Windows Phone 7 Series: What you need to know going in

Windows Phone 7 Series is official, and so ends the Windows Mobile era. You undoubtedly have questions, and we have answers. So here we go.

  • The usual suspects are lined up around the block for Windows Phone 7 Series, including 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.
  • Manufacturers include Dell, Garmin-Asus, HTC Corp., HP, LG, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Toshiba and Qualcomm Inc.
  • The first phones are expected to be available by the 2010 holiday season.
  • Xbox Live and Zune are coming to the phone. But don't even think about calling it an Xbox phone or a Xune phone.
  • The Zune ecosystem is going international (finally!), as is the desktop software.
  • The Windows Phone 7 Series experience is based around a series of "hubs." The hubs include "People," "Pictures," "Games," "Music and video," "Marketplace" and "Office."
  • The Windows Mobile name is no more. Gone. Kaput.
  • Bing is front and center, as you'd expect.

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Windows Phone 7 Series: What you need to know going in


No devices until the 2010 holiday season? Talk about too little, too late. Unless this OS simply blows everything else away (think mental telepathy) Win phone 7 is dead in the water. Between BB, iPhone, Android, and maybe even WebOS, there will be few left who care. And what's with the name? Doesn't exactly roll right off the tonque, does it.

And now comes the long long wait for WinPho7 (you heard that term here first! :-D ) ?

q - and any news about non-touch devices?

a few questions

- will the next version of visual studio have any special facilities to assist with windows phone based development? if yes, what?

- will there be any WinMo 6 to WinPho 7 app conversion tools? if so, what?

- what about non-touch screen devices? are there any required hardware specifications? or is this where "pink" come in?

- will all syncing require zune on the desktop?

- what about google services integration? what will be available, if anything?

- probably this will not get an answer at this point, but what is the planning for marketing?

thank you! the live feed was awesome by the way!

Well, I just got a TouchPro2 a few months ago, which despite it being one of the top line WinMo smartphones, I'm sure is too antequated out of the box to even consider running the new WinPho7. Will MS be throwing us Model-T drivers a bone by ever updating 6.5.x to, say, basic touch phone UI funcionality levels closer on par with Palm or Apple, or are we now all just dead in the water, left by the wayside.

If you have a TP2 and you have issues touching the interface, then you must have tree trunks for fingers.

Don't all carriers already have 6.5 out for it?

uuuhhgg!!!! holidays!!!

can 6.5 be updated to 7? can the hd2 handle 7 with ease?

This looks very exciting. Hopefully the HTC HD2 will be upgradeable to this. I can't wait to get the HD2, and can't wait even more to put THIS on it. Well done Windows.

Windows 7 is so different from WM6.5 that I see no value in going to it. The alternatives are already ahead and won't be standing still, while WM7 will be playing catch-up at the cost of hardware and possible software compatibility. I'll stick with my TP2, but will probably abandon WM as a platform after that.