Enterprise Mobility: Windows Phone 7, Kinect, Xbox 360 Will Mark Microsoft's Holiday Season

By Nicholas Kolakowski  |  Posted 2010-10-12 Print this article Print
Windows Phone 7, Kinect, Xbox 360 Will Mark Microsofts Holiday Season

Windows Phone 7, Kinect, Xbox 360 Will Mark Microsofts Holiday Season

by Nicholas Kolakowski
Microsoft launched Windows Phone 7 with a New York City event Oct. 11, which it also used to show off some newly launched and upcoming consumer products. Chief among them: the Kinect hands-free controller for the Xbox 360, which Microsoft hopes will extend that console's viability for a few extra years. In addition, Microsoft demonstrated more productivity-related (as opposed to alien-blasting) products, including its flexible Arc Touch Mouse and a variety of laptops running its bestselling Windows 7. With so many of its rivals gravitating toward mobile software and hardware, Microsoft needs Windows Phone 7 to be a hit with consumers and businesspeople—and much of the table space at the Oct. 11 event seemed dedicated to Windows Phone 7 devices such as the HTC HD7. Windows Phone 7 devices from Samsung, LG Electronics and HTC will debut on AT&T's network starting Nov. 8, with others soon to follow. Those smartphones include a "Games" hub that integrates users' Xbox Live accounts—part of Microsoft's strategy to offer consumers a multi-device, cloud-centric entertainment ecosystem. Will it succeed? Executives in Redmond certainly have their fingers crossed.
Nicholas Kolakowski is a staff editor at eWEEK, covering Microsoft and other companies in the enterprise space, as well as evolving technology such as tablet PCs. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, Playboy, WebMD, AARP the Magazine, AutoWeek, Washington City Paper, Trader Monthly, and Private Air. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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