Microsoft will reportedly show off its Windows Mobile 7 operating system at next month's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The software giant aims to get the code ready by summer, so the first device with the new OS can ship before the end of the year. Additionally, you can also expect to hear some information about an upcoming consumer phone from Microsoft.
Separately, though, Microsoft is also working on a new consumer phone line, early pictures of which cropped up last year, that is designed to be the next generation of the Sidekick product line that Microsoft inherited with its acquisition of Danger.
Although it is not a widely rumored "Zune Phone," the new consumer device is based on Windows Mobile and likely to be able to connect to Zune and other consumer services that Microsoft has been developing for some time now, sources said. That product, also due to arrive this year, should come earlier in the year ahead of Windows Mobile 7 devices.