Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 24th Mar 2010 18:04 UTC
Windows So now that the hype machine has been filled with petrol and all fired up, running on all cylinders, what on earth is going to happen to Windows Mobile 6.5? The Next Best Thing has been announced and demoed extensively, the developer tools and emulator are out there, but devices aren't expected to ship until after the summer, probably around the holiday season. This means that Microsoft must still get phone makers to buy Windows Mobile 6.5.
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I Use & Like WinMo 6.5
by Pelly on Wed 24th Mar 2010 22:59 UTC
Pelly
Member since:
2005-07-07

Several monthe ago I upgraded to an AT&T Tilt 2 and love WinMo 6.5 and appreciate the work that went into it.

This is one in a long line of WinMo devices I've owned. As a sample, here are some: IBM WorkPad Z50, Cingular 8125, AT&T 8525, AT&T Tilt and now the Tilt 2.

I could have gotten either an iPhone or a Blackberry and a much better price but decided to stay with WinMo for several reasons:

1. Apple's iPhone Data Plan: Apple uses AT&T as an access point for the iPhone to get to the 'Net. Pointless and I don't appreciate that level of layering.
2. RIM's Data Plan: RIM uses AT&T as an access pont as well. Same reason for keeping away from layering to 'Net access.
3. If I want to go to the 'Net, I go. Straight ahead. No layered access issues.
4. Plenty of forums & tweaks out there for customization. XDA-Developers is a site I go to.
5. Great Third-Party apps out there. I'm not locked into Apple's App Store, etc. A great site for WinMo apps that have fantastic trials & demos is Spb Software. I have a few Spb S/W progs/apps on my Tilt 2 and they're great apps - never any problems. (Can't speak for RIM/Blackberry apps - no experience with them).

One of the things I've done is tried some of the home-grown ROMS for my various WinMo devices that I got at XDA-Developers. Even trying to do crazy things, I've never, 'bricked,' any of my WinMo devices. There always seems to be a way to recover a WinMo-based device if a ROM-Burn goes south. You may have to hunt for the right fix-it action, but it's been there for the times I got myself in trouble. Quite comforting.

My hopes are that MS supports WinMo 6.5 for quite some time. It's a well written OS and allows the user to customize the device beyond what's available through Mobile Marketplace, etc.

I do have some reservations about a future upgrade to WinMo 7. If the stories & articles are true about the lock-downs that may be in WinMo 7, I'll be staying with WinMo 6.5 for as long as I can.

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RE: I Use & Like WinMo 6.5
by TBPrince on Thu 25th Mar 2010 10:09 in reply to "I Use & Like WinMo 6.5"
TBPrince Member since:
2005-07-06

I agree.

Windows Mobile followed path of Windows desktop and was designed with that path on mind. That would mean:

* do their best to support basically any kind of device which could be produced by phone makers;

* let user be free. No AppsStore: use what you want, from commercial software to home-grown one;

* let developers be free to do what they want: users will judge their job.

* only provide a basic OS: phone makers and even users will provide an extra layer for extra functionalities. Sbp software is a great example about that (I also run SBPShell on my Omnia phone upgraded to WM6.5 ;-) Xda-developers and Modaco forums are great!)

They now found out that business model is great for business market but, incredibly, it was TOO MUCH for consumers. Yeah, I really mean it.

If you look, Windows Phone is four steps behind "old" WM concept, that is :

* locked environment: Apps from AppStore only, no SD card, no native code, no m/t;

* fewer designs: competition only runs a few design (like Apple, for example) which should they be able to run ANY phone design ? That's a step behind, not forward.

* tighter control over platform: they claim it was for performance reasons but actually it was for money reasons.

* they won't rely on 3rd parties to provide enhancements to platform anymore: they will evolve the platform and 3rd parties will be able to "hook" into it.

They simple got aware they could switch to a different business model which meant less for users but more money for them. If competition does that and they make money, why should they provide a better design and be accused to live in the past ?

I repeat what I said: I'm with WM since 2003 but there won't be a Windows Phone in my future, the same way there won't be an iPhone.

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