No shock here, but as the closer we get to Mobile World Congress next month, the more news is leaking out.
Unfortunately, it's still just crumbs from a a giant, delicious Microsoft cake. Perhaps someday we'll see what that cake is and tastes like. Until then...enjoy these bits:
Stephen Chapman of Microsoft Kitchen (msftkitchen.com) has been finding all sorts of morsels. For one, Windows Phone 7 will be featured and discussed at Energize IT 2010, a conference for developers. Its focus will be "...the client to the cloud, this fun-filled demo-intensive exploration will excite you about the possibilities of the Microsoft-based platform". Sounds right in line with this whole "three screens", mobile and cloud computing system that Microsoft has been slowly edging too. Looks like it will all be pieced together during that conference.
Likewise, he also managed to get his hands on a Chinese Office 2010 .pdf. On one slide, he found the same image reported earlier, mentioning a Spring release-to-manufactures (RTM) deadline. The interesting part? The document is dated December 11, 2009. Guess those "it's delayed again" headlines were a little premature?
In addition, WMPU has a clip up from Fox News where Microsoft's CFO says what we've been hearing for awhile, that they (Microsoft) will have more say on Windows Mobile 7 in February at Mobile World Congress. So yeah, confirmation of what we already expected.
Finally, Eldar Murtazin of mobile-review.com, aka the person who everyone keeps citing, even though his info keeps turning out to be off-the-mark, has scribbled some info on his Live Journal. In fairness, in this post he's citing Evgeny Pavlov, product manager HTC Russia via Twitter, and even Eldar seems a bit skeptical. Evidently, Mr. Pavlov was twittering some of the minimum specs of Seven. We won't quote the specs, because it doesn't even make much sense.
But what we want to do is nip this in the bud: the image to the right is not a screen shot of Windows Phone 7. Eldar received this from either Mr. Pavlov or someone at HTC. So please don't pass it around speculating. We have run it by our folks in-the-know and, to quote "Looks like a pretty skin - almost like an iPhone? Not anything like what I have." Of course, you've already figured that out, right savvy readers?
Of course, you are encouraged to doubt our info as well, like the good skeptics you are ;-) Lets hold off till something more definitive, eh?