Microsoft’s quest to introduce Windows Phone 7 series to the world continue with the demo at Microsoft Tech Ed Middle East. The 2 demos are how Live Tile works and as cross platform game playing in phone and Xbox live.
I prefer this to be Live Tiles demo instead of multitasking demo as some suggest – The panelist explain the concept of Live Tiles, and demo creating Live Tiles from one of IE’s web pages, and pin into the start menu. The website which now appears as Live Tile will get updated real time, as the web site updated. Live Tiles can be many and each will get updated real time. Erm, sound like multi tasking anyone?
Cross Gaming Platform – This is one of the sought after feature in Windows 7 Phone Series that yet to be demoed so far. So in this video, a game was played in a smartphone (with accelerator and touch demoed as well) and stopped. When the same game played on Xbox, it resumed back from the spot it stopped before in the smartphone. Looks promising right?
This unexpected news from APC is going to make HTC HD2 users broken heart. After long rumored that HTC HD2 will be the only Windows Mobile device that will receive update to Windows Phone 7 Series, a Microsoft general manager broke the news that Windows Mobile 6.X will not receive the update.
Curious why? It simply, because current WinMo devices including HTC HD2 has 5 button instead of 3 buttons that Windows Phone 7 Series suppose to have. Sounds ridiculous to many, but it is probably has something to do with the functionaly of the OS itself. If this is real, it still wiser for Microsoft to let existing HTC HD2 users to receive the update, although that means the extra 2 button will malfunction, instead of facing the backlash from them.
The news could pose another blow to already troubling Windows Mobile phone. Expect the sale of Windows Mobile smart phone going to dive in the span of 8 months until the Windows Phone 7 Series finally reaching the market. Who would ever wants smartphone that cannot be upgraded, when the new and more powerful will be coming soon?
With it’s impressive spec, HC HD2 is almost confirmed as the most powerful soon to be called Windows Phone Classic, the re-branding of Windows Mobile, once the Windows Phone 7 series out to the market by end of this year. And that’s because of the extra button..
Celcom is keeping their word, when they tweet that they will start offering HTC HD2 this month. Thankfully, your wish has been granted; HTC HD2 is now available with price tag RM2188 and Celcom Exec plan.
If you can’t waiting for Windows Phone 7 Series smart phone to available by end of this year, the hardware in HTC HD2 will gives the Windows Mobile experience that you can never had with other Windows Mobile phone. Couple with the fact that Windows Mobile 6.5.3 had just been released, HTC HD2 as HTC’s flagship phone, might be among the first to taste the new OS version.
And in case HTC HD2 is destined not to get an upgrade to Windows Phone 7 Series, I have feeling that XDA dev folks will come out with modified ROM for this phone , because in terms of hardware, HTC HD2 is just good enough to run the newest OS from Microsoft.
If there is one thing that Microsoft should have done years ago, it’s none other than Windows Phone 7 series. That’s what I feel and also some respond that I read about the newest mobile operating system that Microsoft just unveiled yesterday. The Windows Phone 7 Series is on the class on it’s own, stated by Endgadget in one of it’s post.
As excited as you’re, I have followed the Engadget’s live blog (coincidentally I work at night GMT+8 time, so no problem stay late) to witness the new beginning, of what I can say is the true contender for the next generation mobile operating system.
It’s totally awesome I have to admit. The UI concept is moving away from the common UI mobile OS in the market, which pretty much doing what iPhone has invented, slide left an right or up and down, and with big move-able icons on each page, some with customize background.
Windows Phone 7 Series UI is giving new perspective of what Mobile OS should be, although the main interface remain ‘slide up an down’ concept. Called Metro, the shortcut to program is like tiles, as they were actually called ‘live tiles’ with 1 or 2 ’tiles’ at each row.
Well, you know, photo is always the best way to describe the beauty, so here is the Windows Phone 7 series Start Screen. It’s almost similar as Zune, but as most non-US folks never had chance to use Zune, consider this is new, at least to us in other part of the world.
Hub is what they called each section in this phone have. Among the hubs are
Music & Video Hub for music, videos, podcast and live streaming.
People Hub which keep the relevant contact detail along side integration with their social networking feeds.
Marketplace Hub – Like app store
Games Hub – For Xbox LIVE integration
Office Hub – Office, OneNote and SharePoint Workspace and Outlook Mobile
Some features that each Windows Phone 7 Series going to or might have. This is by far that I have read on.
Every Windows Phone 7 Series will have 3 button – Home, Back and Search
No UI customization is allowed, which means all Windows Phone 7 series will have same looks regardless the manufacturer.
Xbox LIVE Integration
Windows Mobile 6.X applications will not compatible with Windows Phone 7 series
Capacitive and multi touch is a mandatory on each phone.
Microsoft will not manufacture and sell it’s own Windows Phone 7 Series.
Again, it’s best to let official videos from Microsoft to tell the features and demo the new mobile OS.
Windows Phone 7 Series Feature Videos
Windows Phone 7 Series Demos
Windows Phone 7 Series Promo Videos
Microsoft is not alone in bringing Windows Phone 7 Series to the world. AT&T has been chosen as be US’s premier partners. Other carries include Deutsche Telekom AG, Orange, SFR, Sprint, Telecom Italia, Telefónica, Telstra, T-Mobile USA, Verizon Wireless and Vodafone. Manufacturers likes Dell, Garmin-Asus, HTC Corp., HP, LG, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Toshiba and Qualcomm Inc are among that Microsoft has team up to manufacture the phone.
The first phones will be available by holiday 2010, which means by December 2010. So until then, stay still with your current phone. Hopefully the final product will deliver the same or higher excitement than what was demoed today. Microsoft can’t afford to fail again this time.