Windows Mobile 7 UI confirmed by Microsoft?

Microsoft confirmed today that the company will unveil its plans for Windows Mobile 7 at the MIX 2010 conference in March next year.

Microsoft Office Vice President Kurt Delbene confirmed the news at the end of day two at the Professional Developers Conference here in Los Angeles. Little is known about Windows Mobile 7 except that it has been plagued with delays. Recently Neowin confirmed 1,000 engineers are assigned to Windows Mobile 7 and that social networking is a key feature.

Screenshots of the rumoured interface leaked in March this year and Microsoft officials refused to confirm or deny. Interestingly, Microsoft has posted a shot of a Windows Mobile interface on its Office 2010 beta site that looks identical to the rumoured Windows Mobile 7 shots. Is this Windows Mobile 7, something in-between or just concept?

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It is a generic render of WM, nothing to see here. It does not convey any information one way or the other what the OS is capable of.

Thank god. I cant wait to junk this POS iPhone for something I can actually be productive on.

Moving to the iPhone was a terrible decision for me.

No this is no confirmation.. Microsoft know better than to put actual work in these shots. They've been using that same concept in presentations forever.

Plus how would they be confirming a UI that you can be sure is far from final?

Yeah, it sounds like they really just confirmed some features, such as the support for Exchange... Microsoft's focus didn't seem to be UI in their post...

I think it's too late for Microsoft to turn the tides of the iPhone OS and Android OS ... it's just too little too late, and by March of next year the worldwide marketshare of Windows Mobile devices will probably fall below 1% ... making it completely irrelevant. The same will happen to BlackBerry OS in a year or two as it already did for Palm OS.

Microsoft had years and years to innovate and make Windows Mobile OS into something competitive, but instead they sat back and let Apple and Google take the lead, and now there's no taking it back. It's too bad, 3 major competitors in the mobile OS market would have been better than 2.

sabrex said,
I think it's too late for Microsoft to turn the tides of the iPhone OS and Android OS ... it's just too little too late, and by March of next year the worldwide marketshare of Windows Mobile devices will probably fall below 1% ... making it completely irrelevant. The same will happen to BlackBerry OS in a year or two.

Microsoft had years and years to innovate and make Windows Mobile OS into something competitive, but they instead they sat back and let Apple and Google take the lead, and now there's no taking it back. It's too bad, 3 major competitors in the mobile OS market would have been better than 2.

It won't fall that quick, it losing about 0.75 per quarter at the moment but that rate will increase over time.

Why do people think that the lack of a cool and flashy UI means WinMo is somehow years behind the other OS's when it comes to features and such? I don't get what people think is drastically lacking that it can't do that the others somehow can.

The UI is the only area winmo needs work, and a UI can be fixed and changed quick.

This is really wild thinking and I don't see a basis for it. Why you a 1000s of developers strong team on a second-only-to-Windows priority project be utterly incapable of competing? Heck, they're competing now with the stagnant neglected version of the OS.

This is how you know some people can't see beyond the flashy, when they say that Apple and Google(!) are in the lead as opposed to RIM and give no reason why they think BlackBerry will disappear

funny, who come you ruled out Nokia/Symbian? which is the main competitor.

they hold alone like 50% of the market

burnblue said,
This is really wild thinking and I don't see a basis for it. Why you a 1000s of developers strong team on a second-only-to-Windows priority project be utterly incapable of competing? Heck, they're competing now with the stagnant neglected version of the OS.

This is how you know some people can't see beyond the flashy, when they say that Apple and Google(!) are in the lead as opposed to RIM and give no reason why they think BlackBerry will disappear

Yeah, some people just see the flash... It's a shame really... I mean, look at how long it took Apple to add MMS support... Windows Mobile is feature complete really... It just needs an improved UI and maybe better development support.

I think with silverlight 4 mobile that would be a huge step for dev support on winmo7. Other stuff as well probably, man waiting for MiX will be a pain, it can't come fast enough.

Groan, this is Microsoft's finally chance to save Windows Mobile and they can't screw up. Microsoft has a huge mountain to climb.

GP007 said,
If you mean slapping on a cool looking UI as a huge mountain then I guess.

It's not just "cool looks" that makes a good GUI. Usability also!

GetUsed2It said,
They'll make it! i have a feeling.. every time the heat's on, they do a good job..

I think they'll pull it off too. The biggest issue with Windows Mobile 6.1 is that it just isn't touch friendly... I look forward to seeing what they come up with. I just hope it's not too reliant on social media features...

That UI looks really poor in comparison to Web OS on the Palm Pre and OS X Mobile.

Bureaucrats within MS stifling their designers.

We don't even know if those shots have anything to do with WinMo7. We just have rumors and guesses. Until they show something at MiX or a solid leaked build comes out it's hard to comment on anything UI wise.

I know that they are leaked shots but that really does look like a really bad K series fan created Sony Ericsson theme.

Someone could've just used a old concept shot on the office mobile site as well. I'll wait for MiX to see what they show us, unless something newer comes out that fits better.

I dunno, seeing the changes that are in the newer 6.5.1 builds, I think that shot has to be pretty old and nothing close to what the final will be.

True. In a way it is a step from the concepts in my opinion. 6.5.1 has that slidey thing, bit like the concept images. Oh well, doesn't really bother me as I'll keep sticking to Windows Mobile until something better pops up.

Tim Dawg said,
Looks nice. That button down in the middle of the bottom looks strangely familiar?

wow.....really MS? ..... really? It's not like that button doesn't have room for improvement? Why simply copy? at least try to make it a bit better

Tim Dawg said,
Looks nice. That button down in the middle of the bottom looks strangely familiar?

If you look closely you'll notice that it's the SIP button (to display the onscreen keyboard), not the home button (like an iPhone). Windows Mobile has always had the SIP button in the middle of the bottom toolbar.

I think the WinMo UI looks pretty awful and still quite dated, especially compared to iPhones, webOS and Androids.

That's because it's an old UI that they haven't really changed much? It's not like they said they'd redo everything with v6.5 either.

It's easy when the iPhone and Android is just starting from scratch to do a fresh UI.

Doesn't matter what they said they would do or what they did. In my opinion, it just doesn't look as good as some other UIs out there.

That's fine. Just as long as people take into account that v6.5 was just a stop gap from the get go. MS never said anything about a whole new UI.

Geez, if you really think that the Windows Mobile UI shown here is better than what Android has (non-Sense UI), you need to get your eyes checked.

As much as I love taking witty advice from someone called dagamer34 on the Internet about my eyesight, I'll pass on this occasion. I'm sorry if my opinion upset you. Geez.

Well Android isn't the best example as some can look pretty bad. But I think WebOS and iPhone OS blow both out of the water.

dagamer34 said,
Geez, if you really think that the Windows Mobile UI shown here is better than what Android has (non-Sense UI), you need to get your eyes checked.

Erm hello even without sense Android still looks better by a long way, I'm sorry but Windows Mobile will always look pretty dreadful no matter how many themes you try to apply.

dagamer34 said,
Geez, if you really think that the Windows Mobile UI shown here is better than what Android has (non-Sense UI), you need to get your eyes checked.

maybe you need to get your eyes checked.