updated 12:30 pm EDT, Wed March 25, 2009
Win Mobile 7 Shot Rumor
Microsoft's long-in-development Windows Mobile 7 operating system may have been spotted in a pair of leaked images. Sent to WMPoweruser, the first shot portrays a radically revised home screen with a top row of quick-access icons, a new clock, and bottom-center button with an unspecified role. A second image shows a significantly new map utility with a touch-friendly menu and shortcuts for spoken directions as well as a shortcut to finding the phone's current position.
Whether or not the shots are accurate is still in question. However, the two are believed to reflect concepts Microsoft has said should reach its next major mobile OS release, including a much stronger emphasis on touch input. Development is still known to be early for Windows Mobile 7, though rumors have pointed to a rushed schedule with beta versions by late this year and actual shipping phones in April 2010 as Microsoft tries to improve the standing of its OS against more fluid touchscreen interfaces like OS X iPhone or Symbian S60 5th Edition.