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 Kroc
by REM2000 on Mon 15th Feb 2010 16:51 UTC in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
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Saying that Mac's only have 5% of the market, whilst true, is the reason we had problems with Microsoft and interoperability. 5% of the IT world is still as said before, millions and millions of machines, shutting these out is going back down a dark path that Microsoft at the end of the ninties was enjoying. Phones should be open, the internet is open so all attached computers should be aswell.

How many mac users, use activesync (i.e. connect to corp exchange servers) to read emails and manage their calendars, only a small percent of that 5% marketshare, however it's still as important as any other feature to make platforms more connected in todays world, which connectivity is everything.

As for the phone itself, i think if Microsoft can release into the public, the same fluid innovative UI shown in the preview then Microsoft is a serious competitor. I like the idea of hubs / zones of information, the interaction looked humanised and not so based around computer desktop designs. To me it had elements of flicking through a book, which i find a very good ui.

If my introducing this new UI and Mobile Phone OS, Microsoft has to kill some other features such as multitasking, then i say it's a small price to pay for the average user. I admit some power users will need to multitask, however the UI here for the average user negates the need for multitasking.

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