Microsoft Shifts Gears

Windows Mobile 7 Represents a Clean Break with Previous Operating Systems

While most of the excitement in the media surrounds the iPhone, there's still a large group of enterprises who have deployed Windows Mobile to their employees. But Microsoft has always struggled to gain marketshare and momentum against the likes of Blackberry, and more recently Apple. Microsoft went back to the drawing board for its mobile operating system, announcing Windows Mobile 7 as its next iteration. But because Microsoft wiped the slate clean, devices running previous versions of Windows Mobile will not have an upgrade path. This has the potential to backfire, as current Windows mobile users need to find another phone. Nemertes continues to track rising interest in iPhone in the business market, where 37.5% of companies plan to add iPhone support in 2010.

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