After being the laughing stock of the mobile world for it’s poor Mobile OS, Microsoft today came out with big guns and showed Windows Mobile 7 to the world. The new OS is officially dubbed Windows Mobile Series 7.
First of all, let me give Kudos to Microsoft for keeping such a tight lid on their new OS. While many companies (eg Sony PS3) keep getting leaked info, Microsoft has so far done a good job of keeping a lot of things internal and now have given people a surprise with Windows Mobile 7
Now, Windows Mobile Series 7 is completely revamped. I can officially say that this is the unofficially Zune Phone. In saying that, the phone’s UI is completely Zune Like.
Microsoft seems to be going social with the inclusion of social media like Windows Live, Facebook and Twitter on it’s home screen. There’s also inclusion of Xbox Live. Some features in Live include Friends list, Avatars and Live Games.
Carrier partnerships include AT&T, Deutsche Telekom AG, Orange, SFR, Sprint, Telecom Italia, Telefónica, Telstra, T-Mobile USA, Verizon Wireless and Vodafone, while hardware partners include Dell, Garmin-Asus, HTC, HP, LG, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Toshiba and Qualcomm.
It also has push notification from the demo I saw. It tracks updates from your Facebook, Mail Account and Twitter feed. Windows Mobile 7 will work with the cloud and pull photos from Facebook and make them look like they’re locally on the phone.
There is also Microsoft Office but there was not a lot shown so maybe when Microsoft Office 2010 comes out, more details will be released.
All in all, Windows Mobile Series 7 is just like a Zune HD but with phone features and cloud integration.
Kudos to Microsoft have implementing a great UI into their mobile OS. Even though Microsoft has some catching up to do, you still have to give them credit for not laying back and doing nothing. Tip of the hat to you Redmond.
This is exactly like the Zune HD UI. The only difference is that the tiles will auto-update. Most tiles include Mail, Text and contact list.
The Zune service is making its move onto the new OS. The Zune Marketplace as well as the UI is present here. It’s exactly how it looks on the Zune HD. The question many are asking is if the Zune HD will have another version come out since it’s now on a phone or is the Zune HD the last piece of music hardware we see from Microsoft.
The hubs include People, Mail, and Microsoft Office. Some of these hubs are cloud based such as the Photo Hub. It’s a unique look to the Windows OS.
The browser is still IE but the guys at Microsoft say it’s a new edition. So far, it doesn’t look like anything special but it seems a step above the previous versions.
Every Windows Phone will have a dedicated search button and pressing that button will bring up the Bing search. It looks pretty well done. The search button will work in different situations such as bring up a search option in the contacts list.