Microsoft Windows Phone 7 is here. Microsoft has launched a new game changing operating system. And it has not one, not two but 9 phones to go with it. All the manufacturers from LG, HTC to the sturdy Dell are part of the entourage.
Most promising features of Windows Phone 7 :
- Tiles which can be accessed, pushed around, deleted etc…
- Tight cloud integration for all third party apps as well as the native apps.
9 Phones revealed :
- LG Quantum : A promising QWERTY keyboard. Price : $199.99
- HTC Surround – 16GB of onboard storage, 5MP camera. Priced : $199.99.
- Samsung Focus — Super AMOLED screen, Snapdragon CPU, 8GB
- Dell Venue Pro
- LG Optimus 7
- HTC HD7
- Samsung Omnia 7
- HTC 7 Trophy
- HTC 7 Mozart
Greatest feature of Windows Phone 7 is its hubs. There are a total of 6 hubs which are tightly integrated with many cloud services. EBay, IMDB, Bing, XBox Live, Zune and the omnipresent Facebook.
4 Hubs which are worth mentioning :
- 1. People hub – A strong Facebook integration
2. Office hub – Well, A strong office live integration.
3. Music and video hub is tightly integrated with Zune.
4. Games hub talks with XBOX live which is rich and delightful.
All the 9 Windows Phones which will be available will be amazing game machines. There was a demonstration of Ilo and Milo game in 3D and it is amazing. You gotta see it to believe it.
Microsoft’s famous Copy and paste feature will not be part of the current operating sysetem. There will be an upgrade in 2011 and all the phones will be upgraded to this must-have feature.
Windows Phone supports third party applications and they will be present as tiles – which is a very neat feature of the phone. IMDB application which is a third party app can be searched for a movie, and it shows the movie results and shows the location of the place the movie is being is played with the timings by talking to the IMDB service.
Windows integration with Bing is amazing too. With a simple voice command, flight information is shown on the Bing search engine. I guess, the future is here after all.
There’s no mention of India launch.