It has been a while since we last spoke about Windows Phone 7 and with the developer’s devices shipping soon and an official release date expected for this Fall let’s take a look at the latest news and videos of Windows Phone 7!
Microsoft recently held their Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) and of course they have talked about Windows Phone 7. We learnt a few things and everyone should get quite excited by the upcoming launch as Microsoft is working on some pretty cool features.
Here is a non-exhaustive list of what we know about Windows Phone 7 by now:
- The lock screen will be customizable
- The home screen cannot be changed by 3rd party, it means HTC and others might be able to add some tiles but there will be no HTC Sense on Windows Phone 7 devices.
- Microsoft bets on putting everything on the cloud so your phone, computer etc will all be able to share the music you download on Zune, the videos etc. This is neat and definitely a differentiator compared to the iPhone or Android devices.
- While Windows Phone 7 seems targeted towards consumers Microsoft is not forgetting its business users.
- One single view of your contacts so if you exchange emails with the same contacts using their corporate or personal emails you will not end up with duplicated contacts.
- Zune goes global and everyone around the world will be able to use it.
- Microsoft wants to integrate Windows Phone 7 devices with the Xbox, computers running on Windows.
- Microsoft is offering financial support to iPhone developers (and apps developers in general) to develop for the Windows Phone 7 platform. Hopefully thousands of apps will be available from day one.
- MyPhone will become Windows Phone Live which will be a central place on the cloud where your contacts, pictures, videos can be stored so you can access them from anywhere (Xbox, computer etc.)
All in all I think Microsoft is heading in the right direction and with the proper marketing support the launch this Fall might be successful!
Take a look at the video below shot by longzheng which shows in details the latest version of the Windows Phone 7 emulator: