Rumor: Possible Windows Mobile roadmap

Windows 7 RC details came first, then we had Motorola CEO stating that Windows Mobile 7 will not be ready until 2010. And now we have Mary-Jo Foley predicting the possible Windows Mobile roadmap. Even though Windows Mobile officials refuse to talk about specific shipping dates, Foley has managed to get some details from her sources at Microsoft.

According to Foley, below is the roadmap:

  • Windows Mobile 6.5 RTM (release to manufacturing): April 2009
  • First Windows Mobile 6.5 devices from cell phone makers: September 2009
  • Windows Mobile 7.0 release to testers: November 2009
  • First Windows Mobile 7.0 devices from cell phone makers: April 2010

Microsoft hasn't yet even officially announced Windows Mobile 6.5, but this OS update is most likely be announced at Mobile World Congress in a couple weeks. Not to forget that Microsoft has also been working on products codenamed SkyBox, SkyLine and SkyMarket, which we revealed as the answer to Apple's MobileMe . The final offerings are likely to be named under the Windows Live branding.

In the meantime, you can keep guessing the dates or enjoy the (leaked) Windows Mobile 6.5 screenshots

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WM7 needs speed optimizations. And a lot of them.

What can pretty much be assumed about a WM Smartphone? That it's slow, compared to the competition. Work on that, then UI updates (ease-of-use, taskbar, a more convenient way to actually close apps), then the bling bling, and we'll see. Sure, blame the providers with inferior hardware all you want, but in that case MS should set higher minimum requirements like they did with Vista for a "certified" status. Because it just isn't pretty; WM is gaining a pretty bad rep these days.

Winmo 6.5 has to atleast keep up with current mobile platforms. If it fails i can see it already loosing market share.