7 Series Windows CE kernel 5.2 5.2 6.0 Minimum resolution None None WVGA Skinnable Yes Yes No Finger friendly No Barely Yes Multitouch No Basic Yes Capacitive touchscreen No Yes Yes Stylus Required Optional None Touchscreen keyboard Unfriendly Finger-friendly Finger-friendly Required buttons Start Start Start, Back, Search Operating metaphor Apps Apps Task hubs Pane switching Tabs Swipe "Pivot" Browser IE Mobile 6 IE Mobile 6 New, still IE-based Zune integration No No Yes Xbox integration No No Yes Courting enterprise Yes Yes Not yet Social networking Apps / Skins Apps / Skins Built-in
This is a comparison of core OS functionality and differences, handset skins and carrier tweaks aren't factored in.
If you couldn't tell from the chart above, the "differences" between Windows Phone 7 Series and Windows Mobile of yore (last week) are rather hard to quantify: it's like comparing a bed with an oven. Two very different things, for two very different purposes. Windows Mobile has had a justifiable position in the realm of business, and will probably continue to maintain a legacy install base for some time to come, but it's pretty safe to say that the days of Windows Mobile as a consumer-facing OS are rapidly coming to an end. Bring on the new!Windows Phone 7 Series faces off against its Windows Mobile past originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 15 Feb 2010 18:08:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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