Windows Mobile 7 to skip Mobile World Congress?

Microsoft may unveil Windows Mobile 6.6 at this year’s Mobile World Congress, dashing hopes of a Windows Mobile 7 release.

Windows Mobile 7 to skip Mobile World Congress?

Microsoft has lost significant ground to the iPhone and Android in the smartphone market, with Windows Mobile 6.5 failing to move critics.

The company has long maintained that it will strike back with Windows Mobile 7, and recent comments by Robbie Bach, president of Microsoft’s Entertainment and Devices Division, indicated the mobile OS could debut at MWC in February.

However, reports suggest that Microsoft will unveil Windows Mobile 6.6 at the smartphone showcase – an update to version 6.5 of the OS, featuring optimisations for capacitive screens and support for multitouch.

While the changes would be welcome, they may not be enough to stem the tide. Even Steve Ballmer has admitted that Windows Mobile 6.5 “wasn’t the full release we wanted”.

Early roadmaps suggested Windows Mobile 7 would be released in late 2010, but Steve Ballmer made no mention of the software during his CES keynote.

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