Earlier this week, after the initial bombshell that was Windows Phone 7 Series, many current Windows Mobile users gained false hope that the new operating system would be at least somewhat backwards compatible. This was mostly due to the rapid spreading of an article published on Tweakers.net, that shortly after had a slight update posted. The update mentioned that apps would not necessarily be able to easily be recompiled for the new platform. This is likely going to equate to an initially lower base of programs available for the platform. What I’m curious about is why Microsoft did not take any heed from a lesson that Palm learned when rolling out WebOS. Palm OS was largely a success due to the plethora of third party applications available for it. It’s true that WebOS is technically superior to the Palm OS, sure. But Palm did nothing to reward those third party developers that made their OS such a success. Instead, they were set out to dry. The result, many, many applications that were for the Palm OS will never be for WebOS. Sad, but reality.
Fast forward back from that history lesson and we find Microsoft, borrowing from others. They jump on the full fledged finger oriented UI of iPhone OS lore. They also steal a page from the Palm / WebOS playbook… include no support for Windows Mobile apps.
Shortsighted or necessary? Only time will tell. What are your thoughts on this? Hit the comments below and let us know.