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Windows Mobile 7 Will Show Its Face in February

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February is a month of wintery misery. But also Mobile World Congress! Where, according to Microsoft Mobile Entertainment and Devices Division President Robbie Bach, we should probably expect to see Windows Mobile 7 for the first time.

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The slip, if you could call it that, came in two parts. First, on the invite for MWC:

Microsoft will be making several exciting announcements during the show. You will learn:

How the company plans to align its consumer vision and grow opportunities for the mobile industry as a whole.
How it will tackle challenging times ahead, in the face of economic uncertainty and stiffening competition.

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It's pretty obvious what that's supposed to mean, though there's nothing explicit. So on an analysts call, someone asked directly: What about Windows Mobile 7? Apparently:

Things will be talked about at MWC... I've seen it and played with it, set the bar forward not in (just) an evolutionary way.

A February showoff doesn't guarantee anything in terms of an actual release date, but it bodes well for the possibility of seeing this thing ship before the end of the year. [ZDNet, IStartedSomething]

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theghostofjimmadison
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You're missing the real question: Will WM7 be obsolete before it's even released?

If they stick to their stated Q4 release, that will be after iPhone 4 and probably iPhone oS 4.0 are released, after more major Android upgrades (3.0?), probably concurrent with an updated Droid and a new Palm OS, and so on.

I don't see anything in those screenshots that isn't already available.