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Windows Phone 7 – The rebirth of microsoft?
Posted October 12th, 2010 No Comments
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windows phone 7Last night Microsoft Corp. joined its partners in revealing nine new Windows Phone 7 handsets that will be available this holiday season from leading mobile operators in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific.

With more than 60 mobile operators in over 30 countries worldwide committed to bringing Windows Phones to market, the millions of people around the world looking for a phone that plays as hard as it works will have a variety of phones from leading device-makers to choose from.

“We have a beautiful lineup in this first wave of Windows Phone 7 handsets,” said Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer at Microsoft. “Microsoft and its partners are delivering a different kind of mobile phone and experience — one that makes everyday tasks faster by getting more done in fewer steps and providing timely information in a ‘glance and go’ format.”

Global Portfolio Microsoft and its partners have worked together closely to create a different kind of phone with new experiences that bring together what people care about most.

Windows Phone 7 will be available in a variety of sleek form factors from device-makers such as Dell, HTC Corp., LG and Samsung, and from mobile operators including América Móvil, AT&T, Deutsche Telekom AG, Movistar, O2, Orange, SFR, SingTel, Telstra, TELUS, T-Mobile USA and Vodafone.

All Windows Phone 7 phones will include the high-performance Snapdragon™ processor from Qualcomm. A broad selection of phones will begin shipping in holiday 2010 with more arriving in 2011, including phones from Sprint and Verizon Wireless. In addition, select models will be available at Microsoft Store locations and from Amazon.

Fueling New Experiences

Windows Phone 7 marks a new era in mobile gaming as the first phone to put the power of Xbox LIVE into the palm of people’s hands with a blockbuster lineup of game titles from award-winning publishers. In addition to the titles already announced earlier this year, Electronic Arts Inc. today announced the first wave of EA games coming to Windows Phone 7 this fall.

As part of Microsoft’s managed portfolio of Xbox LIVE titles, all EA games for Windows Phone 7 will be Xbox LIVE-enabled. EA will deliver a portfolio of titles that offers something for every mobile gamer, from casual to core, including “Need for Speed™ Undercover,” “Tetris®” and “The Sims™ 3.”

Windows Phone 7 is also the first to offer the Zune music experience on a phone: People can play their music collection, synced wirelessly from their PC, or stream or download new tunes from Windows Marketplace. An optional Zune Pass subscription is available.

Search is made easier with a dedicated button to help people find what they need, whether in contacts, in Marketplace, in e-mail or on the Web. From the Start screen, the Search button delivers Bing for mobile, delivering Web results, local information, maps, directions and more.

The Windows Live solution helps people manage pictures, Windows Live calendar, Office OneNote Mobile and more. The free Find My Phone service new on Windows Live can remotely ring, lock, erase and show the location of your phone on a map. Complete information about Windows Phone 7 features and capabilities can be found at http://www.windowsphone.com.

New Windows Phones

The following devices will come to North America, Europe and Asia Pacific in the holiday 2010 timeframe.

In North America:

AT&T

HTC Surround, United States
Samsung Focus, United States
LG Quantum, United States

T-Mobile USA

HTC HD7, United States
Dell Venue Pro, United States

TELUS

HTC 7 Surround, Canada
LG Optimus 7, Canada

América Móvil

LG Optimus 7, Mexico

In Europe:

O2

HTC HD7, United Kingdom, Germany

Orange

HTC 7 Mozart, including France, United Kingdom
Samsung OMNIA 7, including France, United Kingdom

SFR

HTC 7 Trophy, France
Samsung OMNIA 7, France

Movistar

LG Optimus 7, Spain
HTC HD7, Spain
Samsung OMNIA 7, Spain

Deutsche Telekom AG

HTC 7 Mozart, Germany
Samsung OMNIA 7, Germany

Vodafone

HTC 7 Trophy, including Germany, Spain, United Kingdom
LG Optimus 7, including Germany, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom

In Asia Pacific:

SingTel

HTC HD 7, Singapore
LG Optimus 7, Singapore

Telstra

HTC 7 Mozart, Australia
LG Optimus 7Q, Australia

Vodafone

HTC 7 Trophy, including Australia

Time will show if Windows Phone 7 will launch Microsoft back into the top 3 in terms of popularity in the smartphone community. Microsoft has been sitting on the fence for a long, long time (with Windows Mobile 6.1 / 6.5) resulting in a massive market share loss to the more innovative Apple (iphone), Blackberry and Google (Android).

I have to admit I’ve been pretty suprised by the ease of use and the navigation functionality of Windows Phone 7. Most of you know I have NOT been a fan of the last Windows Mobile releases, especially 6.1 and 6.5. Windows Phone 7 has taken a much needed turn for the better and it’s good to see that Microsoft is back in the “competitor seat”.

I have added a good demonstration video of Windows Phone 7 by IntoMobile.com:

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Below is also the most recent ad promoting the huge launch of Windows Phone 7.

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Let the competition begin because Microsoft is back in the game with this one.

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