By October 2, 2008

What do you get for your Windows License?

010808_msftmoney The blogosphere is agape with articles today mocking Microsoft’s decision to keep licensing fees intact for its Windows Mobile operating system. With Nokia’s Symbian now available for free, as is Google’s Android platform, Microsoft must not be competing, right?

Well, it turns out you kind of need money in order to pay programmers to develop good software. So that’s where licensing fees come in.
WMPowerUser has a nice list of some things you get from Windows Mobile, that you won’t get from Symbian or Android. (I’ll add a couple more)

  • Built-in Exchange push e-mail support.
  • Support for server-side remote device management, application deployment
    and device policy management.
  • Support for full device encryption (including external memory cards).
  • Free sync with Windows Live Hotmail and Live Contacts.
  • Windows Live Search.
  • Live Messenger IM Client with file/photo sharing and voice clips.
  • Software for simple Internet Sharing via USB or Bluetooth.
  • Office files reading and editing.
  • A pretty good e-mail application with built-in smart filtering search
    and Exchange server search capabilities
  • A pretty good bluetooth stack.
  • Access to 18000 + applications already out in the market.
  • Support by carriers and a wide developer community.
  • Security certification by recognized accreditation bodies.
  • Automatic TV show syncing via Windows Media Center
  • Remote Desktop client
  • Voice Command for controlling phone, applications, media player
  • Text to Speech for announcing caller ID, appointments, text
    messages, emails
  • Access to a wide variety of GPS Navigation software
  • Indemnification for the technology used.


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