Windows Mobile 7 to support two screen resolutions?

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Windows Mobile 7 to support two screen resolutions?
While Windows Mobile fans and users are patiently waiting for this year’s MWC, where we’ll get to see a demo of the new Microsoft operating system, we came across this news story by Betanews, which provides some interesting info on the matter. Microsoft’s Senior Marketing Manager, Greg Sullivan, has shared with the media that the company will take on a slightly different technical approach with WM7. Instead of supporting numerous screen sizes, the new OS will probably run on just two:

“So how are we having our cake and eating it too? We're going to continue the horizontal market, but work very closely with our hardware partners to provide more guidance on the platform so we don't have nine different display sizes that independent software vendors have to target...maybe just two...”

This seems very logical, given the current situation requires developers to waste precious time and resources in adapting their apps to many different resolutions. This will hopefully allow for a much better user experience.

Another good thing is that the official has said the dated Pocket PC UI will finally disappear from the platform. Not that we didn’t expect this, but it’s just nice to hear it once again:

“We're going to continue investing in the user experience, and the legacy pocket PC 1999 UI that still kind of shows up if you drill down pretty deep? that's another thing that's changed.”

And we can already guess that one of the resolutions will be 480x800 pixels (WVGA), since that’s the one of the HTC HD2, which we know will most probably get an update to Windows Mobile 7.

source: Betanews via WMPoweruser



1. rjt185

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 11, 2009

If 480x800 is one, what is the other going to be??

3. Legacystar

Posts: 131; Member since: Dec 31, 2009

prolly 480x320 (qvga?)

10. crd22

Posts: 77; Member since: Apr 15, 2008

1) That WQVGA 2) Personally, I don't believe they will pick a lower res screen such as that. This OS will most likely last a few years, and there is no reason why they would bother supporting a dying cause (i.e. low res smartphones) Compared to VGA and WVGA, (W)QVGA screens are just not new anymore and don't deserve to be treated as it.

2. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

I am very cautious stil about WM7. However microsoft has gone through several major realignments in the past year. This is how they were able to deploy Windows 7 a much better version then Vista. From what I understand the Windows Mobile team has also gone through changes and realignment. I am not getting my hopes up until I see some screen shots and mybe some white papers or something to validate the new OS.

4. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Can't wait to see what comes out of this redesign. I'm not really a Winmo fan, I have android and webos. But I'd be interested in dropping my G1 if winmo7 is good. One of the things that I always keep in mind, "never underestimate a cornered financial behemoth." Once Microsoft is woken up that they are losing marketshare fast they will attack fiercely. I could be wrong that microsoft can pull up from their crash but I'd love to see some real competition come out of redmond. Maybe it's my hope clouding my ability to predict the future but I think they could do it. I'm just baffled as to how they could let themselves fall as far as they have without some real attempt at keeping mobile marketshare. Because this will directly effect their pc marketshare. Everytime an iphone hooks another person into the "I'm a hip kid too" bandwagon in the long term they're losing a pc owner as well. O well. I'd like to see how far mac gets once they get 50% marketshare. Cus they are so anti-competitive they'll have to get hit with anti-trust cases. Although they've avoided it so far in the mp3 sector, I'll never understand how.

5. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Agreed. competition is good. Windows is in need of a major overhaul and reimmaging from the ground up. "windows 7, the only thing thats still the same.. is the name" thats exactly how it needs to be. Now that windows is finally getting a much needed overhaul, the most stale system is going to be Apple. I wonder if they will actually do something innovative or if they will just keep peddling the same crap with minor updates and hope ibots eat it up. Eventually they will be the "windows" platform of the next generation if they keep it up. As in "dont buy it, its windows based" platform.

6. jasona

Posts: 17; Member since: Nov 13, 2009

I currently have the new omnia 2 and 6.5 is much better than previous models. I don't have any problems with winmo and think windows 7 will set the mark for other os. New windows mobile 10 is awesome and sync with outlook can't be beat. If your business oriented this is the way to go.

7. elitemashy92

Posts: 6; Member since: Jan 14, 2010

I have a question, how is the author so sure that the HTC HD2 will get the Windows 7 update! If that is possible then all windows 6.5 can be updated to windows 7. So this means that all 6.1 can be updated to 6.5 thus to windows 7. Really amazing shocking and confusing! somebody help!

8. aclsmb

Posts: 18; Member since: Sep 03, 2009

I'm no expert, but I thought the reason HD2 has a possibility of being upgraded to WM 7 is because it meets the new MS WM7 hardware requirements (chassis, processor, screen resolution, and whatever else), but other current WM 6.5 devices like Pure, Pro2, Omnia 2, and others may not/do not.

12. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Yes... one of the requirements for the WM7 is multitouch, 3D graphics card, processor, ram, etc. The HD2 is the first and only multi-touch WinMo phone right now. Infrared and Capacitive are the only ways to go right now for multi-touch.

9. aclsmb

Posts: 18; Member since: Sep 03, 2009

Isn't this the same thing some people are saying Android may need to do sooner than later so that there's some more consistency for developers to work with and same with trying to keep the releases and upgrades of OS version more in synch?

11. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Finally they are going to scrap the original PPC kernal... CONFIRMATION MAKES ME HAPPY! I like my 6900, don't get me wrong, but the OS was the same for the most part. I hope it can live up to the hype. I don't want to get a Nexus One/Bravo, I would much prefer the HD2 with MW7 upgrade

13. cansler

Posts: 136; Member since: Oct 07, 2009

My last 4 phones were WM devices, each of which I would have kept longer but I found a way to kill them. And I had a Compaq IPAQ before that (the original one before the merger of HP and Compaq). I wouldn't really know what to do without my WM phone. I am very comfortable with the interface and since I've found xda-Developers, I know how to tweak the heck out of it. I really am excited to see/hear that WM7 will be radically different. I am equally if not more excited about getting my first Android device. I don't know how I'll like it for the everyday, but playing around with my friend's G1 a few times, I liked it. I think I'm ready for a change but will likely have both. Can't wait for Bravo / Leo. Two brothers who belong together.

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