Microsoft rushes to release Windows Mobile 6.6 in February; Windows Mobile 7 delayed until 2011

January Clearance Blowout ends 1/14According to a DigiTimes report citing “industry sources,” Microsoft plans to launch Windows Mobile 6.6 in February 2010.

“Sales of Windows Mobile 6.5 have been flat since the platform was launched in the fourth quarter of 2009, pushing Microsoft to bring forward Windows Mobile 6.6, which supports capacitive touchscreens, the sources noted,” Daniel Shen and Steve Shen report for DigiTimes.

“However, Microsoft may now delay the launch of Windows Mobile 7 to 2011, instead of the end of 2010 as originally planned, the sources indicated,” Shen and Shen report.

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Gabriel B.” for the heads up.]

MacDailyNews Take: Why bother? It’s too late.


  1. “Why bother? It’s too late.”

    Its more than that – they never updated my three WinMob phone’s OS versions even once (don’t blame the carrier, MS could have done it), so why would I trust them to update this one? Updated to an iPhone last year and had a number of improvements already. So it will take many more years for MS to win my trust back.

  2. @ Rob

    > Microsoft will need some extra time to copy iPhone OS 4 features when it comes out.

    I don’t think that’s the reason for the delay; MS has plenty left to copy, even from iPhone OS 1.0. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  3. So Microsoft are late with a major release of WinMo and will, instead, issue a minor maintenance/feature release to “strengthen its competitiveness against iPhone- and Android-based platforms”.

    Firstly, that’s hardly a new strategy for Microsoft: “pre-announce, discover problem, delay” has been par for the course for many, many years.

    Secondly, strengthening WinMo’s competitiveness against anything (including cans connected with waxed string) is going to take more than adding support for capacitive touchscreens in an interim point release. Given that you can make WinMo freeze on some phones simply by opening and closing the clamshell/slider mechanism several times in a ten-second window (something I do people’s phones at parties, just for a giggle), I’d argue that the platform may have some more serious problems.

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