The penultimate OS we’re going to talk about from Microsoft in our best Mobile OS’s Blog is also the newest and most sexy one to date, in the form of Windows Phone. This OS is specifically designed for Smartphones, rather than Rugged PDA’s but we thought it deserved a mention anyway if for no other reason but to clear things up a little bit for us.
Windows Phone Today
Windows phone was launched about 18 months ago as Windows Phone 7. It got a serious update about 6 months ago in the form of Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) and Windows Phone 8 has been announced and will hit the streets in 2013.
The Pro’s of Windows Phone
- It has a cracking interface. So as a smart phone and using all the “smartphony” features like email, web browsing, Facebook and Twitter, it’s a really nice usable tool on a level with Apples iPhone rather than a 10-year-old PC!
- It has an App store, so whilst it’s small compared to Android and IOS, it still hast the same App store mentality meaning users with little to no technical knowledge can soon be using their smartphone for all kinds of things.
- It’s a lovely up to date, feature packed, well-developed and supported OS.
Con’s of Windows Phone
So Windows Phone 7 is really great, new and even (dare I say it) a bit cool! So why is it not a great tool for the commercial rugged market then? Well actually it has some serious flaws as we’ll see below:
- There are some commercial features missing or different so creating DB aware solutions is not as easy as Windows Mobile.
- You need a whole new set of development tools which do not work for Windows Mobile or CE.
- The OS goes out of date after a few months, great for keeping up with the smartphone market but what happens to your 3-5 year committment to your business solution?
- The OS versions are proving not to be greatly backward compatible. It’s also not one of the features Microsoft focuses on with WP like it does with WM.
- The OS is fatter too. It requires better hardware and it wouldn’t run well on a lot of hardware that is still well used in the rugged market.
Our thoughts on Windows Phone being Rugged
Well….it’s not and thank god you can’t get it on a Rugged PDA!!, although we do wonder if a rugged smartphone might one day appear with WP 8 on it? WP is all about coolness, keeping up with changes in user behaviour and keeping Microsoft in with the end-user. It’s simply not a mission critical OS, despite being well put together and pretty decent stood on its own. Software houses developing for WP and telling you it’s fine are not doing understanding the true needs of a mission critical environment.
tomorrow we’ll look at the last mobile OS from Microsoft, Windows 8…
The Rugged and Mobile blog.