Microsoft has introduced the newest generation of its Windows Mobile product at MWC in Barcelona today and named it the Windows Phone 7 Series, it will be ready in the 2010 Holiday season.
There is a lot of talk about the interface and how Microsoft Has Out-Appled Apple (courtesy Gizmodo) and speculation on the apps to be offered right now. Obviously, we want to know the price points, the feature set the phone has and finally what the overall TCO (total cost of ownership) will be, but, we have a few more seasons before that info is released.
According to their press release: “For the first time ever, Microsoft will bring together Xbox LIVE games and the Zune music and video experience on a mobile phone, exclusively on Windows Phone 7 Series.”
By looking at the Microsoft Windows Phone 7 website, here is what we’ve gathered:
- Home Screen: The home screen or “start” in Windows Phone 7 will be customizable with “live tiles” that show the latest updates from around the web”
- Real Time / Live Updates: Microsoft has put together a heavy focus on the “live” and “real time” abilities that this phone and the new interface brings to people.
- Multimedia: There seems to be a heavy focus with the ability to share pictures in “one step” via the Social Web, the only official Xbox LIVE experience on a phone, and Music/Video via Zune and a Zune Social experience.
- Apps (or Marketplace): Microsoft hints at an “app store” as its been dubbed in the past with their “Marketplace” which will offer applications and games.
Here is a Windows Phone 7 Series features video that Microsoft has put together:
What do you think of the latest from Windows Mobile with the Windows Phone 7 Series? Do you think people will switch from the iPhone & Android platforms to Windows Mobile?
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