There are lots of rumors that Microsoft is planning to show off Windows Mobile 7 at the Mobile World Congress on February 15th in Barcelona. The consensus is that this version will not be backwards compatible with the previous Windows Mobile versions, and will not directly run Windows Mobile 5/6 applications. This suggests that Windows Mobile 7 might not be based on Windows CE, but something more like the Zune OS. It sounds as though Microsoft is aiming this version more squarely at Consumers to compete with the iPhone and Android, instead of Enterprise users who need Office and Exchange integration.
The impact of this to the Data Collection world would be interesting. Would device manufacturers use this new version, or will there be a compatible flavor, or will this turn out not to be true? Hopefully we will find out in a few weeks!