Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Windows Phone 7
Microsoft took the wraps off of Windows Phone 7 Series (the official name for Windows Mobile 7s) which is a complete overhaul from previous versions of the OS...Slick, Touch-Friendly User Interface.
The Quick Launch screen is a far-cry from the old Windows Mobile start screen. Large, colorful tiles serve as shortcuts to your most-used or favorite apps or Web sites. You can also place live tiles on the screen with links to your Facebook profile or friends.
These tiles are live, meaning if the content of the app or site is updated, the tile will update on your screen. So if you have a link to a friend's Facebook profile on your Quick Launch screen, that tile will update when they change their picture. It is a bit creepy if you don't know them very well, but cool nonetheless.
The People Hub aggregates you friends from all of your social networks in three screens: Recent, All, What's New
If you're an Xbox owner and want to keep tabs on your friends' achievements, Windows 7 phones will come with a mobile version of Xbox Live . Users will also be able to purchase games and apps easily from the Windows Marketplace as well.
According to Microsoft, hardware partners will not be able to replace the Windows 7 UI.
Microsoft is also taking further control over the hardware side. All Windows Series 7 phones will ship with three hardware buttons: Home, Search, and Back. They'll also all be capacitive touch-enabled with multitouch.