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Looks like the HTC HD2 will support Windows Phone 7 Series after all. HTC’s flagship Windows Mobile phone meets all the hardware requirements for Windows Phone 7 Series (1 GHz Snapdragon CPU, capacitive multitouch screen, etc.) except the buttons (WP7 requires back, start, search, and camera keys– the HD2 is missing a search and camera key). WinMo.nl came across an HD2 running a test version of 7 Series and reports that it was very snappy- much faster than the phone is under Windows Mobile 6.5. The Zune media app apparently wasn’t working, but, interestingly, the phone seems to be running TomTom’s Navigator GPS software (see the icon in the start screen).
Update: We’re not so sure on this one. Some of the text labels are different from what we saw at the MWC unveiling, and Microsoft seemed to indicate that background wallpapers, as seen here, would probably not be allowed.
Microsoft just wrapped up its Windows Phone 7 Series launch at MWC in Barcelona- here are some videos of the interface:
Update: MSDN Channel9 just posted a 22-minute, more in-depth walkthrough, below.
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Here are some photos of Windows Phone 7 Series interface – the Start screen and various “Hubs”:
Just a few hours left until Steve Ballmer kicks off Microsoft’s presentation at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. We’ll be seeing some pretty exciting stuff– primarily Windows Mobile 7, or, as it’ll officially be known, “Windows Phone 7 Series.”
Coverage starts at 9 AM EST on February 15. We’ll have a live video and running commentary of the press event below. More >
Through some Photoshop manipulation, Engadget found that the banners being set up outside Microsoft’s presentation space at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona say “Windows Phone 7 Series,” presumably referring to the upcoming OS’ consumer and professional releases. Full image below, and more info to come.
It’s all set, folks– Microsoft has officially confirmed that CEO Steve Ballmer will be unveiling Windows Mobile 7 this coming Monday morning at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.
The event starts on Monday, February 15 at 3 pm CET, which corresponds to:
03:00AM – Hawaii
06:00AM – Pacific
07:00AM – Mountain
08:00AM – Central
09:00AM – Eastern
02:00PM – London
03:00PM – Paris
11:00PM – Tokyo
Microsoft will have a live video feed of the event HERE. More details below.
Some more interesting tidbits on Windows Mobile 7 from Robbie Bach (head of the Microsoft division in charge of Xbox, Zune, and Windows Mobile) at CES yesterday (transcribed here, see the full webcast here):
I think the number one thing we have to do on Windows Mobile going forward is about the experience people have with phones. I don’t think we have a business model problem per-say, I don’t think we have to outstanding challenge outside of the fact that our experience is very skewed towards business users as is not as modern as it needs to be and doesn’t feel straightforward.
So the challenge for us as we come in to 2010, we are going to have new things that we will talk about at Mobile World Congress [...] The first bar people should look at will “Wow the are doing a great job with the product!” and when you look at the product; and I’m quite confident. I have the luxury of having seen it and play with it a little bit. People are going to see something that’s differentiated and something that sets the bar forward. Not in an evolutionary way compared to where we are today but something that feels, look, act and performs completely different.
In the interest of competition, let’s hope Microsoft finally understands what it needs to do to turn Windows Mobile from a stodgy, outdated business OS into a consumer-oriented platform ready to directly take on Android, WebOS, and the iPhone.
Microsoft looks all set to unveil its long-awaited next-generation OS, Windows Mobile 7, at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) next month. Responding to a question about WM7 at today’s CES Financial Analyst Briefing, Robbie Bach, president of Microsoft’s Entertainment and Devices division said that “things will be talked about at MWC,” echoing CEO Steve Ballmer’s earlier remark that “We will have a lot more to say about phones next month at Mobile World Congress.” More info after the break.