Amid the madness regarding today’s Android announcement, a bit of slightly less positive news has emerged regarding one of Google’s biggest competitors. Microsoft has quietly revealed that the next iteration of their mobile operating system, Windows Mobile 7, has been officially delayed. The company initially hoped to deliver a feature-complete version of the software by early 2009, a deadline that has now been pushed back until sometime during the second half of the year. While we hope that Microsoft is going back to the drawing board in the interest of incorporating some new functionality, the company’s timing couldn’t be worse. Amid increasing competition from Apple, RIM, and Google, Microsoft really needs to step their pace up, yet this recent news seems to demonstrate that they’re committed to just the opposite. Could we be more disappointed? Probably, but this isn’t the best news for the boys from Redmond.