Friday Fun: A Windows Mobile flashback

With all the talk about Windows Phone 7 Series and where the whole Windows Phone experience is heading, we started reminiscing.  Remember the good old days when Pocket PC was new and innovative? We stumbled upon one of Microsoft's commercial/promotional videos on the mobile operating system that would eventually evolve into Windows Mobile.

The circa 2000 commercial touts innovative technology such as portable email, voice notes, pocket Outlook. State of the art hardware included a blazing fast 130mhz processor, 16-32mb of RAM and 65K color touch screens.

While these specs pale in comparison of the 1ghz Snapdragon processors and on-board memory measured by the gigabytes, this commercial gives you a feel of how far the industry has come in ten years.

Read: windowsphonethoughts.com

George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.

13 Comments
  • the hilarious part? the WM in this old commercial is STILL more functionally complete than the iPhone.
  • BWAH!!! iPhone: fail! Takes me back. I had an HP Jornada 54x back in the day. Great device at the time.
  • Memory measured in gigabytes?? where not quite there yet mate. as high as 32GB 10 years ago shows how slow the whole game has evolved imo.
  • It seems like you're taking things for granted, as if it should be no big deal that we have *handheld* devices now that are better than some/many *desktop* computers were at the time (or that we even have computers at all for that matter). Technological advancements don't just happen by someone snapping their fingers. Unless you actually know how to make things evolve faster, I'd say appreciate what we have instead of just criticizing other people's hard work. Of course, I'm not saying we should be complacent, just understanding. For example, I wouldn't call 16/18x the RAM in a thinner case over 10 years a slow pace. That's almost doubling it every 2 years while keeping it thin and lightweight as the consumers desire.
  • Your whole posts not only makes no sense but contradicts itself.
  • 32mb rather and we are talking ram here.
  • Great advancements but cmon- 10 years on and we're still haven't broken the 65k color ceiling?
  • There's no reason we can't, we just haven't bothered.
  • Actually, I think that's just a limitation in WM OS. I believe the AMOLED on the Omnia II is capable of 16M colors.
  • It had such a bright future, what happened MS. Where did you go wrong. Android rules, and is taking over its been real WM and iPhone.
  • I also had an HP Jornada 54x back in the day..And I think that's just a limitation in WM OS.
  • It seems like you're taking things for granted, as if it should be no big deal that we have *handheld* devices now that are better than some/many *desktop* computers were at the time (or that we even have computers at all for that matter). Technological advancements don't just happen by someone snapping their fingers. Unless you actually know how to make things evolve faster, I'd say appreciate what we have instead of just criticizing other people's hard work. Of course, I'm not saying we should be complacent, just understanding.
  • We stumbled upon one of Microsoft's commercial/promotional videos on the mobile operating system that would eventually evolve into Windows Mobile.