It’s the end of the year, and all over the place we see blog posts about the 10 best or worst things that 2007 brought us. Newspapers are filled with news roundups and quizzes, and on the radio we (in the Netherlands) have the Top 2000, which plays the best 2000 songs picked by listeners, from December 26th until December 31, 23:59.
Doug Goldring from JustAnotherMobileMonday also wrote an article, aiming to list nine ways in which Windows Mobile is broken. Not only does Doug give Microsoft a message telling Microsoft how it needs to improve Windows Mobile in order to stay alive in between the iPhone, Android, etc., but I think that the article is also very informative for us, Windows Mobile users.
My first device was a HTC Wizard with WM5, so I missed everything before that. As Doug points out, Internet Explorer Mobile (previously called Pocket Internet Explorer) has never been worth a lot. But while WM devices were not designed to access the internet frequently in 2000, internet connectivity is now an important element of the daily life of WM users, and the WM browser should evolve accordingly.
Doug’s article makes you take a step back, and look at Windows Mobile’s flaws from a distance. One of the most important issues is that making a phonecall is not nearly as easy as it should be. While I can quickly get out my device and create a new task or view the news using my RSS reader, initiating a phonecall is really not intuitive.
I personally do think that there is a lot negativity around lately, which is partly justified because of the cool new developments we’ve seen with the iPhone, and with third party application which can do what Microsoft should have done in the first place. But I still think that Windows Mobile really does make my “Windows” experience quite “mobile” (even in it’s reduced state), and my “mobile” device a lot more “Windows”.
As we’re used from Doug’s articles, this blogpost is lengthy, informative, and contains lots of screenshots. Click here to read the full article on JAMM.