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Windows Phone 7 officially unveiled by Microsoft

Post by maximus » Tue Oct 12, 2010 9:08 am

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Microsoft has officially launched Windows Phone 7 with a speech by figurehead Steve Ballmer in New York and an appearance by iPhone-loving Stephen Fry at the London event.

Steve Ballmer announced that nine handsets would be available at launch, which is a global figure. Six phones are being announced at the launch event in the UK, the HTC HD7, HTC 7 Trophy, LG Optimus 7, Samsung Omnia 7 and the HTC 7 Mozart as well as the oddly-named Dell Venue Pro.

"We have a beautiful lineup in this first wave of Windows Phone 7 handsets," said Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer at Microsoft, as he formally announced the mobile OS that was previously shown off at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona back in February.

"Microsoft and its partners are delivering a different kind of mobile phone and experience — one that makes everyday tasks faster by getting more done in fewer steps and providing timely information in a 'glance and go' format."

All of Britain's major networks have got their hands on exclusive deals for some of these handsets, which represent a huge push by Microsoft to compete with the likes of BlackBerry OS, Apple's iOS 4 and Android from Google.

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Microsoft has acknowledged that its previous Windows Mobile offerings have not been strong outside of the business sector, and is hoping that this latest effort can put it back among the contenders.

To that end, some of the company's biggest brands have been included, including gaming tie-ups with Xbox, Zune media, Office and Exchange support and, of course, the use of the Windows brand.


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Re: Windows Phone 7 officially unveiled by Microsoft

Post by Bjth » Tue Oct 12, 2010 9:18 am

Was reading something about this in the paper last night, looks rather interesting, as it says microsoft have never been very good at the mobile market so lets see if it picks up.

HTC ect are not throwing android out the window, which is always a good sign. As there is apparently room for both.

Microsoft here we go again is all I can say.. Hoping for them this actually pulls away, unlike their last release which lasted a full 6 months before being abandoned.

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Re: Windows Phone 7 officially unveiled by Microsoft

Post by maximus » Tue Oct 12, 2010 9:29 am

Yeah got to say I don't have a lot of confidence in windows based phones. Past efforts have been rather slow and a bit clunky to use. Also given the OS's inherent ability to slow down over time, unlike the MAC OS, I doubt I'll be switching any time soon.
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