WM7 already in Beta + Various Feature Combos Confirmed?
UX Evangelist today is suggesting that Windows Mobile 7 already is in Beta and in fact, will be revealed in November at PDC (Professional Developers Conference) 2009. Of course we're expecting Steve Ballmer to drop some info on WM7 at CES 2010, but that doesn't necessarily preclude something at PDC either.
On top of that, UXE has scoured LinkedIn to find any info on developers and what they've put on their resumes in regards to WM7-- it is quite the list with many technologies mentioned.
So can developers expect an actual beta in their hands of WM7 in November? Read on for the clues and grab that salt shaker--it's speculating time!
Beta Release in November?
UX Evangelist points to three bits of info to back up his claim about a November beta release for WM7:
- Microsoft has a history of not only announcing but releasing software at PDC -- so developers can expect to walk away with something like a beta.
- We've seen MS aim for a WM7 beta this year and even a November mention before to boot (see above image) -- same month as PDC 2009
- A LinkedIn profile of a Motorola employee states "Runtime Environment: Windows Mobile 7.0 (Beta)"
(Motorola has a close working relationship with MS we have been told from our own sources). UX Evangelist goes on to suggest that it will be announced on Day 1 or 2 in a keynote and then on the following days, working devices will be available for interaction.
Sounds plausible to us. If Microsoft is aiming for a release in 2010, you can bet WM7 is quite far in development and we suppose a November announcement could happen. Then again, maybe it will be all Windows 7 talk?
So what cool new things could WM7 bring to the table? That leads us to the next topic.
In a follow-up article, UX Evangelist laid out his results from a daunting task: he scoured over LinkedIn, looking up developer's profiles and seeing if he could find any mention of Windows Mobile 7. Guess what? He found a ton, which we'll shamelessly re-post below.
What do we learn from this amazing finding?
- Microsoft is serious about handwriting recognition
- WM7 will have compass & accelerometer support
- Texas Instruments (TI) & Qualcomm chipsets get support. TI's OMAP processors in particular, which are suppose to be great
- Something about AT&T's video calling service
- WM7 should "... rock on Motorola and Samsung devices"
- ActiveSync is still there and is not going away with Device Stage
Read below to see the actual tech-jargon and see if you folks can pick up any gems we've missed.
So what do you all think about these findings? Fire away in comments!
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