22 thoughts on “Microsoft Mobile's Worst Week Ever”

  1. Apparently all the smart people quit Microsoft long ago. Oh wait there is still one smart guy there named Bill Tutt last time I looked.

  2. I think the exceptions from Google is too high! Wave? Android? Apps? lots of products to improve / fix and nothing is being actually done.

    As apps customer Google has to improve lots of issues, and this product is far from MS exchange! I regret that I left exchange, but I did it not because of the product but due to the MS local rep.

    I’m not big fun of MS either, but WM6.5 is very mature product and that not so bed.

    Isaac / ISRAEL

    1. Issac

      Sure you are right about high expectations from Google, but in this one case (Android), there is just way too much momentum in the market. I think what we are seeing is people looking for anything to compete with the iPhone which has changed the expectations from the handset which are all around mobile Internet. From that perspective, 6.5 lags. I think that is a big issue right now for Microsoft.

  3. After thinking about it; I honestly think 6.5 _was_ Windows Mobile 7 and then after seeing how far behind the curve they were, the decision was made to rebrand 7 to 6.5 and start over.

    This really starts to make sense when you look at the complete lack of developer information on Windows Mobile 7. The upcoming Microsoft PDC (professional developer conference) has no sessions dedicated to Windows Mobile. In my opinion, this points to a product still early in its development cycle (or Microsoft has forgotten that developers are what put Windows on the map).

    At this point, it is pretty much a total disaster. One possibility for moving forward would be for Microsoft to merge their platforms. Use the Win 7 kernel to create a new mobile OS and ditch the ancient WinCE core.

  4. I use Windows Mobile and I am frustrated with it. The only reason I use it is because of my need to use a remote control app on it to control some Windows machines from anywhere on the go. However sometimes I think the OS is a piece of junk. Sometimes the phone just freezes solid with an incoming call and I have to cold reboot it.

    The OS hasn’t changed for YEARS. What’s going up with that division at Microsoft? Why can’t they dip into the cash pile, hire some decent programmers, architects and designers. Give everyone in the division an iPhone and have them learn something about good user usability and experience on a mobile device.

    It seems Windows Mobile is becoming irrelevant to Microsoft. They are so focused on trying to keep up with Google. Well Google has Android. What do you say about that Microsoft.. do you have something lined up against Android? The iPhone, Android, RIM and Nokia are eating you alive.

  5. Just another thing Apple can make of M$ with….Ms really needs to fix there mobile department. Seems like Ms can’t have good products all around. They made Win7 awesome but failed winmo6.5…Vista was bad, but winmo 6.1 was really nice improvement…They need balance.

  6. What I don’t understand about Hitachi “upgrading” the SAN is why can’t MSFT with its $20B in profit just buy another SAN and then copy the data over?

    1. My guess would be power and aircon constraints in the location they wanted the new SAN to go (i.e., where the old one was). Last I was there, Microsoft was throwing up buildings as fast as they could get them built, but there were still an awful lot of folks in spaces that they’d (often comically) outgrown. If “grow or die” is the imperative of life, then there’s a whole lot of BUs that are having problems growing as they should… regardless of your opinion on whether the ones that are growing, should be.

  7. A good friend gave me a WinMo 6.5 phone (a Samsung Omnia II) after I’d dissed my Motorola RAZR2 V9 once too many times (quite decent voice phone, quite good-enough media experience, horrendous texting; guess what I use a phone for most?)

    After two months of often heroic battle against the Samsung, which delighted with Samsung’s own UI but then unceremoniously dumped you into the Windows 3.1-era interface of the underlying CE, I’m back on the Moto. The Omnia II has just brilliant hardware, rendered absolutely useless by the main software. Don’t, and I mean, DO NOT attempt to use the Web browser on any site requiring more than HTML 3.2 (circa 1997). Calling the SMS interface ‘pathetic’ would be praising it far beyond its due: while I have no idea what substances the V9 writers were consuming when the ITAP word completion feature was written, the end result is less painful than on the Omnia – which would sometimes use Samsung’s own (decent) SMS software, but too often fall through the cracks unpredictably into WinMo-land.

    I was at Redmond when some early versions of Windows CE were being shoved out the door. I’m not surprised they changed the name to Windows Mobile; WinCE is all too accurate a description of the user experience, then and now. However, truth-in-advertising laws should require the products rechristening as “Windows, Immobile.”

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