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    There's a number of amusing - from the non-Microsoft perspective, of course - reviews out on the Interwebs this week about something called Windows Mobile 6.5. The Macalope remembers - as I had not - that Windows Mobile 7 was supposed to completely pwn the iPhone when it was to be released this year. Instead, we got this "placeholder" release, and one could conclude (though I don't) that Windows Mobile is "doomed to failure."

    The Windows Mobile design team acknowledge themselves that the interface was designed in a rushed fashion and is not as complete as they would have liked. The App Store competitor, Windows Marketplace for Mobile, has all of 600 apps on it at this writing, with some apps free and some costing an inexplicable $19.99.

    John Herman at Gizmodo calls the new interface "half-assed, to put it kindly," saying "there's no excuse for this." The stopgap release is even more inexplicable in light of the news that Microsoft is slating the full release of Windows Mobile 7 for about six months from now. It's hard to see what they gain from having a half-done system out there.

    Underestimating Microsoft is a fool's game. They may not be quick or nimble, they tend to over-promise and under-deliver... but they learn from their mistakes and they are - above all - massive. What Microsoft does will have large and dramatic effects on the industry as a whole.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Windows Mobile 6.5 Released... Wait, What? started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 24 Comments
    1. ayaa's Avatar
      ayaa -
      erm
    1. Gregorio's Avatar
      Gregorio -
      looks pants..
    1. ultimatexpka's Avatar
      ultimatexpka -
      its funny how this site will discriminate microsoft and respect apple =D
    1. fleurya's Avatar
      fleurya -
      Love my iPhone, but in that one screenshot I see two things I wish the iPhone had: customizing the look and File Explorer.
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      Hmmm, when will someone port this over to the iPhone!!!
    1. angiepangie's Avatar
      angiepangie -
      Umm.. so why is a WinMo post on an Apple site?
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Quote Originally Posted by ultimatexpka View Post
      its funny how this site will discriminate microsoft and respect apple =D
      Not always, we dislike what Apple has done is that they claimed that "jailbreaking is illegal."
    1. angiepangie's Avatar
      angiepangie -
      Quote Originally Posted by awesomeiPod View Post
      Not always, we dislike what Apple has done is that they claimed that "jailbreaking is illegal."
      And we're all terrorist drug dealers!
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Quote Originally Posted by angiepangie View Post
      And we're all terrorist drug dealers!
      And that, too.
    1. e10100's Avatar
      e10100 -
      Agreed
    1. Blue's Avatar
      Blue -
      as a former wm user: it is not only ugly, its complicated and slow as hell!
      So thank god for you iphones, trust me !

      SO, do a jailbreak and you have your wallpapers and use "iFile", a wonderfull File explorer !
    1. eatdirt1's Avatar
      eatdirt1 -
      how would windows work on the iphone,is that like a replacement for the current software,or that would be like opening an app ?
    1. commandercool009's Avatar
      commandercool009 -
      i love how they have task manager as one of the programs ... bet that will come in handy when the apps start freezing "a la microsoft"
    1. atomicshockwave's Avatar
      atomicshockwave -
      The real reason apple is better (or worse depending on your point of view) is not that apple has some amazing new, never seen anything like it product.

      What apple does, is they only release what they know they have mastered, as is evident by there relatively small product line.

      Apple did not release a phone, until they knew they had a winner.

      Microsoft releases products, just to release products.

      Apple is AMAZING at marketing and brand building (yes this prob accounts for over 50% of all iPod sales)

      Microsoft puts out ads to do little more then defend itself.

      In my opinion, apple is only good as long as Steve Jobs is around.

      Most executives push for more and more because they feel thats what makes money. I know how it is on the development side, I'm a programer, and I know that no matter how many times you tell executives that the product is not ready, they will still go out and start selling it.

      So do I love apple? Am I an Apple fanboy? NO!!!!
      I love the genius and leadership that is Steve Jobs!

      Once he is gone, apple will fall to pieces just like they did before.

      But for now... I love my iPhone... (though android is looking GOOD!)
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      I had the HTC Touch original from Sprint and I remember the interface and how complicated it could be but it was fun. The iphone is just easier to learn. Most of these Mobile 6 platform phones have an mini sd cardslot that makes adding movies and songs easier than the iphone without all those updates.
    1. dq13's Avatar
      dq13 -
      I am both, WM user and iPhone user... the one thing I give to the iphone is speed... you click and app and it opens, hit the Home button and closes. WM is really slogagge and when you "close" an app it really doesn't close, it keeps running on the background (which might be actually good) and that's the reason for a Task Manager as an App on the home screen, because once you run more apps, the phone gets slower and slower, so you go into the task manager and close running apps and then phone free up memmory and starts working again :P

      that's my personal opinion and both have pros and cons, afterall, I like the iPhone better I think
    1. Teoyaomqui's Avatar
      Teoyaomqui -
      "with some apps free and some costing an inexplicable $19.99."

      Thank God apple won't sell any app costing more then $6,000 showing only a freaken picture right.

      Yeap M$ are dumbasses. ;-)
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by ultimatexpka View Post
      its funny how this site will discriminate microsoft and respect apple =D
      Not so much the site, but the newer "writers". I have definitely been frequenting MMI much less because of what they call "news"
    1. loop4444's Avatar
      loop4444 -
      I had borrowed HTC HD from friend and had it for like a month.
      The only real advantage i see is ability to do anything without much cracking. For idevice,you need to JB first,but then you more/less have the same options. Why do i use iphone as my main device? it just WORKS.
    1. nrowensby's Avatar
      nrowensby -
      Quote Originally Posted by angiepangie View Post
      And we're all terrorist drug dealers!
      I'm no terrorist...