Lots of great Apps (like Xbox Live)
Full ReviewMicrosoft will soon be bringing out its new mobile operating system (OS), the Windows Phone 7. This mobile OS is a certainly better than the current Microsoft OS, Windows Mobile 6.5. Windows Phone 7 does not use any special hardware. One does need 4 GB Flash on 256 MB of RAM, however, as well as WiFi (802.11 b/g), a compass, an accelerometer, a multi-touch screen (with WVGA resolution of at least 800 x 480 pixels), and some GPS sensors. Windows Phone 7 currently takes applications that are built in programs such as Silverlight, .Net, and XNA. These applications are offered only via the Microsoft Marketplace. Device testing with Windows Phone 7 is already being performed on mobile platforms from the likes of LG, Dell, Garmin-Asus, HP, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Toshiba, and HTC.
Application developers are also lining up to create programs for the new OS: The Associated Press, Match.com, Fandango, Electronic Arts, Photobucket, and Microsoft Game Studios (i.e., makers of the Xbox Live) are set to collaborate with Microsoft. There are six "hubs," which are common actions for users, set up on the system, and include Pictures, People, Music and Video, Office, Games, and Marketplace. Such hubs are featured as square tiles on the mobile system's home screen. A camera button is also installed, and it turns on a device that does photo shooting and storage.
Other features of Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 also make it attractive. In its Pictures hub, customers can view not only the pictures they took, but even those pictures that they sent through social networks like Facebook (Twitter and MySpace are not currently offered). If pictures are sent via social media network friends, they can be located and saved by the customer. In the People hub, social media updates for contacts can be downloaded. And customer e-mails are much easier to go through on the Windows Phone 7 platform when compared to the older Windows Phone 6.5 platform. In the Office hub, the Microsoft programs such as Excel, Word, OneNote, Powerpoint, and Sharepoint programs are integrated. Customers may choose to draft and store documents on the SkyDrive feature, which then alows them to find such files on any WiFi-ready computer. The mobile's OS browser is Bing.
What Windows Phone 7 does not offer is multitasking, or the ability to open and run many third-party applications simultaneously. Lack of multitasking could put Microsoft into a disadvantageous spot when compared to Apple's iPhone 4. Even with the iPhone 4 having an antenna issue, it is multitasking capable and can run third-party apps without battery drain or a slowed system. The Windows Phone 7 is still capable of firmware app multitasking, however.
The Apple iPhone 4, meanwhile, only allows customers to utilize the mobile carrier AT&T. Windows Phone 7 allows several different carriers including AT&T, Sprint, Vodafone, Verizon, T-Mobile USA, Orange, SFR, Telecom Italia, Telstra, Deutsch Telecom, and Telefonica. Carrying all these mobile partners could put Microsoft at an advantage when compared to Apple. This is especially true with AT&T having stopped its one-price unlimited data streaming program.
Microsoft Windows Phone 7 is still under massive testing, but it should be out on mobile phones very soon.