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  • I'd like to see Windows Mobile sold retail, so that end users can upgrade their devices to the latest version regardless of the manufacturer supplying updates.

     

    Microsoft has proven it has been much more reliable at supplying continued platform updates than the manufacturers themselves, and with a small degree of abstraction and separation the next generation of PDAs could be built in such a way that they have separate storage for everything hardware or user related and the core OS is then user-upgradable.

     

    (Much like drivers are supplied on CD for your PC's hardware, except maybe store the drivers in a separate area of flash memory along with user files)

     

    There would of course be constraints on what hardware the phones/PDAs this could be applied to in order to avoid maintaining too many different varieties but I believe that the spec for a Windows Mobile device is already reasonably well constrained, so this shouldn't be too hard.

     

    You never know either, if other manufacturers get in on the standardisation of drivers/platforms you might be able to take a Linux phone and install Windows Mobile on it, or a Symbian one and install Windows Mobile rather than the current situation we have which is the hardware manufacturer dictating the exact software installed.

    Saturday, September 22, 2007 8:13 AM

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