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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That _was_ the singular advantage of WM6, IMHO. You could get around the crappy UI and web browser, or most anything else you didn't like, by adding your own apps and tweaks. You could also get around some greedy carriers' restrictions as well.

I am not seeing that here. It looks like Microsoft is trying to enforce One Way (tm) of doing everything, a la Apple. I hope it is not true that it is not customizable, but it doesn't appear that way.

To me, one of the coolest things about my smartphone is that it is a small computer, i.e., user-programmable. If that is taken away, it will be just another item for which I pay a lot of money to get about 75% of what I want.

I guess I will have to go look at Android (since I am not aware of any CDMA Symbian phones).

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