Although everyone not living in a Siberian cave knows that Windows Mobile 2005 is on its way, Microsoft has, for the most part, kept mum about it.
However, the company has revealed that the next version of its mobile operating system, in conjunction with Exchange Server, will offer push email. This means that as soon as an incoming email arrives on the server, it is pushed out to the device, and the user is immediately notified of it.
While this is a feature many users definitely want, it may be delaying the release of Windows Mobile 2005.
According to newswireless.net, Microsoft had intended to announce the latest version of this operating system at the 3GSM World Congress in February.
However, it reportedly changed its mind when it discovered that Visto Corporation intended to file a patent infringement lawsuit against Smartner Information Systems for Smartner’s push email system.
“With over 22 patents worldwide, Visto is driving progress and advancement in the push email and personal information market,” said Daniel Mendez, vice president and CTO of Visto Corporation. “Smartner’s attempt to misappropriate our industry-leading technology for their own gain hinders fair competition, inhibits true innovation, and ultimately creates confusion among customers and partners. We will continue to lead by aggressively investing in research and development and will vigorously pursue companies such as Smartner that attempt to misuse or exploit our intellectual property.”
It is newswireless.net‘s assertion that Microsoft is holding off introducing Windows Mobile 2005 until it can be certain it won’t immediately be sued for patent infringement itself.
It’s possible that Visto might have grounds for such a suit. Many of the people who originally developed Visto’s push email system later went to work for Microsoft.
Thanks to Pocket PC Thoughts for the tip.