Windows Phone 7 Spurs Microsoft's Mobile Strategy

There was very little detail about the hardware architecture. Microsoft did reveal that the phones will offer a multi-touch screen experience “in the same way as” desktop Windows 7. And, Windows Phone 7 devices will combine a WVGA multi-touch screen with a display technique, part of Microsoft’s ClearType technology called “sub pixel positioning.” The combination results in text that’s very easy to read, according to Microsoft.

“Microsoft has wisely (finally) decided [that] all device vendors must meet minimum hardware and software resource requirements before their devices will be certified,” writes technology consultant Jack Gold, principle of J. Gold Associates, Northborough, Mass. “This should make for a greatly enhanced user experience, although it will prevent some vendors (e.g., HTC) from creating their own layered UI on top of the OS to make their devices unique.”

Finally, all the leading U.S. mobile carriers plan to introduce Windows Phone 7 devices later this year or early next year. Microsoft is working especially closely with AT&T, currently the sole U.S. operator for the Apple iPhone, and with Orange in Europe.

Lees promised new development tools and resources for Windows Phone application developers but wouldn’t go into details about them. Those details, including to whether or to what degree the phone’s hubs are open to developers, may be critical in getting enterprise developers to embrace the platform.

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