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Video of Windows Phone 7 UI

Still questions to be answered about Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7, but I have to say the “throw out the past and start over” approach to the UI looks very, every exciting. This video (promotional of course) shows you some of what’s to come. The chatter so far seems to be that most folks are very impressed.

And if you’re looking for more video there’s a 22 minute walk thru on Channel 9.

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  1. smh

    02/15/2010 at 1:06 pm

    Finally Microsoft shows what has been and is possible with the Win Mobile code.
    Some of my acquaintances have made modifications to their WinMo phones so that it is possible to do many of the things available on android and iphone os and still retain the winMo compatibility – though they have had to modify the code and hardcode most of the functions themselves; lets hope that Win Phone 7 will bring functionality and usability to the average smartphone user that is using windows based phones and or services.
    Win Phone 7 also shows that there is still hope for Microsoft.

    Although personally I don’t think I will ever use anything that is not compatible with RIM BIS/BES – but that is not to say that I won’t be carrying a backup phone that maybe of other brands than BlackBerry.

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  2. Tim

    02/15/2010 at 11:58 pm

    Maybe I’m getting old… but I’m not really impressed with the new UI for several reasons.
    1) I don’t use facebook to update my status every hour, and frankly I don’t care what my friends are doing every hour of the day. This seems to be a key features of the new OS, and I frankly don’t care or will ever use it.
    2) Xbox Live integration also seems like a big feature, but I don’t have an Xbox nor do my closest friends. Even if we all owned an Xbox, I don’t see how I’d want that access on my phone. It’s just not a big deal to me.
    3) No compatibility with old apps. Wow, a definite set back if this is correct. The main advantage of WinMo was the customization and various programs you could find… if that’s all gone, they’re back to square one and competing with Apple’s App Store.

    Things I do like:
    1) Syncing contacts and other things over wifi or cellular is neat. It’s like MobileMe for free.
    2) Nicer UI but still not a fan of the colored tiles. They’re simple and minimalist, but too minimalist for me.
    3) Seems like a good start at least.

    Maybe I’m old, but these constant updates and integration just isn’t for me. Oh, I’m 25 so I don’t really know who the target audience is either. I really can’t picture my parents or professors using this.

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  3. Osiris

    02/16/2010 at 1:53 am

    Yeah im not a fan of the basic tiles, ie the 4 that dominate the top half of the screen but despite MS locking down the device I have no doubt an app or something will ensure we get better tiles up theres.

    Im likewise not inclined for xbox or facebook but ill buy the thing just for the office improvements especially with calendar and inbox view.

    Overall its a pretty bold direction completely shattering the mould but yeah consumer market is where the masses are will be interesting to see what business apps comes out for this.

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  4. Zeuxidamas

    02/16/2010 at 11:51 am

    I could care less about social networks, photos, or music on my work-week phone. If it does not meet my business needs, then this (my current HTC TouchPro on Sprint) will be my last Windows Mobile phone. The only hope is for the Office Hub and Office Communicator, which I did not see mentioned in this video; maybe I missed them. I need to be able to bring these pages to the surface and be my home page/start page, or at least know that the phone will leave it on the last page I put it on, not always jerk me back to the useless (for me during the week) social front-end. Oh yeah, and I must be able to ink. It looks like all the phones built on this platform are going to capacitive screens that do not support inking. If so, again, this will be my last Windows Mobile phone.

    Some things are cool until everyone else starts doing them and the masses ruin it by incentivizing manufacturers/vendors to build and design only what the mainstream wants. I understand the need to compete with the iPhone and Android. I just don’t agree with implementing it in a way that leaves any other user needing different requirements out in the cold, if that is going to be the case. Guess I will starting shopping for dumb phones and a PDA.
    – Vr.Z..>>

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