Inside Microsoft has offered up some details on their newest mobile operating system, Windows Mobile 7. Of course, Microsoft is now playing catch-up to Apple’s revolutionary touch interface and is also introducing new ways to interact with mobile devices, namely my rotating and shaking the device, and also (a feature set way too in the future) by camera-recognized gestures.
Another area that will get a much needed upgrade, will be Pocket Internet Explorer, where tabs are now utilized and websites will be displayed just like at a full screen PC, very similar to on the iPhone. Mobile browsing on Windows Mobile phones is tedious and hopefully Microsoft will improve on this area.
Windows Mobile 7 will focus on interaction with the user via new input methods such as flicking and touch scrolling, it will feature transitions between screens and it will have a refreshed overall design and feel. The list of features has not been set in stone, but we will see some cool input methods:
“There’s a list of gestures that are being explorer and may or may not make it into Mobile 7, including a gesture to dismiss an on-screen notification by shaking it off the screen, a gesture to automatically take you to a Smart Search notification panel, turning the phone like turning a key to unlock it, Pivoting by gesturing the phone sideways, moving through lists by shaking the phone up or down, switching the camera into black and white or other modes by shaking it down, adjusting camera aperture and shutter speed by rotating the camera, sending a file by “tossing” it to another device.”
Windows Mobile 7 is set to be launched in 2009. Can’t wait.
Read [Inside Microsoft]