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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by vodoomoth on Tue 22nd Jun 2010 15:31 UTC
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The first thing that came to my mind, even before reading the first sentence entirely was: "why does Microsoft need so many variations over its phone OS?"

"Over its" is intentional as I think they should have only one such OS, concentrate on it and make it the best the myriads of minds working there can come up with.

Anyone remembers the number of Vista editions? I had a major frustration this week-end when I discovered that even the Home Premium edition won't let me add a user to the boinc_users group because the plugin that would have allowed me to do so "cannot start on this edition of windows". Dumb restrictions!

Apparently, simple things take longer to reach a brain when the individual is named "Microsoft".

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