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by George Heymann

Microsoft Windows Phone 7 event!

The recently held Microsoft Windows Phone 7 event saw company officials announce the first 10 handsets to support the platform. Handsets are coming soon from launch partners Samsung, LG, HTC and Dell.

The handsets are expected to be available in Europe and Asia later this month and in the U.S. in early November. Microsoft  has a commitment from “60 mobile operators in over 30 countries worldwide.”

Microsoft is touting its new UI for Windows Phone 7 as “Glance and Go. Windows Phone 7 breaks the current smartphone convention to help people quickly and easily find and consume data, information and services from the Web and applications. The new phones are distinguished by unique design and integrated experiences built from Microsoft’s deep portfolio such as Xbox LIVE, Microsoft Office Mobile, Zune, Windows Live, Bing and more.”

I like what Microsoft has done with the mobile platform revamp. The interface is good looking, functional and very fluid. (see video link below).

Windows Phone 7 Key Features:

  • Push notifications
  • Silverlight
  • Location Services
  • Enhanced Marketplace
  • Free Development Tools
  • Zune Client
  • Multitasking (Advanced Task/Switching)
  • Copy and Paste
  • Microsoft Live Gaming

I believe Microsoft’s problem is the fact the company has dragged its feet in updating the Windows Phone platform. Android and Apple both have tremendous momentum in the mobile space.

Will Microsoft be able to iterate its platform on a timely basis in order to keep up with the other players? This has always been its Achilles heel.
It remains to be seen if Microsoft can adapt its business strategies to once again be a major player in this ever more important mobile space.
If you would like to see a concise mobile OS roundup, check the story @ http://bit.ly/cmNTrv.

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One Response

  1. ip camera says:

    .. beautiful …

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