Microsoft working on a new smartphone running a different version of Windows Mobile


The saying "it's not over until the fat lady sings" might perfectly apply to Microsoft's Windows Phone plans. Even though many believe the company is done with everything related to smartphones, it looks like things might not be as bleak.

Sales of Windows Phone handsets stopped almost completely, and the market share nosedived under 1% worldwide over the last couple few years. Microsoft did not seem interested in continuing with its smartphone business having sold its mobile division.

Well, it appears that the Redmond-based company still flirts with the idea of being a major player in the smartphone industry. According to multiple Microsoft insiders, the company hasn't completely lost interest in Windows Mobile and the hardware that could run the OS.

As a matter fact, it appears that Microsoft is currently testing a new smartphone running “a separate branch of Windows Mobile.” The UI of the new OS is completely different than anything we've seen until now.

Also, Microsoft might have been removed support for Silverlight apps in the updated version of Windows Mobile in favor of “new mobile experiences.”

Both the device and the new version of Windows Mobile are still in early stages of development, which means Microsoft might cancel the project at any time if the results are not encouraging.

source: Thurrott

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25 Comments

1. PHYCLOPSH

Posts: 652; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

You can lead a mule to water, but you can't make them drink...

16. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Ah! A new Windows Phone, eh? This 'might' work... From what I've heard and learned from various resources, Microsoft's next move is to combine Mobile OS and Desktop OS together and cram it inside a chassis of a smartphone... Recent Microsoft's patents suggest a smartphone with an X86 based Intel processor (Intel M, probably) and that further fuels this 'rumor' that it will be able to run the full Desktop Windows 10 when connected with a 'dock'... It 'might' work, though it probably won't see a mainstream usage like Android and iOS... Oh well, G'Day!

2. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

No Not Again. They took this path with Win CE to Win Phone 6.x and all WinCE legacy apps were not supported and if you wanted the new apps you had to upgrade to Win Phone 6. Then they left Win Phone 6.x for Win Phone 7.x which added a whole new kernel that did not support Win Phone 6.x apps you want supported apps upgrade to Win Phone 7. Then guess what? Win Mobile was introduce also built on a new Kernel (I jump ship then) Win mobile 8.x was announced and the same thing. Now here we go again with MS repeating the same mistake . I mean when will they understand you can't just ask your users to upgrade their new devices every year because now your new kernel will not support the old apps used prior? MS please no new Kernels.

4. Bondurant

Posts: 784; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

oh yeah let Microsoft stop innovating and join Android, like we don't have enough Android phones already.

7. funtikar

Posts: 25; Member since: May 05, 2012

roflmao what innovation lol...its almost using like im using a feature phone using any Windows Mobile phone

12. llk171

Posts: 95; Member since: Mar 31, 2013

Have the S8 and an iphone 7 and even a x year old 640 nokia. The windows live tile interface is 100 times better than both platforms.

17. sgodsell

Posts: 7383; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

If you really like the live tiles, then install one of the Windows Phone launchers with live tiles on Android.

19. hemedans

Posts: 755; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

you can have tiles but not live tiles, developer of certain app is then one who can decide what to show in those live tiles.

21. rocker91

Posts: 88; Member since: Dec 09, 2016

Same here I prefer the u.i of my 60$ lumia 640 over my primary device note 5.

27. yann

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

Did you ever use a windows phone? Tell what you can't do on windows, that you can on iOS or Android? You can't read/sent e-mails? You can't browse the web? You can't take pictures? You can't share via bluetooth or e-mail?/actually iOS can't/ You can't use NFC?/actually iOS can't/ What you can't do? Except making snapchat and other app gap? I did not defend Microsoft cause I'm ex windows user, but don't compare windows phone with future phone. Actually first iPhone was like future phone - can't send mms, can't copy/paste....a lot of things. And yes, camera phones was invented BEFORE iOS and Android. Yes, you can check the mail BEFORE iOS and Android. You had a smart phone long before iOS and Android.

3. Switch00

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

Beat it, losers... and before that, give me back my money spent for nokia 1520. What a fraud.

8. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

You are the loser! The 1520 was one of the best phones!

11. epdm2be

Posts: 822; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Sure, it lacked every feature that I took for granted on 2008 featurephones. No callrecording, no outlook syncing, locked down eco-system without side loading, no themes. There's saying about a pig and lipstick which I think is more fitting for M$

5. Subie

Posts: 2370; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

I'm looking forward to seeing what they might come up with.

6. Pureviewuser1

Posts: 153; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

Well I had a Nokia 1520 and have had others after lkunia 950xl lg g3 Lumia 640xl Lumia 535 and Samsung s7 and these did not satisfy me as the 1520 so I'm getting another Lumia 1520

13. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Don't use good money to chase after bad money. No going to spend a dime till it reach 35% market share whatever MS is cooking.

14. rsiders

Posts: 1960; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

I just saw the movie Get Out and Microsoft had great product placement in the film stsrring the Lumia 950 and Microsoft Surface. It was refreshing to see actually.

15. Boybawang

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 02, 2013

Windows Mobile is the most pleasing interface to use.

18. Bozzor

Posts: 248; Member since: May 02, 2012

They failed before, but they have megabucks and realise that their core business of Windows 10 licensing will be tough to grow much further, MS Office licensing - whilst a very good business model - is facing serious competition from lower cost and even free competitors, and that Dynamics 365 and Azure are also in a tough competitive environment: the days of the Windows / Office monopoly. They have done well with Gaming and now have a solid hardware team, but the mega bucks are still in mobile, if they can crack it.

20. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Excited like nuts but skeptical of MS. They promised so much with Windows Phone and even destroyed Nokia trying to get Windows Phone/Mobile off the ground. I wonder what the the new Ui looks like.

22. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Microsoft should suprise us all with this new and different version of Windows Mobile, it will have me on board if it proves to be indeed different for the better.

23. Joulukas

Posts: 115; Member since: Jun 05, 2013

This is actually good news, since no other mobile OS can compete with Windows in "5 sec run", meaning first 5 seconds in windows will give you times more information about your current affairs than any other platform, times better than iOS. Android is in between, but is a gray area, since widgets can change that. But with native build, Windows is just over the top. The problem with Windows is, that after 5 sec, the OS becomes useless, specially with lack of crucial apps in its ecosystem. Till this day MS has the highest potential, but they allways seem to f*** things up. Specially in business area, where a lot of users are in MS ecosystem anyway - its only logical to use Windows Phone also.

24. jacksmith21006

Posts: 68; Member since: Nov 03, 2015

MS is really into misery. They keep getting punched in the nose and just asking for more. It is terrible for MS they do NOT have any presence in mobile but it is what it is. They need to get into something new instead of doing the me too. It just does not work anymore as they just do not have anything to leverage. The one right now is Google looks to have basically won the AI OS with the TensorFlow framework gaining 58k stars on GitHub faster than anything I can remember. It seems the AI framework battle might be already won by Google. This is the future and where MS should have been focusing instead of losing the Mobile space over and over and over again. Now they will probably try me too with AI and fail over and over as Google moves to the next thing. MS is just a few steps behind and that just will no longer work with Google simply flying. Look at MS recently with the Windows S and trying a "me to" with the Chromebook. MS a few steps behind and it just does not have a chance. MS created some FPGA for NN and Google has a TPU Pod generating 11.5 peta flops (fp16). Yes that is 11.5 quadrillion!! Doing it on 30 times less power per inference then the next available option. Gen 1 TPUs were well ahead of anything else and then Google goes and releases Gen 2. Simple incredible. BTW, FPGA are far, far more inefficient than ASICs.

25. jacksmith21006

Posts: 68; Member since: Nov 03, 2015

Which means that every inference or say Bing query is far more expensive than the same would be for Google. At least MS does not have too many ;).

26. hurrycanger

Posts: 1761; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Might as well add a working voice recorder this time. Can Windows Mobile record audio while the screen is off yet?

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