Windows Phone 7 Series announced

Microsoft has announced Windows Phone 7 Series at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.  The software was built from the ground up and will provide a new look and feel as not only has the interface changed, but so has the base code it is built upon.

The start screen will feature a tile interface that all have the ability to be updated in real time.  This will allow for a living interface that is no longer static.  The idea is that, lets say you put NASA’s picture of the day up as a live tile, each day that tile would be updated with that days photo.  No longer will you be forced to go to the site to view the image, the idea is that you’ll be able to get all of your info from the home screen.

Microsoft will also be pushing Bing with Windows Phone 7 Series (WP7S).  They have indicated that every phone that ships will have a dedicated button that will allow for one click access to search from anywhere on the phone. 

The tiles, as referred to in the press release, are being called hubs, and in each hub, will have a dedicated base of information depending on the theme.  The hubs that appear to be debuting on the platform are People, Pictures, Games, Music+Video, Marketplace, and Office.

The People hub will allow for social media integration.  Like on other platforms, this will allow for integration of all your contacts to the applicable online profiles like Facebook ect.

The Pictures hub is exactly what you would expect.  With integration of the PC and WP7S you’ll be able to share your photos in a more streamlined environment.  Microsoft states that this will be the best platform for sharing photos.

The Games hub will offer Xbox users a platform to integrate their Xbox Live account to their mobile phone.  WP7S will allow for users to be able to view their profiles, avatars, achievements, and the ability to see the spotlight feed too.  Games will also be shared across the platform too but to what extent is not known at this time.

The Music+Video hub will bring the Zune experience to the platform.  It is expected to have very similar functionality as the Zune hardware does and it appears that the Zune music service will also work on the WP7S platform too. 

The Marketplace hub will allow for certified applications to be quickly and easily installed on the phone.  It appears that Microsoft will be adopting an application store that mimics what Apple is currently using.

The Office hub will bring access to the world’s most popular productivity suite.  Office hub will give users’ access to Office, OneNote, and SharePoint all in one place.  The end user will be able to view, edit and share any document too. 

The platform is going to launch this holiday season.  While there is still a considerable amount of time before this platform will be in the hands of its users, it seems that Microsoft has baked in just about everything the rumors hinted too.

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Maybe Windows Mobile will have its day again. A friend of mine was a LONG time Windows Mobile (and Windows CE) fan but just had enough when he got a HTC Touch Pro... so many problems with that handset. But this looks pretty slick and dare I say it exciting.. can't wait to try it.

Hell and yes!!!
Word is that the HD2 is gonna be upgradeable to this as well.

I wonder how soon we'll see WP7-style interfaces and ROMs from xda-developers?

lordcanti86 said,
Hell and yes!!!
Word is that the HD2 is gonna be upgradeable to this as well.

I wonder how soon we'll see WP7-style interfaces and ROMs from xda-developers?

from what i hear it may be very difficult to create any custom roms, so it might be awhile.

fixxxer2010 said,

from what i hear it may be very difficult to create any custom roms, so it might be awhile.


I meant WP7 style interfaces for existing WinMobile 6.5 phones

Wow! I was planning to purchase a HTC HD2 or an Omnia II with WinMo 6.5 on it (in addition to my current Omnia I which has WinMo 6.5.3 using a cooked rom)... But now I have to wait until the end of the year to have one of those WinMo 7 phones.

Starting to save more money!

Ahmad M. R. said,
Wow! I was planning to purchase a HTC HD2 or an Omnia II with WinMo 6.5 on it (in addition to my current Omnia I which has WinMo 6.5.3 using a cooked rom)... But now I have to wait until the end of the year to have one of those WinMo 7 phones.

Starting to save more money!

HD2 is getting an upgrade to Win mo 7

hjf288 said,
HD2 is getting an upgrade to Win mo 7

I wouldn't be so sure. HTC pulled that annoucement a while ago and in the keynote they said that Windows 7 phones will have three buttons and the HD2 doesn't have the Search button that is required.

I think this is perhaps why the HD3 got announced, which in my guess will be a slightly upgraded HD2 with the three buttons.

The problem I'm having at the moment is I don't see where separate apps from the marketplace are going to work in this....

just watched one of the vids on their site, "sync over wifi" now thats an awesome feature alone! lol. I reckon the specs for the phone will be pretty high, ie at least a snapdragon/tegra so it runs snappy.

Just a shame they're coming out near the end of the year, really want one lol

In their videos, they seem to be using Expression Blend to create the applications interfaces. So I think that the development on those phone will be very close to Silverlight/.net 4 development.

I'm just afraid that my home screen would be nothing but blue boxes and text...
I'm not one to have alot of photos / photos on contacts etc.

Timan said,
I'm just afraid that my home screen would be nothing but blue boxes and text...
I'm not one to have alot of photos / photos on contacts etc.

Well, I assume that you can somehow link your contacts to their facebook profile and thus get their picture from that.

I like it. I was thinking of going with Android (when the Nexus One if it came to AT&T), but was holding out for WinMo7 and I'm glad I did. I still want to hear about what kind of camera it'll have.

JVF said,
I like it. I was thinking of going with Android (when the Nexus One if it came to AT&T), but was holding out for WinMo7 and I'm glad I did. I still want to hear about what kind of camera it'll have.

LG Apollo will have a 10 Megpixel cam.

warwagon said,
It looks very cluttered, like it takes a bunch of hunting around for stuff.

I agree, after watching some more demos; although they changed the app-centric approach, you never really have all of the options presented to you in plain view, you have to hit menu buttons and so on.

And I HATE the "flowing titles" they're always half cut off, it looks ridiculous.

Way too user-unfriendly imo.

Binary said,

I agree, after watching some more demos; although they changed the app-centric approach, you never really have all of the options presented to you in plain view, you have to hit menu buttons and so on.

And I HATE the "flowing titles" they're always half cut off, it looks ridiculous.

Way too user-unfriendly imo.

Pretty much agree with you there, don't like the UI that much, also have always disliked the Zune font, but thats a personal preference. It also seems that it has a lot of wasted space on the screen...I guess they have a few more months to finalise it all though.

To me it looks good and far better than their last efforts to actually get back into competing again. But I'm not sure a Zune HD look is going to work, heck it didn't help sell a Zune let alone a phone.

I don't really like it. It looks very basic and yet it also looks cluttered. I've watched the video of it in action and the effects and transitions also look very poor, like a cheap picture slideshow each time you move between menus what a waste and the effects themselves don't even look good they look dated.

Looks vile imho. Why have the over-superfluous effects - they aren't needed.

iPhoneOS 4.0 will probably blow everything out of the water, since 3.0 is still lightyears ahead of other smartphones.

Binary said,
Looks vile imho. Why have the over-superfluous effects - they aren't needed.

iPhoneOS 4.0 will probably blow everything out of the water, since 3.0 is still lightyears ahead of other smartphones.

What on earth are you basing that on? What can the iPhone OS do what others like Windows Phone, Android, Blackberry can't. It's quite the opposite there's quite a lot of stuff you can do on other OSs but can't do on iPhones e.g. Multitasking, Flash, install apps from anywhere, a real desktop with widgets and shortcuts as opposed to just a bunch of icons for apps on iPhone, etc

thealexweb said,

What on earth are you basing that on? What can the iPhone OS do what others like Windows Phone, Android, Blackberry can't. It's quite the opposite there's quite a lot of stuff you can do on other OSs but can't do on iPhones e.g. Multitasking, Flash, install apps from anywhere, a real desktop with widgets and shortcuts as opposed to just a bunch of icons for apps on iPhone, etc

Actually the Flash on my WM phone is slow and sluggish when it does work (in IE only) so I can live without it. I have thought about making it work in Opera (which came default on my phone) but I don't know if it is worth it.

shinji257 said,

Actually the Flash on my WM phone is slow and sluggish when it does work (in IE only) so I can live without it. I have thought about making it work in Opera (which came default on my phone) but I don't know if it is worth it.

Yes but my point is it can exist on your phone iPhone users don't even have the choice of using it.

thealexweb said,

What on earth are you basing that on? What can the iPhone OS do what others like Windows Phone, Android, Blackberry can't. It's quite the opposite there's quite a lot of stuff you can do on other OSs but can't do on iPhones e.g. Multitasking, Flash, install apps from anywhere, a real desktop with widgets and shortcuts as opposed to just a bunch of icons for apps on iPhone, etc

Sorry I was basing it on the UI, and overall user-friendliness of the iPhoneOS.

Widgets? Sorry, widgets fail, unless on a monitor of substantial size where you can see all of them at once.

thealexweb said,

What on earth are you basing that on? What can the iPhone OS do what others like Windows Phone, Android, Blackberry can't. It's quite the opposite there's quite a lot of stuff you can do on other OSs but can't do on iPhones e.g. Multitasking, Flash, install apps from anywhere, a real desktop with widgets and shortcuts as opposed to just a bunch of icons for apps on iPhone, etc

3 years and all the so called iPhone killers died silently and so will WinMo7 , which, to your knowledge
will not support flash ( at least with the first editions of 7 ). iphones support multitasking using third-party applications.

Binary said,

Sorry I was basing it on the UI, and overall user-friendliness of the iPhoneOS.

Widgets? Sorry, widgets fail, unless on a monitor of substantial size where you can see all of them at once.

Not all widgets fail, I use Android, on one of my home screens I have a clock and a facebook widget, they don't take up a lot of room and makes things a bit better on my phone desktop.

ilev said,

3 years and all the so called iPhone killers died silently and so will WinMo7 , which, to your knowledge
will not support flash ( at least with the first editions of 7 ). iphones support multitasking using third-party applications.

WM7 will eventually support flash probably anyway most of the OSs I mentioned support Flash in one way or another, on iPhone it's not happening at all.

Kirkburn said,
What iPhone "killers", and which have died silently?

Palm Pre, of all iPhone killers that one was probably the least successful it was a victim of it's own hype.

Lovely looking interface but lets hope they bring out a "professional" version that allows me to remote desktop (TS) into my servers (with a zoom feature) and where IMAP email works a little better than wm6.5.. A flashy interface means nothing to me if I can't do the things I need too.

SonicSam said,
Lovely looking interface but lets hope they bring out a "professional" version that allows me to remote desktop (TS) into my servers (with a zoom feature) and where IMAP email works a little better than wm6.5.. A flashy interface means nothing to me if I can't do the things I need too.

IMAP should work good, they have what looks to be a mobile version of Outlook, which looks great btw, on there.

mocax said,
hope the phone manufacturers don't screw up by cramming the new OS in last year's hardware.....

Or fill it up with their own bloatware like on the desktop version of Windows...

Okay so the OS is pretty solid now and looks good. Now for me to switch, I need good specs. I can't wait to see what they're going to build to put it on. I will definitely be switching but I hope they come out with something that'll convince me right away. It's purely on phone specs now as the OS looks great.

dogmai said,
Okay so the OS is pretty solid now and looks good. Now for me to switch, I need good specs. I can't wait to see what they're going to build to put it on. I will definitely be switching but I hope they come out with something that'll convince me right away. It's purely on phone specs now as the OS looks great.

I think the base is a 1ghz snapdragon as far as CPU goes. And then ram is 512MB min. That's what everyones been saying. oh, same for ROM at 512MB iirc.

GP007 said,

I think the base is a 1ghz snapdragon as far as CPU goes. And then ram is 512MB min. That's what everyones been saying. oh, same for ROM at 512MB iirc.

Ok. So I will probably need another phone in order to get WP 7. Hmmm... It will probably have to wait anyways since I just got one a few days ago.

dogmai said,
Okay so the OS is pretty solid now and looks good. Now for me to switch, I need good specs. I can't wait to see what they're going to build to put it on. I will definitely be switching but I hope they come out with something that'll convince me right away. It's purely on phone specs now as the OS looks great.

The specs look good, but that's the type of thing that varies from phone to phone

GP007 said,

I think the base is a 1ghz snapdragon as far as CPU goes. And then ram is 512MB min. That's what everyones been saying. oh, same for ROM at 512MB iirc.

The LG Apollo scheduled (tentatively) for September has 1Gig/1Gig RAM/ROM

I like the fact that the tiles can be rearranged. Now, if they have some out of the box tiles for Tasks, Calendar, and Weather (I'm a bit of a weather nut), I'll really be interested. I love XDA-Dev's, but those apps aren't always stable.

zeke009 said,
I like the fact that the tiles can be rearranged. Now, if they have some out of the box tiles for Tasks, Calendar, and Weather (I'm a bit of a weather nut), I'll really be interested. I love XDA-Dev's, but those apps aren't always stable.

They showed a Calendar tile in the live demo, but you'd have to say it's 99% certain they will include Tasks and Weather as well.

It'll be very interesting to see the kinds of tiles that OEM's and carriers want to integrate into the out of the box experience - exciting times ahead, even if we do have to wait till the end of the year...

zeke009 said,
I like the fact that the tiles can be rearranged. Now, if they have some out of the box tiles for Tasks, Calendar, and Weather (I'm a bit of a weather nut), I'll really be interested. I love XDA-Dev's, but those apps aren't always stable.

They didn't show it in the demos but if you swipe left on the start screen you get a list of apps and widgets etc that you can pin up there or just start from there. They'll have more details at MiX but it's looking like any app/contact and who knows what else, can be pinned to the start screen.

Antaris said,
My question would be: when will Europe see these new devices?

Vodafone and Orange were partners, both European companies - so it looks like it :)

Antaris said,
My question would be: when will Europe see these new devices?

Vodafone should have it quick I'd say, I'm willing to wait for it.

.Neo said,
Looks decent enough. Hopefully it will be as smooth in real life as it is on the video.

Yeah, hopefully they can put it on some hardware that'll be able to run it smooth like in the demonstrations.

.Neo said,
Looks decent enough. Hopefully it will be as smooth in real life as it is on the video.

Agreed, i like the concept or hubs / zones for each part of the phone. If they can get the UI to work in the same way with the same fluid movement, i would say that Microsoft is a serious competitor in the mobile phone space.

.Neo said,
Looks decent enough. Hopefully it will be as smooth in real life as it is on the video.

It was running live on a demo phone through the keynote. I don't know what specs it had but engadget got to play with it, so it's real and not just some vid.

Seems pretty good, but waiting almost another year--no thanks. I'm not a fan that they are so cozy with AT&T either, real winning idea hitching their wagon to that star. lol

Redestium said,
Seems pretty good, but waiting almost another year--no thanks. I'm not a fan that they are so cozy with AT&T either, real winning idea hitching their wagon to that star. lol

I just paid full retail for a WM 6.5 phone. Maybe it can be updated to WP 7 later this year. Who knows. Anyways I left the upgrade option in the bag if I need it since I got it without signing a contract.

Out of the gate, it didn't really get too much of my interest. After watching the whole keynote, I think they've got a new fan. It looks to be a pretty solid platform and can't wait to get my hands on a device later this year.

dogmai said,
Out of the gate, it didn't really get too much of my interest. After watching the whole keynote, I think they've got a new fan. It looks to be a pretty solid platform and can't wait to get my hands on a device later this year.

They showed alot of it off, the demo of the base UI was solid. I really like it.

dogmai said,
After watching the whole keynote, I think they've got a new fan. It looks to be a pretty solid platform and can't wait to get my hands on a device later this year.

Agreed - *very* solid looking demo :)

Edited by noleafclover, Feb 15 2010, 3:40pm :

dogmai said,

Yeah, they said they were aiming for the holiday season.


Usually when companies aim to have a product out for the holidays, that means that the product will most likely come out around late October-early November