Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 15th Feb 2010 15:47 UTC
Windows So, after much, much speculation and many, many rumours, Microsoft finally took the wraps off Windows Phone 7 Series, its newest mobile operating system. Hold on to your hats, because uncharacteristically for the Redmond giant, they've rebuilt everything from the ground up - this system has little to no connection to the Windows Mobile of yore. I don't say this lightly - but dear lord, Windows Phone 7 Series is full of win. Update: Hands-on video from Engadget inside. Update II: There is no sync application. It's all done over-the-air, to the internet. Only videos and music are synced via the Zune software. Update III: Since I didn't mention it clearly, here it goes: Windows Phone 7 Series is a clean break. There is no backwards compatibility at all. Update IV: Channel9 has a 22-minute in-depth demonstration of Windows Phone 7 Series.
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RE: Comment by Thom_Holwerda
by kragil on Mon 15th Feb 2010 19:48 UTC in reply to "Comment by Thom_Holwerda"
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Yes it is all quite nice and all, but if you think about it all the MS lock-in will severely limit this device.
Live? Bing? Zune? Those are all second rate solutions used by minorities.
I guess it will be hard to replace the IE suckfest and from the start there will be very few apps. (I just looked into the Windows Mobile Market and their offerings here in Germany are totally pathetic although the market has been out for months now. A few dozen apps and most of them really expensive. Totally bad free ones .. major suckage PERIOD I am not sure ZunePhone Market will be different.)

Sure, if you are one of those Facebook zombies and only play with kids on your Xbox it will be a really sweet phone, but a hit? Or something that will gain marketshare .. really not sure about that.

And the UI isn't superfast (Bada seems a lot faster in a crashy kind of way and even new Android UIs are smoother )

I think it is cool that MS did something really innovative and I applaud that. But the future of phones will be much more capable and open IMO.

BTW: A lot of major stories .. WP7, Meego and Notion Inks Adam. Good times.

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