Windows Mobile fans should have reason to get excited for the Mobile World Congress show next month in Barcelona, Spain. The world’s largest mobile-related trade show will apparently be where Microsoft will finally take the wraps off its supposedly revamped Windows Mobile 7 operating system, according to the company’s CFO Peter Klein. In just a few weeks, Microsoft will show the world the new version of Windows Mobile, which is expected to bring Microsoft mobile operating system into the capacitive touchscreen era.
WM7 should bring with it a completely overhauled user interface that centers more on finger inputs and easy-to-navigate controls rather. Compared to the impossibly tiny buttons and incredibly frustrating menu-based interfaces of past WinMo versions, WinMo7 should be an impressive refresh, and could give Microsoft a chance at competing with Android and iPhone. We know that WM7 will support Zune functionality and will support multi-touch. There’s also talk of Windows Mobile 7 having minimum hardware requirements that bring tears of joy to our eyes – 1Ghz processor, 800×480 touchscreen, 3G, WiFi, and GPS.
Microsoft has been steadily losing smartphone market share to the likes of the iPhone and the many high-end Android phones that are gunning for the top of the smartphone list. Mobile World Congress may very well be the turn-around point for Microsoft’s aging mobile OS.
Keep it tuned to IntoMobile, as we’ll be bringing you live, in-depth coverage of MWC from beautiful Barcelona!