What you see above is the Microsoft sign at Mobile World Congress. At first there was nothing special except for a large sticker covering...something.
The savvy cats at Engadget decided to use the "X-ray filter" in Photoshop and lo and behold, beneath the sticker it says: 7 Series.
Seven? Series? Sounds like that might be hinting at the rumored Business and Multimedia editions that we mentioned a few weeks ago.
While we don't know all of the details about what Microsoft has in mind for Monday, we're still surmising that the overall strategy (and what we've talked about during the podcast #88, #89) is thus:
- Pink/Zune/Turtle/Pure phones = Feature phones; not full Wp7
- Business Edition = The true upgrade path for WM6.5 --> Wp7; customizable
- Media Edition = Combine the Pink & Business edition for one high end smartphone
Call us crazy, but we think this three-pronged approach (with only two being 'true' Windows phone 7 devices) is what Microsoft is attempting. Mind you, according to the WSJ, we might not even hear about Pink/Zune/Turtle/Pure at Mobile World Congress. That actually makes sense as those devices are not true Windows phone 7 series nor would they want to scare off their OEMs.
It's also becoming more clear that last week's "rumors" were probably more about Project Pink than Windows phone 7, which we strongly suggested ;-)
So, what do you think? Sound off below!