Linked by David Adams on Sun 20th Jun 2010 03:06 UTC, submitted by fran
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Microsoft has Windows Mobile 6.x (on the way out) Windows Phone 7, Windows Embedded Standard 7, Windows Embedded Compact 7 and then Windows 7 for tablet PCs and netbooks. What this bevy of systems is missing is a coherent answer for the tablet form factor. Windows Embedded Compact 7, which is the OS aimed at the mobile sector, isn't yet released, and when it is, it won't have a uniform UI, but will depend on hardware vendors to customize. It's an appealing strategy from the vendors point of view, I guess because they get to differentiate their products from their competitors, but it's not a recipe for success.
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MS attitude
by bert64 on Sun 20th Jun 2010 10:57 UTC
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If MS want to get anywhere in this market, they need to get out of the mindset of trying to force windows everywhere...

Windows is a desktop OS and was always designed that way, it makes a very poor server os and the interface is extremely poor for any device not controlled with a mouse and a keyboard.

Apple have the right idea, the iphone os shares a kernel with desktop osx (windows mobile doesn't share a kernel at all) but the interface is completely different and is actually designed for use with a touchscreen.

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