OK, OK, so a top 10 mobile predictions from Rugged and mobile wouldn’t be the same without a few shock statements and we all really discussed whether we should publish this one but the truth is the statement does have some real smoke. Don’t forget that we also all grew up here on Microsoft and still all love the technology but lets see why we think this could be true…
1. Windows Mobile 7 was taken removed form the developer line. It’s true! It was there, now it isn’t, nothing replaced it and with support officially ending in 2014 where’s the replacement?
3. HTML5 support is non-existent and is actually being supported by manufacturers rather than Microsoft. This turns a hybrid app into a native one in our view but more worryingly why isn’t Microsoft supporting the OS?
4. Manufacturers are telling us that Windows Mobile is gone and Windows 8 will be its replacement. Either Microsoft is planning a “Data Capture” version of W8 or it’s hoping we’ll all just revert to the smartphone OS. It wouldn’t be a poor strategy but it would indicate that they are aggressively pursing the BYOD mentality rather than the Mission Critical one of yesterday.
5. No-one knows anything about the replacement for WM6.5. No one! Manufacturers are all focussing on Android, we’re all moving on and adopting IOS and Android and in the absence of decent developer support for WM and communication about the road map, there may not be anyone listening by the time there is! Why would you develop for 2% of the market anyway is the attitude of many suppliers like us.
So plenty to think about. We think this will be a critical year for Windows Mobile and how the resellers of rugged Kit operate in the years to come so hopefully I’m proved wrong. I don’t think I will be though!