Microsoft Opens Windows Phone 7 With Five New Phones
Oct 11, 2010, 8:32 AM by Philip Berne
Five new phones with Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 will launch in the U.S. in time for the holiday sales season, the company announced today. The new mobile operating system, which offers a dramatically different look and feel from past Windows Mobile designs, will go on sale worldwide with a total of nine devices available by the end of the year across the globe. In the U.S., HTC will offer the HTC Surround on AT&T and the HTC HD7 on T-Mobile. Samsung and LG will sell their first Windows Phone 7 phones, the Samsung Focus and the LG Quantum, only on AT&T. Dell will offer its second smartphone for the U.S. market, the Dell Venue Pro, on T-Mobile. All of the new phones will use the Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, including the Samsung Focus, even though Samsung uses its own branded Hummingbird processor on its Galaxy S Android devices. As previously reported the original launch group includes only GSM carriers, but Microsoft says Verizon Wireless and Sprint will launch Windows Phone 7 devices in 2011.
Sprint Says New Windows Phones On the Way
Sprint reaffirmed its commitment to Microsoft's Windows Phone platform today after the HTC 8XT vanished from its web site. The 8XT and Samsung ATIV S Neo are the only Windows Phones Sprint has sold this year.
Microsoft Details Windows 10 Versions
Microsoft today said it will offer seven versions of Windows 10, including one tailored specifically for mobile phones. The versions are called Windows 10 Home, Pro, Mobile, Enterprise, Education, Mobile Enterprise, and IoT Core.
Microsoft Says Windows 10 Arriving This Summer
Microsoft today made a number of announcements regarding Windows 10, including details about its arrival. Microsoft will make Windows 10 available to smartphones, tablets, and PCs "this summer." Previously, Microsoft had only committed to "later this year." In addition to the timetable, Microsoft announced a commitment from Lenovo that will the see the company bring Windows 10 phones to market (in China) by the middle of the year.
Microsoft Says Older Phones Won't Get Windows 10 Until 2016
Microsoft today said owners of handsets running Windows Phone 8 / 8.1 will have to wait a bit longer to receive Windows 10. The update was originally expected to arrive this month, but Microsoft has now delayed the rollout.