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

 
 
By Nicholas Kolakowski  |  Posted 2010-02-16
 
 
 

Microsoft Windows Phone 7 Series Challenges Google, Apple

by Nicholas Kolakowski

Microsoft Windows Phone 7 Series Challenges Google, Apple

Microsoft Pushes Mobile

As shown during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Feb. 15, Microsoft envisions the Windows Phone 7 Series as a total revamping of its mobile franchise, which faces declining market share.

Microsoft Pushes Mobile

Start Screen

The Windows Phone 7 Start screen dynamically updates with data from the Web. All Windows Phone 7 Series devices will include three mechanical buttons: Start, Search and Back.

Start Screen

Windows 7 Hubs

Windows Phone 7 Series features "Hubs" that group together a variety of content. For example, the "People" hub merges your friends data from Outlook, Windows Live and other social-networking services.

Windows 7 Hubs

Pictures Hub

The "Pictures" hub syncs with the photos on your PC, and enables users to upload those photos to social networking services. Friends photos are also displayed.

Pictures Hub

Office Hub

The "Office" hub allows access to Excel, PowerPoint, Word and OneNote documents, as well as a SharePoint server for better collaboration with colleagues.

Office Hub

Xbox Live Integration

Microsoft has integrated Xbox Live with its new phone software, allowing gamers to access their Xbox avatar and play games.

Xbox Live Integration

Zune Integration

The Windows Phone 7 Series also integrates Zune software into its platform, providing access to music, videos, podcasts and radio.

Zune Integration

Windows Mobile 6.5 Support

Microsoft claims it will still support Windows Mobile 6.5, even after the launch of Windows Phone 7 Series devices.

Windows Mobile 6.5 Support

Mobile Apps Marketplace

Microsoft also says there will be a mobile applications marketplace for Windows Phone 7 Series devices, similar to the Mobile Marketplace for Windows Mobile 6.5.

Mobile Apps Marketplace

Upcoming Enterprise Focus

While Microsoft used the rollout at the Mobile World Congress to emphasize the consumer aspects of Windows Phone 7 Series, it will likely highlight the enterprise utility at a future date.

Upcoming Enterprise Focus

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