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EXCLUSIVE: Video guide to Windows Phone 7

 

Posted on 27 Aug 2010 at 17:39

Will Coleman, OS & mobile product manager lead for Microsoft UK, gives us an exclusive guide to Windows Phone 7's new interface.

  • Please note: the hardware in this video is a prototype only.

While the hardware might be a prototype, the software is edging ever closer to the final code.

Confounding many people's expectations, the new phone operating system is looking good. So good, PC Pro's deputy editor Barry Collins found five reasons why he might switch to it.

Take a look and let us know what you think in the comments.

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User comments

I really like the design and style of the OS. Being an iPhone user I'm actually fairly bored with the look of it. Microsoft has created an original and stylist OS. Whether it catches on is another matter but I'm considering switching to it.

By TimoGunt on 28 Aug 2010

Agreed, while the iPhone is slick, the interface is effectively just the desktop transposed to the small screen.

The MS OS is the first truely new, innovative approach.

Just hope it works as well as it looks like it will.

By Grunthos on 31 Aug 2010

MediaCenterPhone

The concept of the interface is very similar to Windows Media Center - not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing, but I applaud MS for not developing an interface that's just an iPhone rip-off. I'd be very interested to see how usable it is on such a small screen - I was pleasantly surprised how well the WMC interface worked with a proper remote and on a big TV.

By stephenjfa on 2 Sep 2010

Vertical Slice

The WP7 paradigm seems to be a vertical slice of a wide-screen view. To see it all, you scroll left/right.

This suggests to me that the same UI layer will work on a wide-screen tablet, where the left/right scrolling will be unnecessary.

By fogtax on 2 Sep 2010

Disappointing

The "panoramic view" looks like parallax scrolling on the Commodore Amiga did almost 20 years ago. There's way too much screen real estate wasted in tile view.
The tiles themselves look ugly and dull.
The scroll inertia and rubber banding are ripped straight out of the iPhone UI.
The "people hub" looks utterly baffling and unmanageable.
All in all I'm not impressed.

On the plus side the Hotmail calendar integration might be usefull and it looked quick and fluid (probably down to very good Samsung hardware).

By CtJackal1 on 5 Sep 2010

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