This

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| I'd like to think that 6.5's stunning failure to
| innovate is a symptom of a neglected projectâmaybe
| Microsoft just needed something, anything to hold
| people over until the mythical Windows Mobile 7 comes
| out, whatever it is. But as Steve Ballmer himself has
| plainly admitted, it's worse: Microsoft has simply
| lumbered in the wrong direction for two years,
| letting everyone, save maybe Nokia, fly right past
| them.


Windows Mobile 6.5 disappoints; no Start customizations and stylus still required

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| I wasnât expecting a whole lot from this point
| release, but I was expecting more than what Microsoft
| delivered. I expected to be able to place icons where
| I wanted them on the Start displays, I expected to
| have finger friendly menus throughout the OS, and I
| expected some attention to the media player, device
| search, and more.
| I am a fan of Windows Mobile, but find very little
| added value in this Windows Mobile 6.5 release and
| would never recommend anyone actually purchase a new
| device just to get this update on their smartphone.
| We are going to have to wait and see if Microsoft can
| pull anything out of the hat in Windows Mobile 7, but
| with the current schedule of late 2010, most likely
| slipping into 2011 like this release, I think the T-
| Mobile Touch Pro2 may be my last Windows Mobile
| device for quite some time.


Windows Mobile 6.5 Review: It Still Sucks.

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| Windows Mobile 6.5 is a spit and polish job on 6.1 â
| nothing more, nothing less.


Ballmer blasts Windows Mobile

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| "Ballmer says they screwed up with Windows Mobile. Wishes
| they had already lauched WM7. They completely revamped the
| team," reported venture capitalist Paul Jozefak.


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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