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 Moochman on Sun 20th Jun 2010 22:14 UTC in reply to "OT"
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You're right, it is a clusterf--k. Consider: Windows Embedded Compact supports ARM and x86. But on x86 it competes with *real* Windows, and since there's not very many apps targeted at it and hardly any built-in functionality, it's obvious which choice consumers will prefer. Sure, it could be a nice base platform for ARM that OEMs can customize--but if the OEM is going to go to all that effort it seems silly not to just start with something like MeeGo or Android instead, both of which have more functionality built in and more apps available. So yeah, Microsoft is throwing stuff at the wall to see what will stick (they do have enough money floating around after all), but it seems pretty obvious to me that Windows Embedded Compact will not.

On the other hand Windows Embedded Standard is an OS with a point. According to Wikipedia, the 2011 version will have a Vista/7 base replete with Aero and all the .NET magic, and yet come in at just 400MB. That's really what should be getting installed on netbooks, and I suspect the reason it's not is largely a matter of marketing. Message to MS: Scrap the Windows 7 Starter crap and rename WES2011 "Windows 7 Lite" or "Windows 7 Custom" or something. I garantee it will be a success in no time.

Edited 2010-06-20 22:18 UTC

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by Moochman on Sun 20th Jun 2010 22:19 in reply to "RE: OT"
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WTF, why did the GP get to say "clusterf--k" properly but not me??? f--king censorship.

EDIT: Apparently it only censors if you edit after posting. Keep that in mind next time you want to get explicit I guess...

Edited 2010-06-20 22:21 UTC

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