MicrosoftCEO Steve Ballmer said his company "screwed up with Windows Mobile", according to bloggers attending the company's Venture Capital Summit last week.
Microsoft has recently changed the Windows Mobile team to try and make up lost ground. Ballmer's comments were recorded by audience members using Twitter at an event that had no journalists present. Microsoft could not be reached to confirm the comments attributed to Ballmer.
Venture capitalist Paul Jozefak's tweet from the event said that Ballmer wished Windows Mobile 7 had already launched, even though Windows Mobile 6.5 is not due out until next month while version 7 is due next year.
Another tweet, from beninato, had Ballmer saying at the event that new talent is on the Windows Mobile team and vowing, "this won't happen again".
A Microsoft employee, Scott Rockfeld, recently confirmed via email to Computerworld US that he had moved recently from a top Windows Mobile position to director of Microsoft's Macintosh Business Unit. No reason was given.
Earlier this year, Ballmer told public sector CIO s that Windows Mobile 6.5 was not "the full release we wanted to have this year". His comment was made in response a question about how Microsoft planned to keep up with phone rivals, such as iPhone and Android.
Analysts have questioned whether there is a long future for Windows Mobile, especially after version 7, noting that it is trailing behind other operating systems.