According to DigiTimes sources – which can’t always be trusted might we add – Microsoft is adopting a dual strategy pitting two different offerings to challenge Android and the iPhone. Windows Mobile 6.5 will compete against Android while Windows Mobile 7 (when it launches in Q4 2009) will attempt to slay the iPhone.
Microsoft plans to adopt a dual platform strategy to promote its Windows Mobile OS (operating system) so as to take aims at both Android- and iPhone-based platforms, according to sources at Taiwan handset makers.
Microsoft is expected to officially launch Windows Mobile 6.5 on October 1, 2009 and add an upgrade version with a touch interface in February 2010, the sources indicated citing Microsoft roadmap.
Microsoft will not phase out Windows Mobile 6.5 from the market but will lower the OS price, when it launches Windows Mobile 7 scheduled in the fourth quarter of 2010, the sources added.
The dual-platform strategy will allow Microsoft to compete with Android-based platform using Windows Mobile 6.5 and also compete with iPhones leveraging Windows Mobile 7, the sources asserted.
What a slap in the face. Like really… are you kidding me? Do you not understand how awesome Android is going to be come the holiday season? How much more awesome will it be by the time Windows Toilet 7 launches during holidays 2010?
This is only a rumor – supposedly from handset makers – but I can see it being true. Microsoft has such a warped sense of reality in terms of their power and the success of Google that they’re simply in denial. They had better wake up. When is the last time anybody said anything good about Windows Mobile? How about Android?
Whenever you hear of an awesome new phone with Windows Mobile the general reply by general tech loving public is, “Unfortunately it runs Windows Mobile and not Android.” Yeah Microsoft… smart thinking… Apple is the one you really need to worry about since Apple is trying so hard to get their OS on HTC, Samsung, Sony Ericsson and other devices instead of Windows Mobile.
Now all we need is a Microsoft Windows Mobile blue screen of death. Total fail.