Over the last year or so Microsoft has been leaving my radar. Not because I don’t like them – in fact, I got my start as a Microsoftee, however they just are clunky. I mean when I upgraded my WinMo phone to an iPhone; I realized the change was like upgrading from Windows 3.1 to Windows 7. Now Microsoft has done something cool again, which just goes to show you that billions of dollars can still effect change (unless of course the government is doing the spending)
I have renewed faith in Microsoft, commerce and therefore the world. See how fickle I am that a new phone OS can make me feel that way? 🙂
From the MS press release:
With Windows Phone 7 Series, Microsoft takes a fundamentally different approach to phone software. Smart design begins with a new, holistic design system that informs every aspect of the phone, from its visually appealing layout and motion to its function and hardware integration. On the Start screen, dynamically updated â€œlive tilesâ€ show users real-time content directly, breaking the mold of static icons that serve as an intermediate step on the way to an application. Create a tile of a friend, and the user gains a readable, up-to-date view of a friendâ€™s latest pictures and posts, just by glancing at Start.
Every Windows Phone 7 Series phone will come with a dedicated hardware button for Bing, providing one-click access to search from anywhere on the phone, while a special implementation of Bing search provides intent-specific results, delivering the most relevant Web or local results, depending on the type of query.
Windows Phone 7 Series creates an unrivaled set of integrated experiences on a phone through Windows Phone hubs. Hubs bring together related content from the Web, applications and services into a single view to simplify common tasks. Windows Phone 7 Series includes six hubs built on specific themes reflecting activities that matter most to people:
|â€¢||People. This hub delivers an engaging social experience by bringing together relevant content based on the person, including his or her live feeds from social networks and photos. It also provides a central place from which to post updates to Facebook and Windows Live in one step.|
|â€¢||Pictures. This hub makes it easy to share pictures and video to a social network in one step. Windows Phone 7 Series also brings together a userâ€™s photos by integrating with the Web and PC, making the phone the ideal place to view a personâ€™s entire picture and video collection.|
|â€¢||Games. This hub delivers the first and only official Xbox LIVE experience on a phone, including Xbox LIVE games, Spotlight feed and the ability to see a gamerâ€™s avatar, Achievements and gamer profile. With more than 23 million active members around the world, Xbox LIVE unlocks a world of friends, games and entertainment on Xbox 360, and now also on Windows Phone 7 Series.|
|â€¢||Music + Video. This hub creates an incredible media experience that brings the best of Zune, including content from a userâ€™s PC, online music services and even a built-in FM radio into one simple place that is all about music and video. Users can turn their media experience into a social one with Zune Social on a PC and share their media recommendations with like-minded music lovers. The playback experience is rich and easy to navigate, and immerses the listener in the content.|
|â€¢||Marketplace. This hub allows the user to easily discover and load the phone with certified applications and games.|
|â€¢||Office. This hub brings the familiar experience of the worldâ€™s leading productivity software to the Windows Phone. With access to Office, OneNote and SharePoint Workspace all in one place, users can easily read, edit and share documents. With the additional power of Outlook Mobile, users stay productive and up to date while on the go.|