In my near-desperate quest to dig up Windows Mobile 7 *anything* prior to its rumored upcoming announcement, I found a rather interesting UX mock-up by one Jeremiah Whitaker, freelance UX designer who has done some UX prototyping for the Windows Mobile 7 team as noted below (description snipped from his LinkedIn profile):
Now, while that job description is certainly enticing, it lends absolutely nothing if not to the imagination. Luckily, he links to his portfolio where something a bit more visual can be found. In his own words, here is how he prefaces the images to follow:
NDA dictates I keep this vague. For a leading cell platform I created UX flows of common controls and usages. After client review I created flash demos. Those demo’s were then reviewed and passed on to SectionSeven development to create interactive prototypes. This process allowed for very efficient UX development.
So, between what we see on his LinkedIn profile and that little description, we know which “leading cell platform” he’s referring to (Windows Mobile, just in case you haven’t been following along *cough, cough*). Unfortunately, the interactive demos he references are not to be found, but he provided a screen shot of the development of one of them along with a rather telling set of UX flows that screams multi-touch. Check ‘em out and take note of the 2 gestures I enclosed in the red box:
As noted, you can see a multi-touch gesture in images 2 and 3 within UX flow 02, so that only contributes more to the speculation that Windows Mobile 7 will contain support for multi-touch gestures (even if it doesn’t for whatever reason, this is confirmation that Microsoft has at least considered it to a very high degree). I think WM7 is shaping up to be a fairly awesome mobile OS in theory, but we’ll just have to wait and see how things play out when they finally announce it here soon. Personally, I’m holding out on upgrading my phone for the time being. If Windows Mobile 7 ends up reeking of as much awesomeness as is implied, I’ll be hard-pressed not to wait as long as a year to get it on the first wave of devices it comes standard on. What about you?