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Microsoft announces Windows Phone 7 Series

Thursday, February 18, 2010
Finally Microsoft let the cat out of the bag and announced Windows Mobile 7 (or Windows Phone 7 Series) as MS calls it officially at the MWC 2010. The first phones should start selling by this year’s holiday season.

The new Windows Phone 7 is designed for "Life in Motion". And the best about it is that it breaks off with its roots and takes a fundamentally different approach to phone software. It also promises to deliver the ultimate experience as it combines all the today's demands - connecting people, games, multimedia and office - into one really tight, simple and pretty OS.

On the Start screen, dynamically updated “live tiles” show users real-time application information directly, breaking the mold of static icons that serve as shortcuts. And the content on the Windows Phone 7 is organized in the so-called hubs. They bring together both local and online content and services so they can be accessed more easily.

The hubs are:

People: with social networking like Facebook, and later on it may be expanded to Twitter and such.

Pictures: including both your online and saved albums.

Games: allows the gamers to play easily with their friends,  watch videos or trailers or just chat with their game buddies at the official Xbox LIVE on their phones.

Music + Video: including content from a user’s PC, and online music services the same as in Zune portable player (the ipod rival).

Marketplace: including a revamped version of Microsoft’s app store.

Office: offers viewing, creating or editing all kind of notes, docs, presentations, agenda, calendar events, etc.

So, there you have it - Windows Phone 7 platform. It's definitely the huge step Microsoft promised a long time ago, and we can't wait until the end of the year to see the first Windows Phone 7 handsets.

source : http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2010/feb10/02-15MWC10PR.mspx

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