With the latest release of the Windows Phone 7 beta emulator, a lot of changes have happened, especially for developers.
When running the emulator on a computer, as Long Zheng did at iStartedSomething, the first thing you'll notice is just how fast the OS has become. Remember, this is independent of your PC's performance (for the most part) as the earlier builds were much slower to respond. Now things like Mobile Internet Explorer and even the regular menus all instantly respond to input. Also worth a note is ringtones and alerts are now included, which while not earth shattering we do dig the overall tone/theme-- it sounds sort of futuristic, far from bombastic.
We have to admit, we're starting to get real excited, especially seeing this on some serious hardware come the fall. Check out both videos after the jump.
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It's good that they showed the theme color change at the end. I'm not liking the skinny white font over a solid black background that much. Looks like it may be difficult to read and there's a lof of wasted spacing on some areas. It looked a bit easier to read when it switched to black letters on white background, but I hope the font type/font size/colors are very customizable. I bet not, but perhaps. Overall, I'm not sure that this will be very efficient to use in day to day use. It's one thing to run through all of the different areas of the UI like the videos show, but in reality, you tend to use a few key areas repeatedly. I know that I like the ability of the current WinMo 6.5 (or 6.1 for that matter) to open my text messaging to read a text, but then just swipe left or right to get to my email accounts when I want to reply to a text via email or vice versa. Wondering how efficiently you can move between accounts like Exchange/Gmail/Yahoo/etc on WP7? I'd like to see examples of cut/copy/paste in various areas of the UI as well.
I was pretty sure that you can have thread conversations with text and email on WinPho7 correct me if I'm mistaken but yeah thats what I though it did?
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