More Porject Pink and Windows Mobile 7 info

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My man Lituus just posted some of the Pink info he got from 2 different sources and it looks mighty interesting. Accoring to them Roz Ho (head of Project Pink) is no longer part of the project and Danger as we know it is essensialy gone the way of the Dodo. Remember that all this info is still only rumors and sp├ęculation:

The Pink name does indeed reference the singer Pink. It is indeed Roz Ho’s creation. Kudos to AppleInsider for snagging these bits. However, what they didn’t get is why the name is still around. Especially after Roz has been freed of most of her duties in the Mobile group. Pink is now all about Zune.

It is coming to Xbox first, but that is followed immediately by WinMo, later by Media Center and eventually Windows Live. And in case you haven’t noticed already, please have a look at the colors that define the Zune brand. But “Zune” in terms of Pink stands for more than a media services layer. It also defines the identity of the UX, reference designs for hardware and adds on XNA capabilities. When Ballmer recently told CNET that Zune HD is supposed to show WinMo partners what they can do with hardware, he really meant it. The spec sheet for Zune HD is very similar to those created for WinMo 7 chassis designs. And all of that together is what Pink/Zune now stands for.

And finally:

1. Pink brings the Zune philosophy to WinMo.
2. WinMo 7 is based on WinCE 6. Silverlight is important.
3. Pink is not a Microsoft-branded phone (any more). Danger/Roz Ho’s involvement is nil.
4. WinMo 7 will debut XNA in Windows Mobile (not in its current form).
5. Zune as a PMP has 1 revision left.
6. Windows Phone devices with “Pink/Zune” will be closely controlled in software by MS. Will receive marketing support. Premium pricing.
7. WinMo core-based devices can be sold by manufacturers as well. No marketing support, and UX can be replaced by manufacturer. e.g. Sense, TouchWiz etc. “Low-end” pricing.

I reported a litle while ago that I though that WM7 was going to be based on Windows CE 7 (there’s even ainternal document pointing at this possibility) so as I said everything we know about Pink and Windows Mobile 7 is still all sp├ęculation at this point.

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Source: The Palace Of Limacon

Microsoft’s Project Pink Drama

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Microsoft is really getting some bad coverage lately thanks to the total mess with T-Mobile’s SideKicks this past week (an it isn’t finished yet) and the on going flow of Pink articles being posted all over the place. This it’s ChannelWeb who supposedly got some info about Microsoft secret project and it isn’t looking pretty according to them (and numerous other similar articles last week).

According to a source who claims detailed knowledge of Pink, and who back in May provided Channelweb.com with details that have since been reported by other publications (here and here), Pink was doomed from the start by poor decision-making and a management team with next to no mobile experience.

Pink is being developed by Microsoft’s Premium Mobile Experiences (PMX) team, a group within the Mobile Communications Business (MCB) of the Entertainment and Devices Division. The group is led by Roz Ho, corporate vice president and an 18-year Microsoft veteran, who was previously general manager for Microsoft’s Office For Mac group. Chris Pirich, head of engineering for Pink, came from the Xbox group, and Matt Bencke, business general manager for Pink, came to Microsoft from Boeing with virtually no software development experience.

Pink brings together technology from several different Microsoft product groups, but PMX failed to get these groups to commit to delivering their parts of the project on time, according to the source. “Pink has a lot of dependencies — the marketplace is Zune, and for games it uses XNA. Every little piece uses another division’s technology,” said the source. “PMX had lofty ideas and goals, but they totally failed to execute these with Pink.”

What’s more, Pink was originally based on Windows Mobile 7, but repeated Windows Mobile 7 delays caused PMX to switch to Windows CE, which takes longer to implement, the source said.

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Doesn’t look nice…and frankly I don’t care, cause I always thought that having Microsoft branded phones alongside Windows Mobile device build by OEMs was/is a stupid idea. Microsoft should only focus on Windows Mobile (and it looks like this is what they are currently starting to do).
Come on Steve, just admit that you wasted $500M on the Danger acquisition and move one please. Thank HTC for bring some excitement to the Windows Mobile crowed with products like the HTC HD2 and finish Windows Mobile 7.

Source: ChannelWeb