October 12th, 2010
Microsoft has launched Windows Phone 7, its latest attempt to break back into the smartphone market.
September 6th, 2010
Once at the top of the smart-phone pack, Microsoft’s Windows Mobile operating system was quickly out-designed, outpaced, and out-thought by both Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android. After an eternity playing catch up, Microsoft seems to have finally reached the standards set by two of its most innovative competitors.
It’s been just over six months since Windows Phone 7 was announced at Mobile World Congress 2010 – as the follow-up to the much-maligned Windows Mobile 6 operating system, and Microsoft has just announced it has hit RTM (Release To Manufacturing) status, meaning it’s a matter of weeks rather than months until handsets start appearing for review.
With Windows Phone 7, Microsoft has really started over from scratch: gone are the Start menu and fiddly stylus. If you’ve ever used a Zune HD, you’ll know what to expect: large on-screen buttons and tabs, very straightforward, and very stylish – a breath of fresh air in the icon craze we’ve had since iOS and Android. We’ve got the scoop on what to look forward to in this rather tasty – and rather late – upgrade for Windows Mobile users: