Call it red tape, call it incompetence, call it too big to move, call it insanity, call it what you will, but in the end you have to call it losing. Word is trickling out that Microsoft will begin testing Windows Mobile 7.0 with OEMs in the 1st quarter of 2010, but then the real kicker is that the same word is saying that we won’t see the OS in consumers hands until the 3rd Quarter.
Yep, Q3, 2010. That is a life time in mobile years. And if you think about it, it is more than a lifetime in whatever parallel universe Microsoft is living in that bears no relation to the mobile world as we know it now. Things are moving at lightspeed compared to what’s happening at Microsoft. Microsoft’s CEO acknowledged this when he essentially wrote off WinMo 6.5 with some of his comments. If history is any indication, what gets tested in Q1 of 2010 will be outdated by the time that testing begins, which only means that what gets released in Q3 will be so far behind as to make it largely irrelevant.
Microsoft needs to shift gears in a hurry if they want to even think about competing long term in the mobile space moving forward. If Microsoft’s partnership model continues to condemn it to this kind of development schedule it is doomed. If the problem is internal then some folks need to look for other work. The more nimble folks at Google, Apple, Nokia, heck, even Palm are laughing uncontrollably as Microsoft’s slow boat continues to remain harbored. Astounding.