Windows Mobile is the term used to refer to the large umbrella of ‘mobile operating systems’ developed by Microsoft mainly for Pocket PCs and Smartphones.
The earliest origins of Windows Mobile came in 1996 although it wasn’t until after 2000 that several versions of the operating system were released, marketed for business and corporate customers, similar to the Windows desktop operating systems. With stiff competition from iOS and Android operating systems targeting consumers, Windows Phone superseded Windows Mobile and hence Windows Mobile operating systems became redundant with the last version on Windows Mobile being the 6.5.5 version. Post that, it has been only Windows Phone for Microsoft as it takes on more popular and widely used mobile systems like the Android and the iOS. With several smart and easy to use applications and features like live integration, office integration, futuristic interface, snappy keyboard etc. the Windows Phone packs punchy software that is used on many mobile devices.
The debate on ‘which is the most suitable Windows mobile?’ keeps raging. From the first Windows Phone 7 version to the 8.1 showcasing several unique features like customized ringtones, visual voicemail, messaging conversations, gaming, competent web browser enabling multi-tasking and messaging using Windows Live Messenger, Facebook, Twitter and more, it offers a complete product and competes in the consumer market with Android phones. The multi-core processor and high resolution screen provide superior hardware features and support to the operating system.
While industry experts are quick to point out that Microsoft is not positioning itself as a competitor to the more used and constant Android and iOS platforms, the company is quick to reaffirm its ‘commitment to mobiles’ and stays that posts commenting on the ‘death of Windows phone’ are exaggerated.
While it certainly hasn’t given up on the mobile market, it has however made it clear that there is no competition with the app-centric mobile systems developed by Apple and Android. This realization has come about but only after Microsoft tried long and hard to be back in the reckoning through seeking app developers creating apps for Microsoft and by making apps for third party mobile manufacturers and even attempting to port Android and iOS apps to Windows, efforts that did not meet with much success. Unlike Android and iOS which constantly upgrade apps for future cycles, Microsoft has been unable to compete in that area.