Windows Phone 7 – the Zune phone has finally arrived

steve-ms Microsoft has unveiled Windows Phone 7, its new mobile platform, with five new handsets for AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile, on October 11, 2010. The OS will come in the European markets as soon as Oct. 21 followed by US launch in November and next year.

AT&T and T-Mobile will begin shipping Windows Phone 7 handsets in November. Similar devices from Sprint and Verizon will be available next year.

AT&T’s Windows Phone 7 devices include the HTC Surround, the Samsung Focus, and the LG Quantum. T-Mobile’s Windows device are HTC HD7 and the Dell Venue Pro. Sprint’s sole model HTC 7 Pro will be released early next year with Windows Phone 7 installed in it.

Microsoft may be reluctant to say it but, the new phone is more or less Microsoft’s ill fated music player Zune with phone attached to it. At the same time, Qualcomm’s 1-GHz QSD 8250 chipset is fast and efficient, HSDPA 7.2, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and 5-megapixel cameras are pretty impressive specification for the phone. Zune, Xbox, and Microsoft Office make it a compelling device. But, lack of cut-and-paste features is a great setback for the Office users. It is surprising that many of the built-in apps lack landscape display support.

With market flooded with iPhone and Android phone, Microsoft has a steep uphill path to grab a good enough chunk of market share.

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