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Microsoft Windows Phone 7 hands on First Look Review

Microsoft Windows Phone 7 is launching in few months. So here is the first look preview at the new OS.

Look
Asus Windows Phone 7 Smartphone
The UI on this phone also known as Metro UI, Zune or Xbox Live.
Windows Phone 7 on homepage uses tiles, instead of application icons. This makes it look different from Apple iOS and Google Android.

Tiles offer several advantages. First off, there is a great deal of flexibility about what's on a tile. For example, the address book tile has pictures of your friends on it, not just an icon just like a thumbnail view in Windows.
Also, the tiles can be different sizes, so more important ones are easier to see.
Tiles will be used to give the user some quick status updates. For example, the email tiles shows how many unread messages are waiting. Developers will have a certain amount of control about what appears on the tiles for their apps.
Unlike the Android OS, there are no homescreen widgets, and there is only one home screen, though you can make this as long as you like by adding as many tiles as you want.
You probably won't want to add more than a few, though, as the homescreen is really about giving you quick access to your favorite software, people, and music. A small arrow to one side gives you access to a complete list of the apps installed on the device, so you have easy access to everything.

PERFORMANCE
Windows Phone 7's performance was on par on the prototype device I was using. Everything was lightening fast.
But there's something you need to keep in mind: Windows Phone 7 is not a multitasking operating system. When you switch away from an app, it closes itself. This is probably one of the reasons why the performance is so good, but it's definitely a tradeoff.
A definite drawback is that Microsoft left support Cut & Paste out of this OS.
Software
I tried out the Microsoft Office apps, and was quite pleased. Admittedly, I was just opening the small demo files for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, but they opened in a flash.
I also used the web browser, and was equally pleased. I went to the Tips & Ticks with SMS Fun page, and the Windows Phone 7 browser correctly handled the scrolling frame that lists recent news articles.
Microsoft Windows Phone 7 People ScreenThe address book -- called People -- stores the information you'd expect, plus it ties into Facebook and other social networking services. You can see more than just a single recent FB post from your friend, you can get all the recent ones, and even post replies, raising the question on whether you need a stand-alone app for this service.
One thing you need to get used to with the People app -- as well as the Games, Pictures, Office, and Music+Video ones -- is that what you're seeing is just a portion of a larger screen. For example, the image to the left is showing the People app. If you slide the screen to one side, you'll see a list of the most recent Facebook posts. If you slide it the other, you'll see images of people you've contacted recently.
I didn't get a chance to test out all the bundled software -- there wasn't enough time. But i was pleased with what I saw.
Hardware
Some of you are probably curious about the smartphone I saw running Windows Phone 7. I haven't mentioned it because it's not very interesting: it was the same prototype unit that Microsoft has been demoing this operating system on since this new OS was first unveiled.
Still, Microsoft is being cautious, and I was not allowed to take any pictures.
But we already know quite a bit about what all the devices are going to be like, as Microsoft has set some fairly stringent hardware requirements for its new operating system.
All smartphones running Windows Phone 7 will have to have a WVGA (800 x 480) capacitive touchscreen, Wi-Fi, at least a 5 megapixel camera with flash, a GPS receiver, and 8 GB of storage and 256 MB of RAM or more. The feature list also must include an accelerometer, compass, proximity sensor, and an FM radio.

Final Thoughts
Based on my short amount of time testing out Windows Phone 7, I can tell you I like what I see. It's both functional and good looking, and the speed is more than acceptable.
It looks like Microsoft is going to offer a decent platform, but the real question is going to be whether it will get the support from other companies it needs. Even the best mobile operating system is going to bomb without a large collection of third-party developers. This group is going to have to write new applications for the platform, as ones written for Windows Mobile aren't compatible.
Only if the Windows Phone 7 software store is quickly populated with apps then only this OS will become a serious competitor for the Android and iOS.
Microsoft has revealed that Dell, Samsung, HTC, LG and Asus are first manufacturers to launch Windows 7 Phone.

PS:- You can get the Windows Phone 7 look on your Windows PC to get the idea of what is coming by installing:-

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