Mobile phone technology has been progressing so fast that even 5 years make a huge difference. Just a few years ago Smartphones were working only with Symbian OS and Palm OS. Later Microsoft created Windows Mobile and even Palm was forced to switch to that system. But more recently iPhone changed the whole concept of a smartphone and now iPhone and Android are becoming the main players on the smartphone market. But what about Windows Mobile? Will it be pushed away completely? I don’t think so and let me explain why.
Many professionals still choose Windows Mobile because they prefer its simple straightforward interface to the overstuffed environment of iPhone and Android. Besides, Windows Mobile supports a very wide variety of different phone configurations, like phones with physical buttons, touch-screen phones, those that combine both physical buttons and touch-screen. iPhone does not offer that flexibility of choice and there are not many Android devices that have solid buttons. This is not just a matter of habit, when you have to type a lot, real solid buttons prove to be more convenient. The variety of different configurations of Windows Mobile phones is not limited to the keypad, apart from the standard “candy bar” configuration, there are flip phones, slider phones, vertical and horizontal layout and many other different features.
Of course the user interface is not the only strong side of Windows Mobile. Its main advantage lies in the best system compatibility with MS Windows. PCs running Microsoft Windows occupy by far the largest share of the computer market. And of course, as both systems come from the same origin, they have the best compatibility. And as MS Windows is most probably not going to loose its position as the most popular operating system for PCs, this advantage of Windows Mobile will always remain with it. One of the outcomes of this compatibility is the possibility to use Windows Mobile phone as a wireless modem for laptop or PC. As for me, this is so useful that just this feature alone is sufficient for me to not to even think of switching to a different platform (those who travel a lot and often need Internet access will understand me).
Now let us turn to the future. Towards the end of 2010 Microsoft is expected to release Windows Mobile 7. For the first time in the history of this system, Microsoft completely did away with the old versions and designed the new one from scratch. And, according to the reports, the new interface seems to keep pace with the competitors in every sense. Its well developed but at the same time simple and plain structure appeals to many. Let us see what new technical capabilities this system will have. One of the features that have been announced so far is a possibility of life update. So, unlike the current situation, when in most cases one has to buy a new phone to get updated to the latest version of Windows Mobile, updates will be done online like in PCs.
In the end let us give one more example, which is not a part of Windows Mobile but which works only with that platform. Sprite Backup software available only for Windows Mobile, allows one to make a complete backup of the phone on the storage card. This backup includes a complete system image and all user data. So, if anything goes wrong, one can just revert to the latest working condition by running the backup file. The backup file is self extracting, so no computer is needed. One can also transfer all user data and installed programs to a new phone. This is the most effective and practical way of data protection I’ve ever seen on mobile phones.