Windowsphone 7. Windows Mobile 6.5. Kin. Now, add Windows Embedded Compact and Windows Embedded Handheld – and what do you have?
Don’t ask me, but here is what Microsoft says:
There are two distinct product groups focused on mobility at Microsoft: one for the enterprise handheld devices industry (WEB), and one committed to the mobile phone needs of customers for all types of end users (MCB).
Here’s the official chart:
According to WMExperts, Steve Ballmer had this to say, “In the next six months we will release a new embedded OS called Windows Embedded Handheld, based on Windows Mobile 6.5 technologies … [and] in the second half of 2011, we will release a version of Windows Embedded Handheld based on Windows Phone 7 technology”
So, we know that WM is a Mobile OS for enterprise devices that is based on Windows Mobile 6.5. Okay. So far, so good.
Now, Motorola already has a device on the way for this platform, the ES400 pictured below.
Don’t ask me questions yet, as I am still quite trying to figure out everything about Microsoft’s mobile strategy. In the meantime, perhaps the guys at GSMArena and WMExperts can help you make sense of it. Oh, and here is Microsoft’s own official announcement of their plans for Enterprise Handheld Devices.