Microsoft’s mystery event revealed

Earlier today, Microsoft announced it will be holding a mystery event for their latest project.  This mystery meeting was revealed today by Ina Fried from Cnet.

The invitations were sent out to members of the press with the message “It’s time to share.”

The mystery meeting is to reveal their “Pure” and “Turtle” phones, part of Microsoft’s Project Pink.  The Pure and Turtle are mobile phones but do not run Windows Phone 7 that will be released later on in the year. The devices are a replacement for T-Mobile Sidekicks, manufactured by Danger, a company Microsoft acquired.  The phones will support the Windows Mobile operating system, but not Windows Phone 7 OS, and come feature packed with social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter, including the Zune music service.

The Windows Phone 7 smartphones aren’t expected until the holiday season, an overhaul to Windows-based phones, featuring a Zune like interface.

The Pure and Turtle will both be slider phones, with touch screen and will go on sale within the month following the announcement on April 12.  The devices will be offered through Verizon Wireless.

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Chrono951 said,
Seems really dumb to put out a new device running what is going to be an old system.

It doesn't matter. People can't seem to understand the concept of a low end feature phone. These aren't smart phones. Feature phones come with preset "features" and services, that's it! You don't get the options you do in a full smartphone. Verizon or MS might have some apps over time but that's not the goal or the point. These are one step up from dumb phones and a step down from smartphones. Look at the sidekick. It works with services and does a core number of things well and nothing more. These things don't have 10k app stores connected to them.

With that said, the OS not being WP7 and being some sort of stripped down version of it, or a tweaked ZuneHD OS (I don't think it's WM 6.5 based at all), doesn't matter.

So they are bringing out 2 new phones that won't run there new OS. Kinda of pointless/stupid if you ask me.
Why not wait and make the phones ready to lunch with Win phone 7?

joemailey said,
So they are bringing out 2 new phones that won't run there new OS. Kinda of pointless/stupid if you ask me.
Why not wait and make the phones ready to lunch with Win phone 7?

Because they're not "Windows Phones". It's really not that hard to understand people. These are specific feature phones that will probably be branded more as Verizon phones than anything from MS. Each carrier has their own feature phone(s) made by some device maker and using some OS.

These are the new sidekicks, not the new Windows Phones.

GP007 said,

Because they're not "Windows Phones". It's really not that hard to understand people. These are specific feature phones that will probably be branded more as Verizon phones than anything from MS. Each carrier has their own feature phone(s) made by some device maker and using some OS.

These are the new sidekicks, not the new Windows Phones.

It is hard to understand, why produce a phone and release a phone that is not going to work with your newest OS? Anyone with a bit of sense would of design the product to work with windows phone 7. Considering the 2 phones will run an older version on windows mobile. Most likely 6.5, why not just wait for 7.

joemailey said,

It is hard to understand, why produce a phone and release a phone that is not going to work with your newest OS? Anyone with a bit of sense would of design the product to work with windows phone 7. Considering the 2 phones will run an older version on windows mobile. Most likely 6.5, why not just wait for 7.

Who said they're running a version of Windows Mobile? This isn't a issue. They're probably running a tweaked ZuneHD OS at the core with a few of the social aspects and phone bits backported from WP7. Feature phones don't have apps stores (though I suppose they can, but limited ones) and are meant to push and work around preset services, in this case MS live stuff, and whatever verizon has going. That's it.

There is no reason to have or share compatibility with WP7. You probably won't see or get a pink phone SDK to code apps for, that isn't the target or the goal.

GP007 said,

Who said they're running a version of Windows Mobile? This isn't a issue. They're probably running a tweaked ZuneHD OS at the core with a few of the social aspects and phone bits backported from WP7.

Um, the ZuneHD OS is a variant of WM6, there is no ZuneHD OS. (Go look up WinCE)

I would think its pretty obvious why these new phones won't have WP7 on them... This way they can be put on sale faster and not have to wait for the launch of WP7..

statm1 said,
I would think its pretty obvious why these new phones won't have WP7 on them... This way they can be put on sale faster and not have to wait for the launch of WP7..

Same reason it wasn't Courier. WP7 isn't finished, and will no doubt be the basis of Courier's OS.

So Microsoft is dumping the Danger/Sidekick OS and putting out new sidekicks with Winmo installed? Nice. T-Mobile doesn't need sidekicks anymore now with the Android phones being their flagship phones and all.

XDViPeR said,
So Microsoft is dumping the Danger/Sidekick OS and putting out new sidekicks with Winmo installed? Nice. T-Mobile doesn't need sidekicks anymore now with the Android phones being their flagship phones and all.

There are still quite many people who are attached to the Sidekick OS, and would still like phones with it, for nostalgic reasons or whatever. Also, many people really like the Sidekick form factor. Not everyone is a fan of Android OS.

I seriously hope T-Mobile will get one of the Pink phones.

Dead'Soul said,
maybe project pink phones does not meet WP7 requirements

It's like the Windows 7 starter edition to the Windows 7 Ultimate.. It doesn't meet the requirements, and nobody buys it.
I'm interested to see what the phones look like

Jebadiah said,
It feels like the Courier will never see the light of day.

I have a feeling it might land by the end of the year..