Microsoft's CEO, Steve Ballmer, has declared, in the wake of the official announcement of the launch of Windows Mobile 6.5, that the company needs to implement changes in the way it develops it Windows Mobile operating system, to better compete with the growing software competition, "There are opportunities for us to accelerate our execution in this area," he said. "We've done a lot of work to make sure we have a team that will be able to accelerate it."
One of the current problems involves the diverse nature of the operating system and the fact that it has to appeal to so many areas, "In general, I'll make the argument that having diversity of form factor serves the broadest set of the population," he said to the PC World website. "The question is how simple can we make it to write an application that runs in multiple modalities."
Some observers have pointed out that one solution to the increasing development delays of Windows Mobile would be to simplify the software itself, "Here's the Catch 22, Ballmer responded, "A lot of what it would mean to simplify things always looks to us like removing options. For every option we remove I know we'd upset some customers for whom that was the perfect option," he said.
Movement is promised for the future, including for the development of Windows 7 - we await what action Microsoft will actually take.
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