Windows & Interoperability: Microsoft Windows Phone 7 Series Challenges Google, Apple

By Nicholas Kolakowski  |  Posted 2010-02-16 Print this article Print
Microsoft Windows Phone 7 Series Challenges Google, Apple

Microsoft Windows Phone 7 Series Challenges Google, Apple

by Nicholas Kolakowski
Microsoft is trying to revamp its smartphone OS franchise with Windows Phone 7 Series, which it officially announced at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona Feb. 15. In addition to integrating Xbox Live and Zune, Windows Phone 7 Series groups mobile applications and Web services into a series of "hubs": "People," "Pictures," "Office," "Music & Video" and "Games." Hardware partners for the initiative include HP, HTC, Sony Ericsson, LG and Samsung. Microsoft plans to have phones running Windows Phone 7 for sale in time for the 2010 holiday season. If Windows Phone 7 Series is to reverse Microsoft's declining market share in the mobile space, it will need to appeal to both consumers and the enterprise.
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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