Microsoft demos Windows Phone OS (Windows Mobile 6.5); promises ‘multi-touch’ for next version

“At a recent Microsoft event the INQ was given an exclusive walkthrough of the final version of the new Windows Phone operating system, running on a touch screen HTC Touch Diamond2,” Rob Kerr reports for The Inquirer. Here is “a video of that demonstration of the final version of the Windows Phone OS, which was previously known as Windows Mobile 6.5 [unofficially due for October release].”

Direct link to video via Blip.tv here.

Kerr reports, “The Market Place for Windows Phone is also demonstrated. This is the online software application repository for the Windows Phone, which is much like Apple’s iTunes App Store on the iPhone… Also appearing for the first time here on the INQ are the new My Phone [à la MobileMe] synchronisation features of the Windows Phone OS, with which the mobile’s contents can all be backed-up to the cloud via a Windows Live account.”

Kerr reports, “Still missing from Windows Phone is the multi touch ‘pinch to zoom in and out’ ability of the Iphone, which is not due to appear until the next Windows Phone OS release.”

Full article here.

[Attribution: Electronista. Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]

57 Comments

  1. If you pay attention to the video, the OS tries to mimic the iPhone OS in several ways but with awful interface flaws. About the 2 minutes, Instead of clicking in one menu, you have to carefully align it to the central part of the screen!!! Incredible… About minute 2:40, you can see that icons are scrolled vertically instead of horizontally (typical unbrained disguise fine tune of microsoft copycats) but the motin is not near the fluidity of the iphone OS.

  2. But can current Windows Mobile phones be upgraded to this future version. Probably not in many cases.

    Also, there will have to be many different builds of this OS, because there are dozens of hardware configs, with varying CPU performance, user interface methods, RAM, screen sizes, etc. The video guy says there are 155 configurations they need to support.

    Apple’s iPhone “platform” has so many advantages over the competition, it is almost unfair.

  3. Another example of a finely-crafted MS interface. I’d rather watch my dog take a crap rather than having to look at this interface all day on my phone.

  4. that sums it all up of Windows, whatever flavour, right there at 3″40, when he shows the myPhone screen – “It’s not very pretty, it doesn’t need to look pretty”

    More of the same from Microsoft then.

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