Microsoft's Big Mobile Play Coming in February?
Microsoft clearly needs to introduce a game-changing smartphone to stay competitive in the mobile sector -- and recent comments by a top Redmond executive point to that happening next month. It's official -- or at least "semi-official." The long awaited Windows Phone 7 is apparently set to be shown at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month. At least, that clearly was the tone of hints that Robbie Bach, president of Microsoft's (NASDAQ: MSFT) Entertainment and Devices Division, dropped during a meeting with financial analysts in Las Vegas Thursday, during the first day of the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Asked by one analyst whether Microsoft would showcase the much rumored Windows Phone 7 -- also referred to as Windows Mobile 7 -- the replacement for Windows Mobile 6 and 6.5 -- at the mobile show in Spain in mid-February, Bach appeared to say: Yes. "I have had the pleasure to look at it and play with it, and I'm confident that people will look at it as differentiated, as something that sets the bar forward -- not in an evolutionary way, but something that feels, looks, acts, and performs as something completely different," Bach answered.