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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The real problem with the UI
by leos on Mon 15th Feb 2010 22:39 UTC
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Looking at this further I now realize my real gripe with the UI:

On a phone, a device with a small screen, the hub UI wastes a massive amount of space to do absolutely nothing at all except maintain the paradigm of "moving on a wall".

Have a look at this picture:

The photo and games hub is exactly the same. By design, their hub UI wastes between 20 and 40% of the screen real estate on a device where every pixel matters. That _needs_ to be fixed.

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