We're live from the Greatest City in the World (that'd be New York City, folks) for the launch of Windows Phone 7. To say it's been a long time coming is quite the understatement. So join Phil Nickinson and Daniel Rubino (aka Malatesta) after the break, as the bring you the happenings as they, erm happen. The program starts at 9:30 a.m. EDT/6:30 a.m. PDT.
Though we expect to see this bad boy tomorrow at around noon for ourselves, TMoNews is reporting that the U.S. T-Mobile branded version of the HD7 will indeed have 16GB of storage, up from the European 8GB.
For many, that small bit of storage was a deal killer but 16GB is certainly a lot better. Other than that though, the specs are the same and as you can see, that's a new pic of it with the branding. Full specs after the break. Oh and expect this sucka for $199 after contract.
With Windows Phone 7 launching tomorrow, we figured it was time to update our site to match the new branding and new vision coming out of Redmond. Enter wpcentral, the new home for your Windows Phone fix!
We have a new domain and a new look that's better fitting with the times but doesn't pretend that the great interface that Microsoft created for phones is what you want visiting a website on your browser (a mobile version is coming soon!). We've updated our commenting system too and you can expect plenty of improvements there in the coming weeks. Up top we've added the Billboard, which features the top stories from wpcentral so you can quickly find the most important content.
Expect plenty of Windows Phone 7 content coming your way as well - in-depth how-to articles, game reviews, and of course the news you've long come to expect from WMExperts - actually, make that wpcentral.
Let us know what you think in the comments below and please be forgiving if you see a bug here or there - we're working feverishly to quash them all.
Everything from the basics to email to Office Mobile is covered. You have information on how to set up your Windows Live ID and your XBox Live Account. There is so much information in the Help and How-to site that it's a little overwhelming.
The site is basically an online owners manual for Windows Phone 7 and is a good way to get familiar with OS before it hits the shelves.
Microsoft Showcase has added three new videos highlighting Windows Phone 7. The first video highlights speech recognition while the other two touch on the personalizing the Start screen and the search function.
The videos run about 1.5 minutes and will definitely add to the anticipation. They're also a good way to become familiar with the new system.
Police Scanner for Windows Phone 7, developed by Carmelo Milian (developer of PhotoWiz), is dialed in and ready for release. The application taps into Police and other emergency service feeds from various cities in the U.S. and abroad.
Based on the demo video, locations range from Los Angeles, California to Memphis, Tennessee to Manitoba, Canada. The application browses for feeds, pick country, then state, then get all feeds (a little over 2,000). You also have a handy "Ten Code" reference to make it easy to interpret what "10-09" or "10-20" means.
Police Scanner is an interesting application that brings a new twist to Windows Phone 7. It will be nice to see this one in action.
Rumors of Windows Phone 7 hitting the shelves in Europe on October 21, 2010 isn't anything new. But we are now seeing signs that the Windows Marketplace will have over 2,000 applications at launch.
A leaked Three UK (wireless provider) document indicates that the Windows Marketplace will be well populated with applications at launch. A clear sign that developers have been working in high gear to give users plenty of choices at launch.
A few more videos have surfaced over at Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 Youtube Channel. The thirty-forty second spots highlight the Xbox Live Avatar and several keyboard featured. Just enough to wet your whistle for Monday's launch.
Ease on past the break to see the short video on Windows Phone 7 emoticons.
The S280 Side Case from HTC is being offered over at the WMExperts.com Accessory Store for $19.95. The unique design makes the case stand out amongst the other side cases the Store offers.
The S280 is cut to fit a wide range of HTC devices including the Tilt2/Touch Pro 2, Imagio, Snap, Pure and any other similarly sized Windows Phones. Curious how design meets functionality, we took the S280 out for a test drive with the AT&T Tilt2.
Ease on past the break to see what type of impression this HTC Case left with us.
With Windows Phone 7 right around the corner, is there anything you can do to prepare for the new Windows Phones? Windows Phone 7 will offer a lot of new features and capabilities and while we all will have a learning curve with the new system, there are a few things you can do to get a leg up on things.
Three areas come to mind; Windows Live, Xbox Live, and Zune. Ease on past the break to see what you can do with Windows Live to prepare for Windows Phone 7.
We've seen photos of the HTC Mondrian but we havent' seen it with any AT&T branding (where it's likely to land). We now have a rendering from ROM aficionado 911sniper that shows the Mondrian with AT&T branding.
There's no telling what the actual device will look like or if it will keep the Mondrian tag. But it's always nice to see these renderings and think of the possibility. Hopefully, over the next few days everything will come into focus and we'll have "official" images of the Windows Phone 7 devices headed our way.
Taking you to from the phone to the web to the PC, the video touches on several ways you can use cloud services via Windows Live and Xbox Live. It also touches on the upcoming Windows Phone Live services that can be used to secure and locate a lost phone.
AT&T has increased their Early Upgrade pricing that may impact how quickly Windows Phone 7 devices move off the shelves.
Effective October 3, 2010, upgrade pricing for Smartphones will increase from the two-year commitment price plus $75 to the two-year price plus $200. The example used on an internal document obtained by BGR has the Blackberry Torch would carry a $399 early upgrade price ($199 two year price pluse $200). According to AT&T this still represents a savings of $100 off the non-commitment price of $499.
The justification for this change; "As smartphones become increasingly more sophisticated, the cost of these devices has also increased.". Smartphones are becoming more sophisticated and capable, but a 166% increase?
The new policy doesn't apply to iPhones or basic/quick messaging phones. No word as of yet if the new Windows Phone 7 devices will be exempt or not.