Microsoft Unveils Nine Windows Phone 7 Handsets To Take On Apple’s iPhone
Microsoft officially launched Windows Phone 7 – its next generation mobile operating system at a media event earlier today.
Microsoft also revealed nine new Windows Phone 7 handsets that will ship by the holiday season to finally join the smartphone race and take on Apple's iPhone, Android smartphones and RIM's BlackBerry.
Microsoft had unveiled Windows Phone 7 at Mobile World Congress 2010 back in February.
Here’s a snippet from Microsoft's press statement:
In today’s busy world we are spending more time heads-down on our phones than interacting with the people we’re sitting next to and missing out on important life moments. Windows Phone 7 was designed to deliver a mobile experience that has the phone working better for people, bringing together the things they care about most and helping them to get things done faster.
Windows Phone 7 breaks the current smartphone convention to help people quickly and easily find and consume data, information and services from the Web and applications. The new phones are distinguished by unique design and integrated experiences built from Microsoft’s deep portfolio such as Xbox LIVE, Microsoft Office Mobile, Zune, Windows Live, Bing and more.
For example, the customizable Start screen with Live Tiles is a personal experience, showing people their own content. The Live Tiles come to life with real-time updates from the Web such as news, appointments or the status of friends. New Live Tiles can be easily created from whatever content a consumer wants, such as applications, websites and music.
Microsoft claims that Windows Phone 7 makes everyday tasks faster by getting more done in fewer steps and providing timely information in a ‘glance and go’ format and has launched ads to drive home that point.
AT&T and T-Mobile are going to Microsoft’s launch carrier partners in the US.
AT&T has announced that Samsung Focus will be available November 8 and the HTC Surround and LG Quantum will be available in time for the holidays.
Meanwhile, T-Mobile has announced that HTC HD7 will be available in mid-November and the Dell Venue Pro will be available in time for the holidays.
LG Optimus 7, HTC 7 Mozart, Samsung OMNIA 7, HTC 7 Trophy are the other Windows Phone 7 handsets that will be available in Europe and Asia.
You can checkout the video that gives a glimpse of Windows Phone 7 handsets that will be available in the US:
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