Windows Mobile 7 To Focus On Touch and Motion Gestures

Microsoft is currently developing Windows Mobile 7, the first revolutionary change to its mobile device operating system. Recently, I was given a document by a source inside Microsoft that details the touch and gesture plans for Mobile 7. This document is a confidential internal use only document, used to explain the plans for Mobile 7, and contains well over a hundred pages of designs, ideas, and changes to the way we interact with our mobile devices. Below, you’ll find over 3,000 words detailing my notes from the document. I can’t publish the document here, at least not until after the product is announced, to protect my sources. I will provide the document to trusted journalists in order to share and show proof of this information. If there is anything I leave out, please don’t hesitate to ask and I will try to provide a screenshot or answer.

The document appears to be from the past summer, and some of the details may change before the product is announced. However, the touch and gesture plans appear to be set in stone, and will be the focus of Windows Mobile 7.

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I am so psyched with these screen shots... I cannot wait for some real accessability to demos and leaked roms... I want to play with it so bad

nice interface... (seeing my htc win mobile 6 :redface: ).... any way now atleast pointUI helps me.. :-)

Windows seven & windows mobile seven gonna rock for sure!! :-)

It looks real sweet. The current interface is really disappointing when trying to use it with a finger, which I do sometimes when I feel lazy.

told ya iphone copy. I bet it has multi touch and fast scrolling technique and all of it. Look at the new email keybaord display

Gates got no more ideas thats why he is stepping down. In fact he should have done that after xp sp2 I reckon

swandike said,
told ya iphone copy. I bet it has multi touch and fast scrolling technique and all of it. Look at the new email keybaord display

Gates got no more ideas thats why he is stepping down. In fact he should have done that after xp sp2 I reckon

I think Microsoft can copy every idea they can while it is legal to improve their products... At the end everybody is doing this :cool:
Microsoft can copy the whole iPhone, I don't care, the thing is, as a customer I want their products improved

swandike said,
told ya iphone copy. I bet it has multi touch and fast scrolling technique and all of it. Look at the new email keybaord display

Gates got no more ideas thats why he is stepping down. In fact he should have done that after xp sp2 I reckon

But we are talking Windows Mobile now, so let's get back to our game. In a nutshell, Windows Mobile 7 will bring to smart devices some much expected revolutionary features such as full touch-based navigation and motion gestures control. And for that WinMo devices won't rely on accelerometers, but instead they will use their front facing cameras to detect movement. You can shake or twist to get the phone doing things.

Can iPhone do this too?

swandike said,
told ya iphone copy. I bet it has multi touch and fast scrolling technique and all of it. Look at the new email keybaord display

Gates got no more ideas thats why he is stepping down. In fact he should have done that after xp sp2 I reckon

Erm.. enlighten me how this looks like the iphone? other than the keyboard, i don't see any similarities

no offence, but who cares who copied who! get over it!

people and companies have copied ideas for years and years, its called advancing. If technology improves by people taking a previous good idea and evolving it, then great stuff.

If no one copied someone elses ideas, we wouldn't be where we are now with technology.

If bill gates copying jobs doesnt bother you, Gates cares if Open source guys emulates his stuff.

What we all want is genuity but once that cant be achieved, people should just shut up when they spot something of theirs being used in another mans platform.

=====>>>>>>>>Point finger to Gates and his lawyers

Whilst I dont give praise to the iphone for being "revolutionary" or bringing anything new to the table, I do praise its introduction for heralding a new race in Windows Mobile useability and interfacing; through 3rd party apps (god bless WM) and what Microsoft will come back with in the future.

Lets not kid ourselves WM has been targeted solely for Business users for almost a decade now, its unfortunate that Microsoft simply didnt acknowledge the rapid price drops in PDA and PDA Mobiles combined with their MASSIVE feature sets. The result is you have a powerful mobile device that would appeal to consumers but simply doesnt have the interface, so much so that disappointingly HTC were left to lead the charge with a more touch based front to the whole thing.

I think now its finally clicked for Microsoft that hey:
1. We still have the Business market, few support the iphone for business use particularly over WM (at the moment)
2. We have a feature rich platform to use with devices now packing everything all in one from VGA to GPS to video out to universal connectivity.
3. The devices are damn affordable and competitively priced now (bless cheap electronics and Asian labour)
4. iPhone and the HTC touch have proven ppl love touch based devices, lets build on this and take a run at the consumer market.
5. Let's do this in conjunction with our partners whom we all reap the rewards from. Let's work with Hardware vendors, WinMo suppliers and 3rd party software developers to promote and advertise these bad boys. Lets generate some buzz and importantly educate people on the features and power of this technology.

Regardless of whether this article or these pictures are anywhere on the road to Windows Mobile 7, theres a few items which should *Must* be predictable inclusions to the WinMo 7 O/S:
1. A rich eyecandy based UI that will appeal to Consumers.

2. Expanded Business apps possibly Office suites capable of creating and descently editing docs/presentations due to larger displays and VGA screens now - to appeal to business. Likely to see improved PIM as well which will likely cut across some of the feature sets of popular information apps such as Pocket breeze or AgendaFusion. This ones a necessity. Whilst we all like 3rd party WinMo apps, MS, if theres not a Revamped PIM system dont come to the table where business is concerned. Business users must have more options for how PIM info is displayed on these devices in particular on the homescreens.

3. Multitouch and heavily touch based interface. Benefits and appeals to everyone.

4. Heavy media features most likely based on a media centre-esque interface probably closely resembling how PMPs handle album art etc (hopefully even a little itouch like). WinMo devices have been capable of being PMPs for the six years i've used them, give us the eyecandy and feature rich interface to use them as such (hell id settle for a 3rd party person to do it...)

5. Bring back Wireless Syncing!!! surely its secure now?? You cannot promote "always connected" when I cannot do the most basic WinMo syncing via an excellent tech included on almost every Windows device now, WiFi.

...okay that one was hopeful but I contend you could bet money on the others based off commonsense and the article regardless of whether its a mock up or not

iMonkey said,
I think that s/he's trying to insinuate that it will be the Vista debacle all over again.

Or trying to start another OS argument, like you are with the "debacle" comment.

macf13nd said,
link broken, unfortunately. i was interested...

The link works ok for me. Maybe it was just busy when you tried it?

david13lt said,
And this all started after iPhone... You could say that it is not, but still it is.

because the iPhone was the first to do what exactly?

david13lt said,
And this all started after iPhone... You could say that it is not, but still it is.

Microsoft has been working on surface and touch computing for years... Michael Bey's "The Island" has a Surface Computing prototype in it and don't forget Tablet PC.

Actually, WM7 (AKA Photon) Was first shown in 2005 (December during Mobius) with a large focus on usability. If it was shown in 2005, that means it was in development even before that. That's long before the iPhone was even announced.

I wouldn't really say that. I would say however it has caused MS to move a little quicker getting this technology to the public.