Windows Mobile 6.5: Due October, pretty much as is. Windows Mobile 7: Coming at the end of next year. Both: On sale at the same time, marketed in a bizarre two-tiered way. If this rumor isn't false, it should be.
Microsoft is expected to officially launch Windows Mobile 6.5 on October 1, 2009 and add an upgrade version with a touch interface in February 2010, the sources indicated citing Microsoft roadmap.
Despite being the most predictable part of the story, this is the most disturbing—it'll be a year from now before Microsoft has a true competitor for webOS, iPhone OS or Android. Lame, but totally possible. Then there's that "upgrade version"—could that be Cashmere? Anyhoo, this is when the story goes from unfortunate to bizarre: