The Empire Strikes Back: Microsoft Announces Windows Phone 7 Series
- Microsoft’s focus is on delivering an experience to customers as a means to achieve their
goals and help juggle their many personal and professional priorities to "live every moment."
- Microsoft is taking a more active role in making WP7 consistent across all devices, with
stricter hardware and software guidelines.
- Each device has only 5 buttons. Three buttons on front are Search (which takes you to
Bing), Back and a Windows button. Plus, 1 camera button and an on/off button.
- The Start Screen includes "live tiles" that come in both single and double wide views.
- Microsoft has created 6 core hubs on the Phone that are important to users: People,
Pictures, Music & Video, Games, Marketplace and Office:
- People is focused on the social networking experience, with capabilities to update Facebook and Windows Live in a single step.
- Pictures simplifies the ability to share photos and video within a social network and via the Web and PC.
- Music & Video includes features from Zune and its online music service, a built-in FM radio and it turns the media environment into a social experience.
- Games brings the Xbox LIVE experience, Spotlight feed, Achievements and gamer
profile, including the ability to view your avatar.
- Marketplace, the Microsoft mobile app store, will be incorporated into WP7.
- Office will include access to Office, OneNote and SharePoint.