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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Comment by steveh2005
by steveh2005 on Mon 15th Feb 2010 22:03 UTC
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I'm surprised that Microsoft didn't launch some kind of development campaign along with this intro video. I mean, the main development platform for this device is going to be .Net, right?

If so, then you'd expect an announcement of like a Windows Phone 7 Express development environment, complete with C#/ tools to use with a simulator.

Without that and a great app store, there's not much of a chance of this device competing with the iPhone. I don't see a compelling reason to buy this phone over an iPhone.

Disclaimer: I don't own an iPhone, but if I were going to buy one, this Windows 7 phone wouldn't change my mind on doing so.

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