Windows Mobile headed for MIDs

Wm_mid_conceptWhat exactly this means is still out for debate, but according to ZDNet’s All About Microsoft, one of new company hire Len Kawell‘s responsibilities will be to scale Windows Mobile to "new kinds of devices with larger screens and faster processors—also known as Mobile Internet Devices, or MIDs." Previously with Pepper Computer, Kawell is also tasked with "defining the application model for occasionally connected rich Internet applications in the mobile environment."

What sticks out most in these two bits for me are the use of Intel’s MID acronym (UMPCPortal‘s antennae shot up at this as well) and the phrase "occasionally connected," which seems to rule out cellular connectivity and suggests that these new WM devices will co-exist with smartphones. Considering the competition, how mobile do you think a MID can really be without HSDPA?

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Jenn K. Lee is the founder of Pocketables. She loves gadgets the way most women love shoes and purses. The pieces in her tech wardrobe that go with everything are currently the Samsung Galaxy Note II, Sony Tablet P, and Nexus 7, but there are still a couple of vintage UMPCs/MIDs in the back of her closet.

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