Few can argue that the success of the iPhone hasn’t had a sweeping impact on the mobile landscape. After all, how many devices out today now offer downloadable applications, touchscreens and app stores? As the power behind Windows Mobile, Microsoft has been in Apple’s crosshairs since the iPhone debuted. But at long last, one company executive says Redmond will have its chance to “redress the balance.” Codeguru takes a look at his comments.
A Microsoft executive reportedly told a U.K. audience that the next major revision of the company’s smartphone software, Windows Mobile 7, will be out this time next year.
The revelation came during a Q&A at the Connect! Technology summit in London in early December, according to several published reports, including one by Mobile News.
“When Apple came on to the scene a couple of years ago, it threw away the rulebook and reinvented it,” Phil Moore, Microsoft’s U.K. head of mobility, was quoted as having told the audience, complimenting Apple’s development of a phone that was “very iconic … with a very good user interface.”
Windows Mobile 7 aims to “redress the balance,” he added. However, it will take time to deliver, with Moore saying that the OS has been pushed back until late in 2010.