The much awaited WM 7 phone has been announced by steve Ballmer on 15 Feb 2010.
Microsoft Claims that Windows Phone 7 Series is a "fundamentally different approach to phone software".Lets wait and see if it actually is.
I pray it should be worth tbe hype otherwise a lot WM programmers will have to prepare their resumes with their experience highlighted in other non WM platforms.
Few Words about the UI in WM 7 Series:
The operating system's main screen is "chromeless," without borders or a Start button, and features dynamically updated "live tiles.
Live tiles act as a doorway into more detailed pages called "hubs," which connect to Web services, applications, contacts and other items, according to Microsoft. The company describes six different hubs as follows:
People -- Provides a central place from which to post updates to Facebook and Windows Live in one step. Delivers an "engaging social experience" by bringing together relevant content based on a person, including his or her live feeds from social networks and photos.
Pictures -- Brings together a user's photos, including those synced from a PC. "Makes it easy to share pictures and video to a social network in one step."
Games -- "Delivers the first and only official Xbox Live experience on a phone." This includes games, spotlight feed and the ability to see a gamer’s avatar, achievements and gamer profile.
Music and Video -- Creates "an incredible media experience that brings the best of Zune, including content from a user's PC, online music services and even a built-in FM radio into one simple place."
Marketplace -- Allows the user to easily discover and load the phone with certified applications and games.
Office -- "Brings the familiar experience of the world’s leading productivity software to the Windows Phone." Includes Office, OneNote, SharePoint Workspace, and Outlook Mobile.
Some of the Features are:
- Much more advanced web browser,fully multi-touch capable and based on desktop editions of Internet Explorer.
- Improved Text display via "sub-pixel positioning".
- Dedicated hardware button for Microsoft's Bing search engine
- Silverlight Support(a rumour is that most of the UI in WM7 is based on a nice silverlight UI).Lets hope for a flashy,non-irritating,comfortable UI.
For more info on WM7 phone series see: