Windows Mobile 7, we hardly knew ye. While Redmond did make their big announcement this week, they have changed the name of their OS from Windows Mobile, to Windows Phone 7. And that isn't the only change 7 is going to bring to the table.
WinPhones will use high-resolution, capacitive, multitouch displays. Users will be able to manipulate them in similar ways to Windows 7. Each handset will have a start button, Bing button, and back button. No stylus will be needed (duh).
Windows Phone 7 devices will emphasize functionality as both personal and business devices. They use a scrolling, tile-based UI that displays updated content in the same way as the Widgets on your current smartphone. At the top of each application, there will be an app bar that contains all of the functions used in the app.
Bing search will take geolocation into account, and the Phone/address auto-detector will link your dialer up to the map application. Overall, Microsoft is focusing on seven core things with these new devices; social networking, photos, games (Xbox live!), music, marketplace, and office. They are also trying to design efficient phones, that require the minimum possible inputs to achieve the desired functions.
And now for the bad news...no Adobe Flash support in version one, and a “close” partnership with AT&T (and Orange, but they aren't so bad). AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, Orange, SFR, Sprint, Telecom Italia, Telefonica, Telstra, T-Mobile USA, Verizon, Vodafone, Dell, Garmin-Asus, HTC, HP, LG, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Toshiba and Qualcomm will all be building or carrying Windows Phone 7 devices.
The first of these phones should be out by holiday 2010.