Will the next version of Windows Phone be called Windows Mobile?

While looking through Microsoft’s job board for Windows Phone related news, as I am wont to do, I came across some interesting references to an OS we at WMPoweruser know very well, but in a very modern context.

It seems, after being absent for more than 5 years, the Windows Mobile name is popping up again, in the context of the next version of Windows Phone.

Take this example, for a post as an Account Executive A&O (whatever that is), saying:

As the biggest online media company globally, Microsoft Advertising has the scope to reach valuable audiences everywhere. With a portfolio including MSN, Microsoft Media Network, Windows Mobile, Xbox and Bing, our range of deeply targeted channels span the entire digital lifestyle. Reaching 1bn people daily, our rich, immersive and engaging campaigns are grounded in context and insight – delivering the right results for our customers, and the right messages in the right places for their brands.

Or alternatively this one for a Senior Program Manager:

Are you passionate about working with partners to help them build and bring to market differentiating device experiences on Windows and Windows Mobile? Do you delight in being the voice of the partner internally? Do you enjoy owning and driving a variety of technical issues and championing the same across feature teams that are building our next generation Windows OS?

Notice that the name is capitalized in both instances. Of course calling Windows on phone just Windows 10 would have been much too confusing, due to obvious differences in capabilities and even user interface.  Also given that the next version of “windows phone” will likely run on tablets the phone moniker was also no longer appropriate.

From the above it seems likely that we will soon simply be talking about Windows 10 on mobile devices, or even more simpler – Windows Mobile.

I think we at WMPoweruser.com are pretty well set up for that already Winking smile

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