From what we know so far it sounds like its not possible to install this on older hardware as we have been able to do with 6.0, 6.1 etc. My TyTN II is likely to be far too old and off the mark etc, but what about Touch HD? A newish phone with good spec. If that can't be upgraded, its gonna kill the sales of recent WinMo devices dead unless they secretly implemented the MS chassis or by luck, comply with it.
Another point, with apps not being likely to work on WP7S, MS have got to hope and prey that developers will create a decent number of apps for launch. Will developers be happy to develop for IPhone, Android, WM6.n, possibly maemo and WP7S too? Will Google develop googlemaps etc for it?
As we all know, the Iphone is only as successful as its app store. A phone with no or few apps isn't going to do well - have concerns that N900 may suffer because of this, but at least it is very flexible being based on linux.
Will the new WP7S OS be restrictive? Will you only be able to install through an app store? One of the key features of WM for me, is its flexibilty. I can source and install my own cabs if I wish. People like those on here or XDA developers can fiddle with the cabs to customise them etc.
In a nutshell, if they tie it down to only install apps from a store, implement other restrictions that were not previously there, why would anyone choose this over the Iphone which has a vast collection of apps established already (ok, maybe multitasking*)?
Personally, I'm looking to change my device this year after nearly 3 years of faithful service of my TyTN II and am favouring Android at the moment. What I have seen so far, isn't changing my mind.
* What is meant by not multitasking in context of the iphone? As a software developer, I would take this as only running one process at a time. Can the IPhone not run, say a chat client & skype at the same time and recieve a message or call if that app was not currently visable? Surely not as that would be a serious deal breaker in anyones book!
Edited by 8eaker, 18 February 2010 - 03:28 PM.