Today, Microsoft is scheduled for a press conference at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2010. Microsoft is expected to launch its latest mobile operating system, Windows Mobile 7. Steve Ballmer, the CEO of Microsoft Corporation will host the press conference at the MWC.
Here are some useful sites where you can catch up with the live coverage of Microsoft Press Conference at MWC 2010.
We will keep this list updated as we come across more live streaming resources and other important announcements related to MWC 2010. You can also follow #MWC2010 hashtag on Twitter to keep tabs on the event.
Seems like Windows Mobile 7 won’t be having flash support for quite some time now. Adobe has issued a brief statement in this regard:
Microsoft and Adobe are working closely together. While the newest version of Windows Phone won’t support Flash at initial availability, both companies are working to include a browser plug-in for the full Flash player in future versions of Windows Phone. More details will be shared at Microsoft MIX next month.
Though this statement seems positive, bear in mind that Adobe has promised us flash support for Android but we won’t be seeing it for atleast 3 months. This might place Windows Mobile 7’s time someplace in second half of this year.
Microsoft’s Windows Mobile OS has already lost its market share due to Google’s Android OS and Apple’s iPhone OS. Now the company is trying to regain its market share by launching their own smartphones. The rumored Microsoft Pink aka Zune phone is expected to be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress conference in Barcelona next month or during CTIA event in March.
Zune Phone is rumored to come with Microsoft’s next-generation mobile operating system, Windows Mobile 7. Zune video store will be integrated in Windows Mobile 7. It will let the users to buy songs and music subscription with a single click. Zune phone may also provide easy access to social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft’s Xbox Live Gaming service.
It is also been said that Windows Mobile 7 will come in 2 different editions, i.e Business Edition (BE) and Media Edition (ME). The Windows 7 Business Edition will support cloud syncing with multiple devices and the Media Edition will come with features much similar Zune devices.
What do you think of Zune Phone? Will it regain its market share after launching this phone and its next-gen OS?. Please share your views regarding the Zune phone and Windows Mobile 7 in the comments.
Before, you start going at my credentials or those of my insider let me put few facts in place:
Microsoft relies on pre-release publicity for their products and there has been none for Windows Mobile 7.
Microsoft tests their products on OEMs and let’s them demo it, however, nothing of that sort has happened with Windows Mobile 7.
Here is a brief of what my insider source told me:
Windows Mobile 7 is still being developed, you will see a demo of it soon. It is there right but not there yet. I work my ass out and we are all under pressure but I cannot reveal what or when the beta or RC will be ready. It should be ready sooner than later but do not expect it to come out in a month or two and definitely not by next month.
We have a beta and RC process of a month or two and we are at Alpha right now. Based on this you assume what you want. But if you know your release cycles well you will know how much time it takes to get from Alpha to Beta and Beta to RCxx and from there to final.
So unfortunately, Windows Mobile 7 might come out sometime soon, but don’t expect it to come out at MWC, unlike earlier it should be ready for devices to start testing it, but yes it is certainly not going to be there at MWC.
This is definitely bad news for WinMo fans, as Microsoft have been lagging behind in the mobile scene. What with iPhone, Android, RIM, Palm and Maemo making some mark and coming up with some awesome devices in 2010.
Earlier at CES 2010, LG had announced that they will be coming up with a new phone running Windows Mobile 7. However, there was no demo or confirmed dates for the release of the phone, which will be called Meta Material Antenna, which suggests that Microsoft is not yet ready with the platform for even manufacturers.
We spoke with representatives from Microsoft, Lenovo, Qualcomm, TI, Nokia, nVidia, HTC and many more and they all had just one message – Windows Mobile 7 is delayed until 2011.
Windows Vista too was originally marred by several delays, and then the final product was really really disappointing in many ways. After the success Microsoft achieved with Windows 7, if the Windows Mobile 7 news is really true, then Microsoft is definitely digging its own mobile grave.
With adoption of Android blowing through the roof, this is just more bad news for Windows Mobile fans.
We’ve all been ranting on about HTC HD2 for a while now. Expectations are quite high from this phone. If you’re unfamiliar with it, read Omkar’s excellent review over here.
Rumors were up and about for this handset too. At least one of them is confirmed now – HD2 is to be running on Windows Mobile 7. This was tweeted by HTC’s Twitter account from Russia. The tweet translates to something like this:
for Diamond 2 firmware is not planned. Of the existing communicators on the market, only the HD2 firmware to get WM7.
Well this news was not unguessed as HD2 meets the requirements for Windows Mobile 7.
So this should make every HTC lovers holidays a bit more happier.
Pocketnow has recently shared some exclusive leaked screenshots of Windows Mobile 7. In the screenshots shown below, the top pictures shows the vanilla Windows Mobile 6.5 and the bottom pictures are the re-designed Windows Mobile user interface which they call it Windows Mobile 7.