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Microsoft Officially Shows Off Windows Phone 7 Series

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Feb 15, 2010, 9:00 AM   by Philip Berne
updated Feb 15, 2010, 11:21 AM

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer today unveiled Windows Phone 7 Series, the company's newest mobile operating system, at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The new Windows Phone 7 Series is a complete departure from the original operating system, a paradigm that had gone mostly unchanged for years. The user interface gets a complete overhaul, now relying on actively updating "live tiles" and "hubs" that gather features and content into onscreen panels, instead of the usual icon-based grid of applications. The new experience is reminiscent of the interface on Microsoft's Zune HD media player, and in fact Windows Phone 7 Series users will also get access to their Zune music and multimedia selections on their phone. In addition to Zune support, new Windows Phone 7 Series devices will also play games from Microsoft's Xbox Live service, and popular Xbox Live features like player avatars and achievement points will also be part of the Windows Phone 7 experience. For business users, Windows Phone 7 Series devices will come with Microsoft's Office Mobile suite of applicatons, as well as OneNote and Sharepoint for business collaboration. Microsoft will also be including social networking integration on the new phones, so contact information, photos and events from your social networks, in addition to status updates, will be integrated with the contacts interface. Microsoft will offer a dedicated Marketplace onboard to download new third-party software. Microsoft is working on new devices with a wide range of partner companies, including HTC, Samsung, LG, Sony Ericsson, Dell, HP, AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint and T-Mobile USA. The first Windows Phone 7 Series devices will hit the market in the holiday season of 2010. Additional details about the platform will be shared at the company's Mix event next month.

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To all of you anti-iPhone Pro-MS Fanboys.... bluecoyote Feb 15, 2010, 6:10 PM
Yay! Hope they release a beta so we can get a feel buffalosolja42 Feb 15, 2010, 9:17 AM
Damn, MS! bluecoyote Feb 15, 2010, 11:56 AM
Not a huge fan of winmo... ads1525 Feb 15, 2010, 11:19 AM
 
 
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