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I hope Stevie Wonder (Steve Ballmer) of MSFT was right when he proclaimed that 7 was a luck number for MSFT. It better be, 'cause I am already loving the Windows 7 experience and some more WinMo oops now WinPho (I coined that term remember that :)) won't hurt either. Microsoft has covered all the nook and crannies of the interface in a video on MSDN.

What MSFT has managed to achieve here was totally unexpected from the Redmond. A complete revamp of the platform. They've thrown all crap out of the window(s) and have started afresh. And boy is it fresh! A comparison of Windows Phone 7 with its counterparts in 6.5 and 6.5.3 reveals that there is no comparison. What we may have on our hands coming Holiday season is an entire new mobile experience.

The comparison table is below (Courtesy Engadget)

  windows 6.5 Windows 6.5.3 Windows 7
  Windows Mobile 6.5 Windows Mobile 6.5.3 Windows Phone 7
Windows CE kernel 5.2 5.2 6
Minimum resolution None None WVGA
Skinnable Yes Yes No
Finger friendly No Barely Yes
Multitouch No Basic Yes
Capacitive touchscreen No Yes Yes
Stylus Required Optional None
Touchscreen keyboard Unfriendly Finger-friendly Finger-friendly
Required buttons Start Start Start, Back, Search
Operating metaphor Apps Apps Task hubs
Pane switching Tabs Swipe Pivot
Browser IE Mobile 6 IE Mobile 6 New, still IE-based
Zune integration No No Yes
Xbox integration No No Yes
Courting enterprise Yes Yes Not yet
Social networking Apps / Skins Apps / Skins Built-in


These specs though looking promising in the demo stuff, it’s still the first date goodness and a marriage may pose unknown issues. However for an infatuation it sure is worth every penny drooling over this promised goodness.

Posted on Tuesday, February 16, 2010 10:11 AM | Back to top

Comments on this post: She's out and she's called Windows Phone 7

# re: She's out and she's called Windows Phone 7
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This is awesome, I'm very excited about this and eagerly waiting for its release. :)
Left by Online Department Store on Feb 16, 2010 12:22 PM

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Vole never inovates.... born copycats... be it DOS, GUI, pointing device or you name it... now the mobile OS! Talk of any surprise here. LOL.

BTW. The all 2D look is great. But usability WILL be the main issue with all those swipes all over the screen.
Left by ruenigma on Feb 17, 2010 11:54 PM

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Hmm, the Vole hater and WinMo brandishing geek posteth! :) Cant disagree too much with you on the Innovation front, however I am yet to get over the WinPho 7 hangover. So while lasts say whatever.

And yes the 2D UI is welcome for sure after all the (non)Sense, and SPB razzmatazz.
Left by Sarang on Feb 18, 2010 10:46 PM

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