The most expected announcement of day and maybe the congress, is the one made by Microsoft who made a preview of how Windows Phone 7 series phone will look. The new OS has been presented by Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer itself and brings some quality updates.
In the left picture we see that the start screen is a collection of live updates coming from several sources such as phone, social networks, mail, pictures, xbox live games, zune music, internet explorer and so on. The start screen can be customized by user who can move or add different tiles.
Every phone that will have Windows 7 series, will come with 3 hardware buttons: Back, Start and Search. The search button(Bing) will reveal relevant web or local information based on your query.
Hubs bring together related content from the Web, applications and services into a single view to simplify common tasks. Windows Phone 7 Series includes six hubs built on specific themes reflecting activities that matter most to people: People, Pictures, Games, Music+Video, Marketplace, Office.
- People hub features live updates(feeds) gathered from social networks.
- Picture hub show photos synced from PC, taken with the camera device or a feed with latest photos made by your friend and available on social network.
- Games hub gives you Xbox Live games, scores, avatars.
- Music and Video hub will work just like a Zune and will provide 3-party apps experiences. It plays the content from a user PC, online music and FM radio stations.
- Marketplace hub delivers apps and games.
- Office hub will give you access to Office, OneNote and SharePoint Workspace and help you to read, edit and share documents.
As Microsoft says this isn’t a next chapter in the smartphones, this is a new beginning. The first (Windows Phone 7 series) phones will be available by Holiday 2010.
Partners from around the world have committed to include Windows Phone 7 Series in their portfolio plans. They include mobile operators AT&T, Deutsche Telekom AG, Orange, SFR, Sprint, Telecom Italia, Telefónica, Telstra, T-Mobile USA, Verizon Wireless and Vodafone, and manufacturers Dell, Garmin-Asus, HTC Corp., HP, LG, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Toshiba and Qualcomm Inc. The first phones will be available by holiday 2010. Customers who would like to receive additional information about Windows Phone 7 Series and be notified when it is available can register at .