New Windows Mobile 7 looks Zune-y
Today at Mobile World Congress 2010, Microsoft announced their new mobile OS — Windows Phone 7 Series. Microsoft will bring together Xbox Live games and the Zune music and video experience on a mobile phone.
Although there’s no phone yet to speak of, expect to see new WinMo7 models by March 2010. The biggest surprise of all is that the company is putting on hold developments for the current WinMo 6.5 and did the Windows Phone 7 from scratch.
Actually, they’ve lifted a lot of the design and UI from the Zune HD. And as someone who’ve been using the Zune HD and enjoyed the interface, I can say that it will be pretty interesting how it will work out as a phone UI. It’s a huge departure from the old Windows Mobile interface, that’s for sure.
Microsoft is even promising that all Windows Phone 7 handsets will have a dedicated hardware button for Bing which can do search anywhere on the phone and the web. This is basically the same Search button you see with Google phones.
It will also be interesting to see if Microsoft can push its Zune Marketplace to match even that of the Android Market or the iTunes App Store. If you own an HTC HD2 now running WinMo 6.5, they you should be able to upgrade to Windows Phone 7 when it comes out.