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April 24, 2006

Microsoft previews next versions of Windows Mobile

Posted by David Hunter at 9:03 PM ET.

Jeremy Kirk at InfoWorld:

Microsoft, which has been carving a larger slice of the mobile device OS market, is developing a new product, code-named “Crossbow,” which will incorporate features such as instant messaging, a Microsoft executive confirmed Monday.

Crossbow will have strong links with Office 2007 and Exchange 12, Microsoft’s pending new office application suite and e-mail server, said Pieter Knook, senior vice president for the mobile devices and telecoms sector. Crossbow would be the successor to Windows Mobile 5.0, released in May 2005.

Crossbow will take aim at the Symbian and BlackBerry operating systems. The OS will contain a new mobile version of Office Communicator, an Office 2007 enterprise communications application, that includes instant messaging on public and private networks, Knook said.

“As the Office [2007] PC versions of those applications improve, we’re tracking that on the Windows Mobile side,” Knook said.

Knook said it’s premature to say when Crossbow would be released, but that the company plans for an annual mobile OS release.

Microsoft is gaining ground with Windows Mobile 5.0, but Symbian is dominant, said Nick Spencer, a research analyst with

Near the end of 2005, Microsoft held a 16 percent share in the worldwide mobile OS market compared to 63 percent for Symbian, 10 percent for Access Co.’s PalmSource, 7 percent for Research in Motion’s BlackBerry and 4.5 percent for others, including Linux-based ones.

On the question of dates, points to a Microsoft presentation that gives (apparently inadvertently) more information on Crossbow and its successor, Photon. The net:



Filed under Coopetition, Exchange, Linux, Microsoft, Office, Office 2007, Office Communications Server, Open Source, RIM, Servers, Symbian, Windows Mobile, Windows Mobile 6, Windows Phone 7

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4 Responses to “Microsoft previews next versions of Windows Mobile”

  1. Microsoft Weekly Miscellany, October 6, 2006 -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Jupiter Research’s Michael Gartenberg got a sneak preview of Crossbow and Photon (the next versions of Windows Mobile previously mentioned here) and he’s impressed: I can’t really tell you all that much about then except that Microsoft is totally changing the way they’re thinking about mobility and it shows. [...]

  2. More Windows Mobile Crossbow sightings -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Back in September, Microsoft released Windows CE 6.0 to manufacturing and shortly thereafter there was a teaser sighting of the next version of Windows Mobile codenamed “Crossbow” which is based on it and is supposed to RTM in 4Q2006. Now there’s another sighting as MS Mobile News provides some Crossbow screenshots in New Windows Mobile OS “Crossbow” shows its face. If you are confused about the distinction between Windows CE and Windows Mobile, Microsoft’s Mike Hall explains it here. [...]

  3. Crossbow (Windows Mobile 6.0) review hits the Web -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] There had been some speculation that Crossbow would end up being Windows Mobile 5.0 Second Edition (or something similar) and Photon would be Windows Mobile 6.0, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. And in case you were wondering, there is Windows Live Mobile integration. Filed under Windows Mobile, Windows Live, Photon, Crossbow, Windows Live Mobile, Microsoft [...]

  4. Crossbow unveiling planned for Monday -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] That’s also why some have called Crossbow Windows Mobile 5 Second Edition. The next big change in Windows Mobile is coming with Photon which is about a year away. [...]

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