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Windows Phone 7 Now Ready for Developers

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Windows Phone 7 Now Ready for Developers

Microsoft has said that it is on the “home stretch” of the development cycle of its new phone platform, Windows Phone 7, and has started to send devices out to developers.

“Our Windows Phone engineering team has hit a very meaningful milestone; one that we’re calling technical preview,” said Terry Myerson, corporate vice president of Windows Phone engineering said on official Windows Phone blog.

"Starting today, thousands of prototype phones from Asus, LG and Samsung are making their way into the hands of developers over the next few weeks. Combine that with the beta release of the Windows Phone developer tools, and I can’t wait to see how our developer partners take advantage of our new approach to smart design and integrated mobile experience," Myerson wrote.

“Our team have signed off that our software is now ready for the hands-on everyday use of a broad set of consumers around the world – and we’re looking forward to their feedback in the coming weeks,” - which certainly sounds like the platform is nearly ready to go.

Myerson also said that, “We’ve been testing usability, battery life, network connectivity, and many other metrics for a long time,” though this is no more than you’d expect. That said mobile phone testing has come under scrutiny recently following the iPhone 4 antenna debacle, which most analysts suggest came about as Apple tested its device is protective cases to hide the prototype from prying eyes.

Windows Phone 7 itself has not been without its own controversies however, such as the revelation that it will not support cut-and-paste, a missing feature that Apple was much maligned for until it was added with iPhone OS 3.0.

Either way, Microsoft sounds bullish over Windows Phone 7, but then it always does. Let’s not mention the Kin then, shall we?

Link: Microsoft Windows Phone site

JohnH

July 20, 2010, 4:02 pm

There's a very comprehensive preview of Windows Phone 7 over on engadget:





http://www.engadget.com/2010/0...





Now that's what I call a news story!

Oliver Levett

July 20, 2010, 5:18 pm

Why is it that Apple releasing a flawed product and then blaming everyone else instantly makes people doubt Samsung, Asus, LG etcs ability to make a phone that can make calls? Most people test the phones they release (and then don't release them when they don't work).





Microsoft also don't make the devices (they do a LTK to check the devices do work to their standards though), and the test devices network performance is entirely down to the OEM. Some of the test devices haven't been certified by the FCC or whoever, and so can't be used as a phone.

Hugo

July 20, 2010, 8:33 pm

Engadget's write-up is excellent. I believe Gordon is working on getting hold of a dev device, but as a UK publication we've not got quite the ease of access of the US guys.

ffrankmccaffery

July 20, 2010, 9:30 pm

I'm really looking forward to this. The 'tiles' and sideways scrolling looks very promising although the author in the Engadget video review mentioned above somewhat underplayed the latter.


@Oliver: Please don't encourages them

DevGuy

July 20, 2010, 11:46 pm

I'm on the fence about whether to wait for this or not. From what I've witnessed so far, it seems like it's going to be very closed in the same way that iOS is. That isn't necessarily a bad thing, as it will appeal to the masses and probably be widely adopted due to it's simplicity and ease of use - a la iPhone. That is not what I'm looking for though. I wonder whether Android will be the only option for those that want a bit more ability to customize and fiddle around. I'm hoping that WP7 will have a good balance between the two.

Manni

July 21, 2010, 2:28 pm

- no flash


- no multitask


- no cut and paste


- no Skype


Looks like it may be promising, but unless they make a HUGE leap by the time of release, it's either dead in the water or will have to wait for a V2.0 to be useable to me.

Ykslad

July 22, 2010, 10:33 pm

Also looking forward to this OS. I'm thinking of a day when I can connect to Xbox Live, download TV I've recorded with WMC (yes I use it) and connect to Microsoft Office easily.





PC & Xbox are Microsoft's ace cards but they need more. It must have cut and paste and Flash. Flash is a great way to get one up on Apple and god knows Microsoft will as much help as it can and lots of luck.

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