Microsoft has finally launched the smartphone the world was waiting for – the Windows Phone 7. The smashing smartphone first showcased earlier [check our previous post] in the year aims at integrating all things that people really want to do but putting them right in front of them – so they can either get done with them or get completely into them. Currently 9 devices will run on Windows 7 – three each from HTC, Samsung and LG
The phone uses an elegant operating system that is very different from the current trend toward app-focused phones. Instead it provides active and configurable interface elements called tiles that update on the fly with real information, allowing users to place the tiles that interest them most where they want on their Start screen. Facebook photos, music and contacts are pulled into the phone and distributed appropriately across Hubs. It also brings together many of Microsoft’s popular offerings from other platforms, including Xbox, Zune, Office and Bing.
The phone’s interface features Hubs for categories such as People, Music and video, Photos, Games and Office. These Hubs are never more than a few screens away, no matter how deep the user navigates within the phone. The People Hub, for example, pulls in Facebook status updates from friends as well as providing the more obvious contact information and phone numbers. Users can take actions like responding to updates or sending a text message right from the People Hub rather than having to find and launch a particular app. The Hubs also update live, pulling in pictures and information so that in many cases a glance and a couple of clicks will be all that users need to bring themselves up to date with phone messages, e-mail and what is happening with friends and colleagues.
Let’s take a look at all of these features:
The news is that the phone will make its debut in some European markets on Oct. 21 and in time for the holidays in the U.S. Microsoft has asked all its to shift to this phone as soon as it is launched…well, don’t I wish I was a Microsoft employee.. 🙂