In what can be called one of the most significant announcements that Microsoft made in recent times, the company unravelled its next generation Mobile OS at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the company for the first time displayed what many analysts are terming to be an iPhone Killer (not my view, will keep that until I finally get to use it , but i would definitely say it will compete with google’s android and apple’s iphone OS ). So here’s looking into what the users need to know about Windows Phone 7 that is said to be Microsoft’s “final chance to get it right” in the rapidly-growing mobile market.
Windows Phone 7 Series. So foremost get used to the name, because it’s now a part of the smartphone vernacular… however verbose it may seem. The face of Windows Phone 7 is not a rectangular grid of thumbnail-sized glossy-looking icons, arranged in a pattern of 4×4 or so, like basically every other phone. No, instead, an oversized set of bright, superflat squares fill the screen. The pop of the primary colors and exaggerated flatness produces a kind of cutting-edge crispness that feels both incredibly modern and playful. Text is big, and beautiful. The result is a feat no phone has performed before: Making the iPhone’s interface feel staid.
7 Series has rebuilt Windows Mobile from the ground up, featuring a completely altered home screen and user interface experience, robust Xbox LIVE and Zune integration, and vastly new and improved social networking tools. Gone is the familiar Start screen, now replaced with “tiles” which scroll vertically and can be customized as quick launches, links to contacts, or self contained widgets. Hardware supporters include Dell, Garmin-Asus, HTC, Hewlett-Packard, LG, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Toshiba and Qualcomm.
The new OS uses a ‘live tile’ metaphor, showing dynamically updated information. Users can have tiles for e-mail, calendar, pictures and individual people, playlists and other applications and information types.
The OS arranges information in six sections: People, Pictures, Games, Music and Video, Marketplace and Office. The People section is actually contacts option. However, it is not your typical contacts list. The contact list is connected with the contact’s social networking accounts and users can see their updates right within the contact screen. The operating system is designed to have three hardware buttons: start, search — with a direct link to Bing — and back.
Other features are common with the browser being Internet Explorer. it won’t be as fast as Mobile Safari. Not to start. But it’s not bad that way! Then the Outlook email app makes me question how people read email on a BlackBerry. Bing and Bing Maps are built into the phone as the default search and maps services. Obviously, you’re not going to be playing Halo 3 on your smartphone (at least not this year), but yes, Xbox Live on a phone! It’s tied to your Live profile, and there are achievements and gamer points for the games you can play on your phone, which will be tied to games back on your Xbox 360. Microsoft’s vision of Zune is finally clear with Windows Phone 7. It’s an app, just like iPod is on the iPhone, though the Zune Marketplace is integrated with it into the music + video hub, not separated into its own little application.
Still, at first glance, Microsoft appears to have something new on the block. Would I wait on getting an iPhone, Android smartphone, or Palm Pre because of Windows Phone 7 ? No I guess. Every so-called iPhone-killer has revealed significant flaws at actual product release, and I can’t imagine that Microsoft would be any different. But I can easily see that in 2011 Windows Phone might a real force within the smartphone market, threatening the innovative but low-traction Palm WebOS most, but also Google’s Android OS.
So let me stop here, check out some pictures of what Windows Mobile 7 as to offer and a featured video on the same. If you are more interested u can check there official site: http://www.windowsphone7series.com. Have a great week…