Entries in Windows Phone 7 (4)


Windows 7 OS Update: 'Delightful to Use, Look At'

Microsoft(NEW YORK) -- Windows Phone 7 is getting a major software update this fall. It's nicknamed Mango.

The Wall Street Journal's Katie Boehret was impressed with the visual and audio effects.

"They're constantly changing with updates about people or music or news or location information, and that kind of thing," she said. "And they're kind of dancing on the screen as you look at the phone...this magical whimsy is really incorporated into the phone, and I think it's very delightful to use and look at."

Mango will be available for Windows phones from all the major U.S. carriers.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Microsoft Plans for Windows Phone 7 Upgrade

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(REDMOND, Wash.) -- Microsoft is the latest company looking to turn smartphones into video game remotes. Microsoft says it hopes to connect phones running on its Windows Phone 7 software to its Xbox video game console.

The company showed a video of one player using the Xbox Kinect while two others joined in on their phones.

The new feature is expected to be added later this year.

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Windows Phone 7 Hits the US; AT&T First to Carry Smart Phones

Photo Courtesy - Microsoft/AT&T/Samsung(NEW YORK) -- Microsoft and its partners will begin selling their latest attempt at a smart phone in the U.S. on Monday. 

Windows Phone 7, the software giant's latest mobile operating system, will feature a user interface different from those offered by such competitors as Android and iPhone.  Rather than focusing on applications -- Windows Phone 7 will launch with about 1,000 apps compared to iPhone and Android's marketplace of 100,000 plus apps -- the operating system will be more task-driven.

Windows Phone 7 organizes various tasks into hubs, allowing users to do multiple things in one place rather than having to running several apps.  The hubs will be broken down into: People, Pictures, Music and Videos, Games, Office and Marketplace.

AT&T will be the first to launch a smart phone using the new operating system in the U.S. with the Samsung Focus.  The cellphone provider will follow with the HTC Surround and the LG Quantum in the upcoming weeks.  T-Mobile users will also get a chance to try out Windows Phone 7 when it launches with the HTC HD7 and Dell Venue Pro in time for the holiday season.

Windows Phones have already been relatively successful in European and Asian markets, where the product was launched three weeks ago.

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iPhone, Blackberry Beware: New Competitor Hitting Stores

Photo Courtesy - Microsoft(NEW YORK) -- The presidents of Microsoft and AT&T are expected to officially launch the latest version of Microsoft's mobile operating system on Monday.  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will unveil "Windows Phone 7", as well as when smart phones will carry it, at a news conference in New York.

The software giant's latest mobile OS will feature a user interface different from those offered by such competitors as Android and iPhone.

Avi Greengart, research director for Consumer Devices at Current Analysis, explained the new look of the interface to ABC News Radio. 

He says, "It presents you with a certain amount of information right on the home page and then you can move from the home page into what they're calling hubs that are the areas of related information.  So you might have a hub that's based around people and might email them from there or call them from there.  And you might have a hub that's based on music or entertainment."

Greengart adds, "It looks very much different from everything else on the market.  And it's not different just for the sake of being different.  It's different because Microsoft thinks this is a better way of navigating around a mobile device."

"Windows Phone 7" will take advantage of all of Microsoft's digital assets, including Bing and Hotmail, and will offer a mobile version of "Xbox Live" to users.

"There will actually be games that you'll be able to play across both your phone and your home entertainment system," Greengart says.

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio

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