Microsoft's Steve Ballmer to host Windows Phone announcements at MWC 2010

Microsoft officials have confirmed to Neowin that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will be hosting the Windows Phone Press Conference at Mobile World Congress 2010 next week.

The confirmation of Steve Ballmer's attendance signals a significant product announcement next week in Barcelona. Neowin sources have confirmed that Ballmer will unveil Windows Mobile 7 which will include a Zune HD like interface codenamed "Metro", Xbox and Bing intergration (including navigation), Zune music software and improved games support.

Microsoft are expected to demo several features of the new smartphone operating system but devices will not be available immediately and will ship later in the year.

Neowin will be attending Mobile World Congress 2010 and live blogging the event with Long Zheng from istartedsomething.com. The conference will also be available as a live webcast from http://www.microsoft.com/news/windowsphone

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thealexweb said,
MS I waited for ages for a good version of Windows Phone but I'm sorry your to late I bought an Android.
You're not planning on keeping that phone for the rest of your life though, are you.

Kirkburn said,
You're not planning on keeping that phone for the rest of your life though, are you.

Exactly, when Microsoft put the effort into something they don't give up easily. They're in for the long haul. I'm sure WM7 will be good to start with but they will obviously be updating it.
But thealexweb does have a point, they should have been on the ball and in this position 2 years ago.

I love Windows as much as the next geek, but Ballmer? Come on. They really need to rethink the people they use to push product. Ballmer=no.

Digital.K said,
I love Windows as much as the next geek, but Ballmer? Come on. They really need to rethink the people they use to push product. Ballmer=no.

Yeah, I tried to watch his keynote at CES and it was painful.

Digital.K said,
I love Windows as much as the next geek, but Ballmer? Come on. They really need to rethink the people they use to push product. Ballmer=no.

agreed, ballmer can polish a turd but i don't even think he can save winmo.

Digital.K said,
I love Windows as much as the next geek, but Ballmer? Come on. They really need to rethink the people they use to push product. Ballmer=no.

I actually find Ballmer pretty funny for the CEO of Microsoft, but I prefer Bill Gates for Keynotes on Microsoft.

alpha2beta said,
Ha it says 4:20 on the phone. How Lame am I to think thats kind of funny.

Probably in reference to the so called "4/20" fake-holiday in April.

alpha2beta said,
Ha it says 4:20 on the phone. How Lame am I to think thats kind of funny.

lol funny stuff. Spark it up! Now all stoners are going to go get one of these phones lol

Edited by The Guru Network, Feb 10 2010, 8:32pm :

Doesn't look good according to ppcgeeks.com;

At the Mobile World Congress event on February 15th, 2010, Windows Phone 7 will be unveilved, although at this time plans are only to unveil the user interface of the new platform . Specific indepth functionality of the device will most likely not be shown.

-The User Interface is based upon codename “METRO”. It will be very similar to the Zune HD User Interface with a complete revamp of the “Start” screen. The UI is “Very Clean”, “Soulful” and “Alive”
-Unfortunately there will be no Flash support at the get go as there was not enough time to implement these features.
-Windows Phone 7 will only support application installation through service based delivery. (i.e Marketplace). Application installation via storage card will not be possible.
- No Multi-Task support. Applications will “Pause” when in the background, however will support notifications via push notifications.
-Marketplace will now support “try before you buy” as well as an API
-No NETCF backwards compatibility. This means the original rumor of no backward compatibility for applications holds to be true. That being said, there are high hopes of porting the NetCF to the newer platform easily.
-Microsoft is confident that devices will be ready by September 2010
-Full Zune Integration
-Windows Mobile Device Center will no longer be used. Zune software to take over syncing via PC.
-OEM Interfaces will not be allowed to run on the device. Say goodbye to Sense UI / SPB Mobile Shell / Point UI / Infinity, etc, etc
-Full XBOX Gaming Integration (Gamer tag, achievements, friends, avatars, merchandising, etc)
-Full support for social networking

There is a plethora of details to go through, although listed above are the biggest impact points of Windows Phone 7. Throughout the day we will be emerging more information as we delve deep into the depths of what might possibly be Windows Phone 7.

This is a lot of information to consume in one shot and there could very well be the possibility of it being once again another rumor, although one thing stands true. This is the most detailed promising information we’ve seen to date in a while. We will continue to update you as we find out more information.

YardRat said,
Doesn't look good according to ppcgeeks.com;

At the Mobile World Congress event on February 15th, 2010, Windows Phone 7 will be unveilved, although at this time plans are only to unveil the user interface of the new platform . Specific indepth functionality of the device will most likely not be shown.

-The User Interface is based upon codename “METRO”. It will be very similar to the Zune HD User Interface with a complete revamp of the “Start” screen. The UI is “Very Clean”, “Soulful” and “Alive”
-Unfortunately there will be no Flash support at the get go as there was not enough time to implement these features.
-Windows Phone 7 will only support application installation through service based delivery. (i.e Marketplace). Application installation via storage card will not be possible.
- No Multi-Task support. Applications will “Pause” when in the background, however will support notifications via push notifications.
-Marketplace will now support “try before you buy” as well as an API
-No NETCF backwards compatibility. This means the original rumor of no backward compatibility for applications holds to be true. That being said, there are high hopes of porting the NetCF to the newer platform easily.
-Microsoft is confident that devices will be ready by September 2010
-Full Zune Integration
-Windows Mobile Device Center will no longer be used. Zune software to take over syncing via PC.
-OEM Interfaces will not be allowed to run on the device. Say goodbye to Sense UI / SPB Mobile Shell / Point UI / Infinity, etc, etc
-Full XBOX Gaming Integration (Gamer tag, achievements, friends, avatars, merchandising, etc)
-Full support for social networking

There is a plethora of details to go through, although listed above are the biggest impact points of Windows Phone 7. Throughout the day we will be emerging more information as we delve deep into the depths of what might possibly be Windows Phone 7.

This is a lot of information to consume in one shot and there could very well be the possibility of it being once again another rumor, although one thing stands true. This is the most detailed promising information we’ve seen to date in a while. We will continue to update you as we find out more information.

You know, I wouldn't bite into those "rumors" or information "leaks" 100%. There's way too much info that contradicts each other to get a good idea of what's going on.

You also have to remember that MS is working on not just one project when it comes to mobile. There is the WM7 OS itself with all the business and media stuff, then there is project pink, aka Zune Phone that is a feature phone, a bit more locked down like the iPhone, but is the replacement for the sidekick I think.

So quite in which project much of that above info, if true, falls under we don't know yet.

GP007 said,

You know, I wouldn't bite into those "rumors" or information "leaks" 100%. There's way too much info that contradicts each other to get a good idea of what's going on.

You also have to remember that MS is working on not just one project when it comes to mobile. There is the WM7 OS itself with all the business and media stuff, then there is project pink, aka Zune Phone that is a feature phone, a bit more locked down like the iPhone, but is the replacement for the sidekick I think.

So quite in which project much of that above info, if true, falls under we don't know yet.

Even if that stuff is all true, I'd still go with it over the iPhone depending on the look of the UI. It just feels like the iPhone is always fighting to be anything but compatible with Windows. A phone with the Windows name means it should be optimized to run with and be compatible with it. I hate how locked down everything is on the iPhone and what little it integrates with anything other than Apple products or services. I have and use the iPhone. I still find it better than anything else out there. Hopefully they'll be knocked from the top spot with WP7.

dimithrak said,
I just hope Ballmer does a good show.. his other keynotes have been rather average and boring.. lets hope for the best!

Maybe I'm wrong but is this his first time going to MWC and doing the keynote? If so, that just shows how big it is this time.

Android 2.2 won't be that long off and a HTC phone with 1.5ghz snapdragon will be coming out with Android 2.2 on it so that will be very tasty and would be far superior to the iphone.

torrentthief said,
Android 2.2 won't be that long off and a HTC phone with 1.5ghz snapdragon will be coming out with Android 2.2 on it so that will be very tasty and would be far superior to the iphone.

Pretty soon, they'll be able to run full desktop cpu's in these things lol

I hope Windows Mobile 7 will be great, I've been putting off buying a new phone just for this reason. And if it sucks Im going right for an android 2.1 phone.

Sean2989 said,
I hope Windows Mobile 7 will be great, I've been putting off buying a new phone just for this reason. And if it sucks Im going right for an android 2.1 phone.

I know of atleast one other person who is in the same boat as you....MS has a lot of people waiting to see wat WM 7 will bring

Edited by bdsams, Feb 10 2010, 3:05pm :

Sean2989 said,
I hope Windows Mobile 7 will be great, I've been putting off buying a new phone just for this reason. And if it sucks Im going right for an android 2.1 phone.

I'm waiting and hoping they'll bring something I can get get rid of this iPhone for. To date there's nothing. It is sounding good so far though so I hope it's all good. I'll probably get one even if it has all those same issues that the iPhone does. It'll have better windows integration than the iPhone for sure and that just makes life easier lol I still have the 3G from launch day (memories... pizza party at the Rogers store, 5 hours in store waiting to activate lol).

Edited by The Guru Network, Feb 10 2010, 3:38pm : .

Sean2989 said,
I hope Windows Mobile 7 will be great, I've been putting off buying a new phone just for this reason. And if it sucks Im going right for an android 2.1 phone.

The bad part is the wait. I heard that devices with this OS wouldn't start to come out until the Fall.

Redestium said,

The bad part is the wait. I heard that devices with this OS wouldn't start to come out until the Fall.

If the OS looks good, then the wait is worth it. They'll start beta testing it on devices way sooner I'm sure. The problem is that you have to work for one of the phone makers to get to test that out.

Redestium said,

The bad part is the wait. I heard that devices with this OS wouldn't start to come out until the Fall.

By fall, they might be able to work on the flash support and get it out in time. If they say it's not likely, it probably isn't but with that much more time, if they want, they can start from scratch and get it done. They're not that stupid. If that's what's stopping people from buying their product, they have the resources to fix that.