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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Rather disappointing (as a developer)
by TBPrince on Mon 15th Feb 2010 19:36 UTC
TBPrince
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I'm rather disappointed by Channel9 demo. Device looks sleak and all those sliding and animate stuff is nice. But, UI is not that cool, to be honest. It's very practical but not so cool. In a way, it's "Facebookistical". My (flashed) WM6.5 has a nicer UI.

Moreover, it looks like that "open platform" it's a word Microsoft is trying to forget. All that UI stuff suggests me that 3rd-party apps will be 2nd-class citizens in Phone7. How would we integrate into all those tightly-coupled stuff? How would they provide hooks for other apps/developers?

I'm waiting to know more about h/w specs but I'm far from being impressed. MS took the bad part from Apple and discarded the good part from Windows Mobile.

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