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 Thom_Holwerda
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 15th Feb 2010 18:27 UTC
Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

Holy crap, in the Channel9 video, they show just how much thought has been put into this. The text/icons inside the circle buttons rotates along the rest of the UI as you switch from portrait to landscape.

The buttons stay where they are, but the text or icons inside them rotates. Very thoughtful.

EDIT: Oh and heck, it goes even further: you can choose white-on-black text, or black-on-white. Nice touch.

Edited 2010-02-15 18:31 UTC

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RE: Comment by Thom_Holwerda
by kragil on Mon 15th Feb 2010 19:48 in reply to "Comment by Thom_Holwerda"
kragil Member since:
2006-01-04

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 http://androidcommunity.com/tat-home-new-android-3d-interface-comin... )

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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nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

But the future of phones will be much more capable and open IMO.


People don't care about open, they buy phones for functionality. They'd rather have TV show rentals than some geeky ideal. Most programmers I know in fact would rather have a good game selection than root access. The people behind Android seem to be unaware of this.

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RE: Comment by Thom_Holwerda
by StephenBeDoper on Mon 15th Feb 2010 21:59 in reply to "Comment by Thom_Holwerda"
StephenBeDoper Member since:
2005-07-06

EDIT: Oh and heck, it goes even further: you can choose white-on-black text, or black-on-white. Nice touch.


Hah. That reminds me of old laptops with monochrome screens - they usually had a contrast switch which would make light elements dark and vice-versa.

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