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Windows Phone 7 Not Backwards Compatible

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  1. TBO

    TBO Why so serious? CLM

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    Windows Phone 7 Not Backwards Compatible
    By Kevin Parrish, published on March 5, 2010 at 6:10 PM
    Source: Tom's Guide


    Not only will Windows 7 Phone require an entirely new device, it won't run previous Windows Mobile apps.

    Today, Microsoft's Partner Group Program Manager Charlie Kindel dropped a bomb on current Windows Mobile users in his latest blog, revealing that applications developed prior to Windows 7 Phone will not work on the new platform. He cited the company as wanting a clean break from the past, to move from "good" to "great."

    "To enable the fantastic user experiences you’ve seen in the Windows Phone 7 Series demos so far, we've had to break from the past," Kindel wrote in his blog. "To deliver what developers expect in the developer platform, we’ve had to change how phone apps were written." He added that Windows 7 Phone will support Silverlight and XNA.

    But that doesn't mean Microsoft is forgetting its current Windows Mobile-based consumers. "To be clear, we will continue to work with our partners to deliver new devices based on Windows Mobile 6.5 and will support those products for many years to come, so it’s not as though one line ends as soon as the other begins," he added.

    Kindel isn't kidding when he refers to a "clean break." Apparently Windows 7 Phone will require meatier hardware than what's currently running Windows Mobile 6.5. This means that Windows Mobile 6.x users won't be able to upgrade to Windows 7 Phone on the software front when the OS launches later this year. Instead, users will be required to trade up for a newer, qualified device.

    "Because we have very specific requirements for Windows Phone 7 Series the current phones we have right now will not be upgradable," Natasha Kwan, General Manager for Microsoft’s Mobile Communications Business in the Asia-Pacific region, told APC Monday.

    Sounds like Vista all over again.
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    Anybody looking for another reason to dump Microsoft, like anybody NEEDED one, here it is.

    The Linux option has gotten easier every month, the price is right, security is better, and fighting the same darn spyware and virus attacks is BORING after a few years.

    When Billy sold off a few billion euros worth of stock I figured they'd stopped milking the cow and started bleeding it dry, and maintaining stock value long enough to cash out is the only business goal they have left.

    What's the POINT when you're a billionare? Heck, it'd take 40 years to learn how to ENJOY it. I think billy ought to sell Microsoft to China, buy Leichenstein, and have himself crowned king. Honest to goodness legal King.

    And Obama would have to call him 'Your Highness' .. :)
     
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  3. TBO

    TBO Why so serious? CLM

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    I am leery because of Microsoft's history, but in fact I do believe they need a major leap forward from Mobile 6.1.

    Mobile 6+ may be okay for Business orientated uses (like myself), as it flawlessly works with MS Exchange server/Outlook, Word, Excel, etc, but Smartphones have become the domain of the Personal User in very short order.

    For that, MS needs to leap forward. Mobile 6.1 really doesn't offer much for the Personal User compared to the competition.

    MS will either step up, or give us Vista Mobile....