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One thing we know as of right now with Windows Phone 7 is that customization will be drastically limited. At least until the folks at XDA figure out to root and mess with the OS.

An example of what customizations you can do will be the use of "themes" which is a generous description for changing some font colors and accents. Yeah, basically it's not much. One example is in "Pivot" (below) the other "Panorama" (above) which are two of the formating options for programs by developers.

Still, it's better you know now what you can and can't out of the gate then later. So commence logging your complaints in comments...now.

[via @justingangel]

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

8 Comments
  • I really hope WP7 isn't the end of the custom ROM, that's all I can say.
  • Good riddance to crap like Sense, I say. Eye-candy at the expense of stability is worthless.
  • I'm actually with you on this as I'm sort of tired of skins too. I just want a smooth, consistent UI. Let the Android kids play with/take over the custom homescreen scene, lol.
  • Me too, I much rather Microsoft personalize my experience for me. I've never been good at making my own decisions.
  • I don't really understand what's going on in the pictures... What's the different between Pivot and Panorama? Does it mean the background changes each slide with Pivot while Panorama just moves the picture slightly? Anyway, I don't think I'd have a problem with Metro UI, so all I'd really want to customize is the background and text color anyway. Changing font styles would be a bonus of course and I'm sure they can figure out how to do that easily if they wanted to.
  • The panorama is like a giant picture you scroll to see more of. The pivot is the menu system where you swipe to go to another category. Poor description, but you should see the difference. As you can see in the bottom pic, London, Paris, and New York are different categories.
  • One thing that's not really great about WP7 is all these ugly tiles and everyone is trying to copy them. I just made icons and answered peoples questions how to work with WAD2. WP7 themes so far have been ugly and this screen shot is by far the worst.
  • I see your point, but I would just suggest a couple of things: -Mostly what you are seeing are developers just fiddling around, practicing and experimenting. They just got new tool and are seeing what they can do -Just because they can write XNA/Silverlight, doesn't mean they know how to write a good mobile app--it takes practice -the developer tools aren't finished yet by Microsoft