Microsoft recently announced Windows Mobile 6.5 and it’s not due to hit the street until the end of this year. Screen shots of 6.5 have been flooding the internet in the days and weeks following the announcement at Mobile World Congress. Now, Microsoft Strategy has released a video called “Software + Services” that clearly shows a mobile OS that is not Windows Mobile 6.5. This video talks about a connected world and shows mobile devices with a Vista styled Start Flag centered in the lower menu bar with a fictional IM application. It is possible that the interface is also fictional, but it’s hard to get past the similarity to the leaked Windows Mobile 7 images that we saw a while ago.
Steve Ballmer has confirmed that Windows Mobile 7 will be coming in 2010. So the existence of Windows Mobile 7 isn’t some big unknown. However, Microsoft has yet to publicly show the interface or any details from 7. Was the public release of this video a mistake? Did Microsoft actually plan to start showing and talking about 7 before 6.5 was released? Or is the similarity between this video and the leaked screen shots of 7 just a coincidence? Only time will tell.
You can watch the video over at the::unwired. I’ve captured all the device screens from the video and posted them below.