Windows Phone 7 Series: What you need to know going in
Windows Phone 7 Series is official, and so ends the Windows Mobile era. You undoubtedly have questions, and we have answers. So here we go.
- The usual suspects are lined up around the block for Windows Phone 7 Series, including AT&T, Deutsche Telekom AG, Orange, SFR, Sprint, Telecom Italia, Telefónica, Telstra, T-Mobile USA, Verizon Wireless and Vodafone, and manufacturers Dell, Garmin-Asus, HTC Corp., HP, LG, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Toshiba and Qualcomm Inc.
- Manufacturers include Dell, Garmin-Asus, HTC Corp., HP, LG, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Toshiba and Qualcomm Inc.
- The first phones are expected to be available by the 2010 holiday season.
- Xbox Live and Zune are coming to the phone. But don't even think about calling it an Xbox phone or a Xune phone.
- The Zune ecosystem is going international (finally!), as is the desktop software.
- The Windows Phone 7 Series experience is based around a series of "hubs." The hubs include "People," "Pictures," "Games," "Music and video," "Marketplace" and "Office."
- The Windows Mobile name is no more. Gone. Kaput.
- Bing is front and center, as you'd expect.