This is an absolutely stupid move by M$ and that's all I have to say on this matter absolutely idiotic, to just give market share away which is exactly what there doing.
@rapid1 I disagree with you. Microsoft has lost quite a lot of marketshare because they haven't kept up with other smartphone platforms. They needed to do something, and a complete re-write of Windows Mobile was the only way to accomplish this.
As they stated, devices running 6.5 will be out for quite some time, and who knows? Maybe someone will be able to write an emulation app (like there is on WebOS devices). With a 1GHz CPU as a minimum requirement, emulation should still allow WM 6.5 apps to run at a decent speed.
Microsoft accidentally admitted something here: Underneath, their mobile platforms are actually completely different architectures with little in common.
The "Windows" branding on these things is artificial labeling meant to make you associate these products that have no market share with the ubiquitous desktop software.
What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?
@3vi1: In all fairness, Windows Mobile is a descendant of the old Windows CE devices. The original WinCE H/PCs had an interface that looked virtually identical to Windows 95/98. Eventually they modified it to suit a portrait landscape (for Palm-size / Pocket PCs), and then eventually attached a cellular radio. As the software was fairly similar in terms of architecture to the original Windows CE devices, it only made sense to keep the "Windows" moniker.
I could understand it if you were referring to Windows Phone 7 (and yes, if this is the case then my statement above is a moot point). I would have called it Zune Phone / ZuneOS (or similar) since there's nothing really "Windows" about it. Honestly, given the bad rep that Windows Mobile has had, I think this actually would have been a really smart move on their part.
I agree Devhux with your Zune idea, that would be very smart. However; I still don't see how they would loose market share if the just upgraded it auto like Android does generally. You retain market share with devices already held, and you have new products that can be sold and advertised for more recognition, as well as keeping your existing base happy.
With this you have no choice but to buy a Win7 mobile device. That is great but there are quite a few competitive devices and platforms right now. So they could and most likely will just loose more market share using this method I think.
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