Windows Phone 7 Series Announced – Details and Impressions

Posted by Tanmay | Posted in Events, Windows Phone 7 | Posted on 15-02-2010


Windows Phone 7 Series was just announced Officially at the Mobile World Congress 2010. This new version of Windows Phone marks the beginning of a new era. Windows Phone OS has been totally re-vamped and built up from ground up!

The new Interface is inspired from Microsoft’s highly successful Zune Interface. Everything is super slick and tightly integrated with each other. The look is simplistic yet feature rich.

Microsoft has roped in lots of Carriers and Hardware Partners to promote its new Windows Phone 7 Series. Some of the major Carrier Partners include AT&T, Deutsche Telekom AG, Orange, SFR, Sprint, Telecom Italia, Telefónica, Telstra, T-Mobile USA, Verizon Wireless and Vodafone, while hardware partners include Dell, Garmin-Asus, HTC, HP, LG, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Toshiba and Qualcomm.

The Start screen majorly consists of what’s called as “Live Panels“. These panels constantly update Live data from services such as Facebook and Windows Live.¬† Browsing throughout the UI is full of pan in and out animations which look terrific.

Peoples Hub

The Peoples Application is where the Facebook integration with the the OS at System level really shines. Real time live data is pulled from your Facebook account and people with whom your most frequently interact are shown in a slick interface along with their most recent status updates. Again every information be it Contacts or Profile Pics are stored on the cloud.

XBox Live integration seems a major step in bringing Gaming to a Mobile level and connecting Microsoft’s highly successful XBox Gaming Console.

Microsoft Office integration too is worth appreciating. The way in which every thing fits together seamlessly seems unbelievable. Cloud Syncing will play a major role in keeping all your Documents and Data synced.

The Music and Video Application is completely taken off a Zune. So now technically Every Windows 7 Phone is a Zune Device.

The real awesomeness of this amazing new Mobile Operating System can only be fully understood by looking at it in action.

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The few drawback I noticed were :

  • No Flash Support (initially)
  • No Multitasking Support (support via Push Notifications)
  • Devices will be costly as there’s a pretty high Hardware Requirement.
  • Expected to Launch Late 2010 Holiday Season

Microsoft has really made an impact this time and Windows Phone as a platform is going to be huge! Details on what Microsoft’s plans on 3rd Party Application Support is still unannounced as of now. But one thing is for sure, Microsoft has produced a Winner this time!

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