Microsoft Windows Phone 7 Series – Everything you need to know
OK, so now it’s official – the mother of all comebacks -Microsoft is back in the mobile innovation game with the announcement of the Windows Phone 7 Series.
Before anything else, it seems like Microsoft was bold enough to go with a unique concept. No more shortcut icons a-la-iPhone, no more boring widgets a-la-Android, no more menus, checkboxes and drop down lists, everything is new.
I’m not sure I’m totally “in love” with the visual concept, but I’m very happy there is one. It’s about time we get something new and it’s about time Microsoft will bring it to us.
The UI looks fresh, innovative, and very “human”. It’s built as a large surface that is presented as small frames. so that every time you navigate from one screen to another you are aware of your current location in the entire space.
There’s a very clean and practical connection between contacts and their recent updates in social networks. That may not be as innovative anymore, but the way Microsoft has implemented it is really good.
Synching is done wirelessly but unlike Google “all in cloud” approach, Microsoft continues to combine both local storage with the cloud – much easier to digest if you ask me…
According to the reports, the calendar app will be more interative and “smart” then before and will pull information from other sets of data (for instance, organizer phone number so you won’t have to copy/paste it…) – Palm’s Synergy? Who cares!? It’s so cool.
Xbox LIVE – well, I admit I’m not much of a gamer, but I think that this one is one of the “killer features” in the Windows Phone, as Microsoft is combining its’ biggest entertainment asset it has into the phone.
You can read more about what kinds of games will be included in Gizmodo’s explanation.
Every Windows Phone 7 Series device will have three buttons on the front: ‘Start,’ which gives you quick access to those tiles, ‘Search,’ which opens up a context sensitive search bar, and ‘Back. Nice!
Flash is indeed not supported, but with al the Silverlight buzz al over, I am getting the feeling Silverlight will be…
Here’s a “must see” video:
Everything you need to know (Source):
- High resolution, capacitive, multitouch display with gestures that are similar to those in Windows 7 PC operating system
- Each handset will have the same three dedicated buttons: start, Bing search, back button
- UI is touch-friendly throughout the entire OS, no stylus is needed
- Personal and business information is integrated on the handset, emphasis on the dual function of the handset as a personal and business device
- New scrolling, tile based interface for the start screen that dynamically displays updated content and can be customized to display the tiles relevant to each user
- Phone/address auto-detection that links to dialer and map application
- Application bar at the bottom of each application that gives the user quick access to the most used functions within an application
- Bing search with geolocation to provide local results, directions, and business/restaurant reviews
- Focus on efficiency that minimizes the number of touches to perform actions
- Web browser is based upon desktop Internet Explorer code with improved text rendering technology to make web browsing easier
- Focus on the phone as an integrated device with different experiences organized into seven core hubs including
- people (social networking integration)
- pictures (view/share pictures between phone, desktop, and social networks)
- games (Xbox live games and service)
- music + video (Zune)
- marketplace (application store)
- office/productivity (Sharepoint/Exchange support)
- Tighter control over the phones with a minimum hardware definition for handsets to provide a consistent design experience for the user while allowing manufacturers and operators some flexibility to customize the handsets without changing the underlying core
- Windows Live service integration
- No Adobe Flash support in version 1 of the OS
- Close partnership with AT&T and Orange
Microsoft expects the first phones running the software to be available by the end of 2010, and says that network operators including Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Verizon and Vodafone, and vendors including Samsung, LG, Sony-Ericsson and long-time partner HTC have committed to offering devices running Windows Phone 7 Series.
HTC chief executive Peter Chou said the company would launch a series of Windows Phone 7 devices this year.
Microsoft will continue to deliver support for Windows Mobile 6.5 for 3-5 years from its October 2009 launch, but the new Windows Phone seems to be completely different, thus, one might ask himself, isn’t it the time to start abandoning the traditional winMo economy (apps, devices, etc…)?
[UPDATE] Seems like Windows Mobile 6.5.3 will continue to be distributed by bsquare under the brand: Windows Phone 6 Started Edition. It’s not yet approved by Microsoft, but according to rumors and this press release, it looks like it.
Visit the official site WindowsPhone7Series.com for more information.