Microsoft Unveils Windows Phone 7 Series, No Phone Yet

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There you go, Microsoft joins the MWC 2010 party by announcing its completely rebranded Windows mobile OS, now called Windows Phone 7 series.  But aside from the rebranding, Microsoft has also mentioned several new and exciting features of its latest mobile OS.

Although there is no definite handset yet that will carry Windows Phone 7 Series,  Microsoft is banking on the mobile platform’s brand new appeal. In fact, 7 series was built completely from the ground up.  And among its nice features include – a new home screen, integration with XBOX Live and Microsoft Zune, as well as enhanced social networking features.

In addition, the new OS makes a Windows Phone 7 Series phone look a lot like Microsoft Zune. But it heavily focuses on social networking features. And integrating the OS with Xbox, the OS will have Live games, game avatars as well as profiles.

What’s pretty interesting about his development is that Microsoft also announced that their new OS will require mobile phone manufacturers to adhere to a one identity policy. This means that  new phones will be sporting  high res touchscreen, and  three front-facing buttons.

Windows Phone 7 Series will be supported by various telecoms company including AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint, Telefonica, and more.

Via Engadget


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