Beating Windows Mobile to Death. Stop Already

November 18, 2009

Windows Mobile 6.5 keeps popping up in my mobile search RSS newsreader. Enough. I looked at Windows Mobile with each release. The system gets better with each version, but the folks at Apple pulled a leap frog trick. Android then went with the open source angle. With Apple and Google busy working to out gun one another, the Nokias, the RIMs, the Palms, and the Windows Mobiles of the world have been falling behind.

If you want a run down of why Windows Mobile is faced with a sticky wicket, read “How Microsoft Blew It with Windows Mobile.” For me the analysis is more significant than the fact that Microsoft is behind in a key market sector. Mr. Brian X. Chen wrote:

Leaks indicate Microsoft plans to incorporate iPhone-like touch gestures. Windows Mobile 7 is scheduled for a 2010 release.

That’s the story in a nutshell. Me-too is not enough. Windows Mobile has failed to play the leap frog game. As a result the company watches from the sidelines. Marketing assurances are no longer magnetic. The game is not over, but Microsoft must play leap frog. And what about mobile search? Same story.

Stephen Arnold, November 18, 2009

Dear National Park Service, I know one can play leap frog in these natural wonders. However, I must report that I was not paid to write about leap frog in this article.


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