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Windows Phone 7 – A New Operating System For Smartphones

January 14, 2011 By: lilybird Category: Software

During July 2010, Microsoft previewed to the press a beta stage development of their latest operating system that would hopefully be able to directly compete with Apples iOS4, Google’s Android 2.2 and subsequent 2.3, and other mobile phone operating systems. In October and November 2010, the final version of Microsoft Windows Phone 7 version 1.0 was released to the general public on a variety of handsets from a number of manufacturers.

For the new operating system, Microsoft had decided that the previous Windows Mobile platform had reached the end of its life and terminated development in favor of an all new system. With WP7, Microsoft decided to target the consumer market solely, as opposed to the enterprise market that Windows Mobile was previously aimed at. This meant that more had to be done to support popular and fashionable functions such as social networking support and touch screen capability, which it seems it has achieved.

What makes the Windows Phone 7 operating system so good is its fantastic visual interface that is just as easy to use as competing operating systems from Google and Apple. Page transitions are fast and smooth and it is able to integrate compatibility with Microsoft’s Xbox Live and the Microsoft Zune entertainment platform and portable music player. WP7 also uses social networking functions to great effect, with the ability to be in constant synchronization with your Hotmail, Google, Facebook and of course MSN contacts, plus emails and notifications from each.

Some reports have suggested that Microsoft have been working on an updated mobile phone platform since 2004 but each one has been scrapped and some even being adapted into Windows Mobile updates. It has been confirmed, though, that in actual fact the Windows Phone 7 OS has only been in development for a relatively short period since 2008, when Microsoft first recognized that the Windows Mobile platform needed too much work. Ultimately this has meant that although it is a great OS, WP7 is still at least a years development behind Android and iOS4.

To sum up, the Windows Phone 7 operating system is a great looking platform that is easy to use and access, with very good multi-tasking capabilities compared to the competition and very efficient processor utilization but ultimately lacking in most other areas. What makes up for this is that WP7 is a great starting point for future updates to iron out these small problems and Microsoft seem to be committed to their new platform. So although it may seem that right now WP7 can not quite compete with Android and iOS4, it looks like it will not be long before it can.

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