Of course, we’ve seen bits and glimpses of the Windows Phone 7 experience before, but never in such detail.
Greg Sullivan, a Senior Product Manager for Windows Phone at Microsoft has done the most comprehensive demo of the new mobile OS to date.
Important bits include the fact that OEMs will be able to customize the UI only to a certain (limited) extent. For example, skinning the whole interface will be impossible, but they can add their own hubs. The basic point here is that OEMs are free to add functionality where they feel that’s needed, but can’t outright replace anything.
It will be interesting to see how the likes of HTC will deal with these Microsoft-imposed limitations. They’ve gotten used to putting their highly-customized Sense UI on all the phones they make, and in this case the customizations they do make may have to be a lot less flashy than that.
Then again, the whole custom UI craze was originally a response to Windows Mobile’s archaic looks. Perhaps in a very modern OS like Windows Phone 7 the need for these experiences is not felt at all.
Anyway, here’s Greg Sullivan walking you through Windows Phone 7:
Looks interesting. October can’t come soon enough, that’s for sure.
If you liked the post, you might find these interesting too:
- Windows Phone 8 devices will be upgradeable to the next major OS version, Microsoft promises
- Microsoft pays mobile developers to create apps for Windows Phone 7
- Asus, Lenovo, Toshiba, Samsung to launch Windows RT tablets this year. Others await Microsoft’s permission in January
- Microsoft confirms Windows Phone 7 launch partners: HTC, Samsung, LG, Dell and Asus
- Windows Mobile 7 might be unveiled at MWC 2010