updated 11:00 pm EDT, Thu September 24, 2009
WM7 team replaced with new talent
Microsoft executive Steve Ballmer recently acknowledged the company's problems getting Windows Mobile 7 onto the market in a reasonable time frame. Ballmer reportedly admitted to a crowd attending a Venture Capital Summit that Microsoft "screwed up with Windows Mobile," according to WMPoweruser.
The executive did not provide many details, although he appeared to place blame on unspecified employees working on the Windows Mobile team. "We've pumped in some new talent," Ballmer said. "This will not happen again."
WM7 has been in development for several years, while other platforms, including the iPhone, have long since integrated more advanced features such as multi-touch. Although the company boasts that over 30 WM smartphones will ship by the end of the year, Motorola announced a complete departure from the Microsoft's platform as it transitions to Android.
Windows Mobile 6.5 is scheduled for release in early October, while v7 is not expected until late in 2010.