More Windows Mobile 7 details leak?

As the time gets closer to Mobile World Congress and the inevitable launch of Windows Mobile 7; details are again leaking out about what the updated platform might entail.  There is a long list of supposed features leaked with regards to the upcoming platform which are posted below courtesy of PPCGeeks.com

  • The User Interface is based upon codename “METRO”. It will be very similar to the Zune HD User Interface with a complete revamp of the “Start” screen. The UI is “Very Clean”, “Soulful” and “Alive”
  • Unfortunately there will be no Flash support at the get go as there was not enough time to implement these features.
  • Windows Phone 7 will only support application installation through service based delivery. (i.e Marketplace). Application installation via storage card will not be possible.
  • No Multi-Task support. Applications will “Pause” when in the background, however will support notifications via push notifications.
  • Marketplace will now support “try before you buy” as well as an API
  • No NETCF backwards compatibility. This means the original rumor of no backward compatibility for applications holds to be true. That being said, there are high hopes of porting the NetCF to the newer platform easily.
  • Microsoft is confident that devices will be ready by September 2010
  • Full Zune Integration
  • Windows Mobile Device Center will no longer be used. Zune software to take over syncing via PC.
  • OEM Interfaces will not be allowed to run on the device. Say goodbye to Sense UI / SPB Mobile Shell / Point UI / Infinity, etc, etc
  • Full XBOX Gaming Integration (Gamer tag, achievements, friends, avatars, merchandising, etc)
  • Full support for social networking


Of the rumors, the most brazen of the bunch is that the device will not support multi-tasking.  This seems a bit farfetched as this would put it at a disadvantage when compared to other platforms such as Android or Blackberry.

While the idea of only being able to install applications by means of a marketplace is nothing new, it seems backwards for Microsoft as the Windows Mobile platform has literally thousands of applications on the web at this very moment that it would be forced to aggregate under one roof, provided that backwards compatibility is truly nixed from the OS.

The rumor list is exactly that, while some of the items seem a little more farfetched than others, if true, this would make Microsoft’s OS compete on the same level as Apple’s.  Although, if history has proven anything, Microsoft will not lock down its platform as tightly as Apple has done with its product. 

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Can you listen to music while browsing the web? Look up an address or phone number or directions while talking to someone on the phone? Well.. why not..

Multitasking, no restrictions on what apps I can install and the ability to customize anything were the main reasons I bought a WinMo phone instead of an Iphone. If these rumors are true, no more upgrades for me, I'll just stick with the phone I have now until it fails and/or move on whatever gives me the same functionality.


Zer0day said,
WM is an excellent OS (apart from the lack of touch friendlyness). I really hope they don't remove multitasking, that would kill the OS for sure. Even though I'm an Android user, I enjoyed using WM on my previous phone.

I've been using WinMo for 5 years and the "lack of touch friendlyness" as you put it would suggest to me you haven't tried 6.5? It's very touch friendly, OK it's not in the iPhone amount but a hell of a lot more than you would accept from a business phone

cerealfreak said,

I've been using WinMo for 5 years and the "lack of touch friendlyness" as you put it would suggest to me you haven't tried 6.5? It's very touch friendly, OK it's not in the iPhone amount but a hell of a lot more than you would accept from a business phone


You're right, I haven't I'm sure there have been improvements but HP refused to update the software on my WM PDA and then I moved to Android, so I never got the chance to use it.

Primary input method in Windows Mobile 7 is VOICE.

Yes. This is the change that is going to make Windows Mobile 7 different from other smart phones. To accomplish this Microsoft is using Tellme (http://www.tellme.com).

Would make sens as Microsoft has bought Tellme a few years ago. Not sure about the efficiency of their voice recognition technology though :

You'd be tempted to ask the question "Why ?". If they tell me that it would allow me to control my phone without having to look at it, then it's BS. In the videos at the Tellme web site, they're showing scenarios where people are using Tellme to make searchs on the web and sending sms. Really ? Are they serious ? I don't know but just the fact that I tend to use my phone in public areas with a lot of noise kills the entire idea. Unless they have a really strong piece of technology in there, but I doubt that.

E.Fahd said,
Would make sens as Microsoft has bought Tellme a few years ago. Not sure about the efficiency of their voice recognition technology though :

You'd be tempted to ask the question "Why ?". If they tell me that it would allow me to control my phone without having to look at it, then it's BS. In the videos at the Tellme web site, they're showing scenarios where people are using Tellme to make searchs on the web and sending sms. Really ? Are they serious ? I don't know but just the fact that I tend to use my phone in public areas with a lot of noise kills the entire idea. Unless they have a really strong piece of technology in there, but I doubt that.

Despite the arguments of voice advocates, I don't think voice is a very natural way to control devices. Talking to a consumer device always feels distant.

brianshapiro said,

Despite the arguments of voice advocates, I don't think voice is a very natural way to control devices. Talking to a consumer device always feels distant.

I think this is because it 1) hasn't been done all that successfully just yet, and 2) it isn't yet mainstream. Until more devices use voice input it's going to feel weird... For a phone though I can see this being pretty useful at times. But some Bluetooth headsets have voice activated dialing anyway, so that should pretty much meet the needs of most...

M_Lyons10 said,

I think this is because it 1) hasn't been done all that successfully just yet, and 2) it isn't yet mainstream. Until more devices use voice input it's going to feel weird... For a phone though I can see this being pretty useful at times. But some Bluetooth headsets have voice activated dialing anyway, so that should pretty much meet the needs of most...

Well just consider voice command on computers to begin with. Is it easier and more natural to talk to your computer and say 'start microsoft word', or to just do two clicks to get to a microsoft word icon.

Voice command you're right would be useful for cases where you need hands-free control, I just never thought that Star Trek computers were a very realistic idea of what a good interface was. "Computer, zoom in." "Computer, zoom in more." Just give me a scroll wheel!

“Application installation via storage card will not be possible.”
No way.
I have a Windows Mobile based only because I can setup a third part program.
If this is true goodbye WinMo :(

joshua4net said,
“Application installation via storage card will not be possible.”
No way.
I have a Windows Mobile based only because I can setup a third part program.
If this is true goodbye WinMo :(

I agree. This is a very important feature of Windows Mobile... It would be foolish to restrict this...

Please let this be fake! Microsoft can have so much potential with a newly done WinMo release, but killing off it's main previous advantages, the openess and multitasking, would really kill it. That's what it made it most appealing all these years. Trying to compete on the iPhone league just won't work, because too many are still too charmed with Apple to try other alternatives that might seem like a 'copy' based on how well the Zune HD sales have been doing.

"It will be very similar to the Zune HD User Interface with a complete revamp of the “Start” screen." What a huge fail. The Zune HD interface is absolutely terrible.

I was waiting for specs of WinMo7 to come out before I decided on which smartphone to get. Looks like I don't have to wait anymore.

spacer said,
"It will be very similar to the Zune HD User Interface with a complete revamp of the “Start” screen." What a huge fail. The Zune HD interface is absolutely terrible.

I was waiting for specs of WinMo7 to come out before I decided on which smartphone to get. Looks like I don't have to wait anymore.

Well, as the article states, these are RUMORS... Nothing has been confirmed yet... So I think you'll have a little more waiting to do...

As for these rumors, I would be shocked if these proved true...

Locked applications is very bad, my next phone will be Android or WinMo 7 based depending if I can develop apps for my own use for it, and be able to download OSS apps such as putty.

smithy_dll said,
Locked applications is very bad, my next phone will be Android or WinMo 7 based depending if I can develop apps for my own use for it, and be able to download OSS apps such as putty.

I'm with you. I can't see Microsoft having such a blatant disregard for developers. Hey, Balmer! Developers, developers, developers... make homebrew stuff for their phones!

>>no Flash support
Fail
>>Application installation via storage card will not be possible
Fail
>>No Multi-Task support
Fail
>>OEM Interfaces will not be allowed to run on the device
Fail.
>>Zune software to take over syncing via PC.
M$ re-invented iPhone? Epic fail...

I believe with the no multitasking issue they mean that applications that do nothing by running in the background, like Maps, Word, Address book, etc. these will be 'paused' meaning their status will be saved and they will not consume memory or processor (or battery). This makes sense because these applications serve no purpose if you are not looking at them. But applications such as email and messenger, that use push technology will run in background. As for flash, maybe it doesn't have it now in the betas, but it will have it. We all know Adobe is slow to deliver new versions.

•Windows Phone 7 will only support application installation through service based delivery. (i.e Marketplace). Application installation via storage card will not be possible.

Wow, that sounds horrible. If true, I will not be getting a windows phone when it comes time to replace my Blackjack II (a phone I love because of this ability). I've cooked up things in Visual Studio that I use on my phone and use some other homebrew apps I've found online. I'd rather recode them for Android than loose them when I want to upgrade.

Clueless...

The information here is clueless at best. For example, you could take the notes above and say the same things about the Zune HD, as from the outside, it fits the casual description of the 'leaks'.

However it really doesn't.

The Zune HD multi-tasks rather well, and EVEN THOUGH there are APPS distributed through Zune/Live, it is STILL a WinCE device and you can load any application you want to port over to the Zune interface (i.e. virtual keyboard, touch APIs, etc.) Microsoft even gives out the Zune development versions of WinCE and XNA for people to create their own software for it.

However, if asked, most people would desribe the Zune HD as a non-multi-tasking device with a lock-in to the Zune Store for Applications...

The market/consumer myth on these things is freaking insane, as even most self proclain 'tech' experts would argue that the Zune HD is locked into the Apps from Zune and can't mullti-task and blah blah blah ignorant understanding, blah...

The second thing confused is these leaks are ABOUT A SPECIFIC DEVICE, not the Windows Mobile or the WinCE platform. It would be like seeing a new router running Win7 Embedded and going OMG, Windows 7 has no features. Geesh.

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