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Windows Mobile 7 home screen  (Source:
WinMo7 interface leaks early

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is scheduled to make a keynote address today at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) to announce its next generation mobile operating system. While that keynote address is still roughly two hours away, shots of the Windows Mobile 7 interface have leaked onto the web.

Engadget was able to score some images of the interface courtesy of learnbemobile. Interestingly, the shots were gleamed from banners posted on the walls in the convention center.

From the shots available, we can see that Microsoft has taken a very simplified approach to what appears to be the main home screen for the operating system. Whereas the iPhone OS is littered with icons on its home page (twenty icons including four on the dock for Phone, Mail, Safari, and iPod), Windows Phone 7 Series has icons for Phone, Text Messaging, Email, Facebook, Pictures, Xbox Live, and "Me".

The unannounced phone itself appears to have a Home button which is flanked by a "Back" button and what appears to be a "Search" button.

Stay tuned as we bring you more detail on Microsoft's latest initiative to battle the iPhone OS and Android.

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Come on
By neo64 on 2/15/2010 10:09:43 AM , Rating: 3
...really, are you expecting the UI for what is supposed to bring MS back in the game to be THAT?
if it is, i'm sticking to my TF3D home screen

By SunAngel on 2/15/10, Rating: -1
RE: Hilarious
By wushuktl on 2/15/2010 8:39:56 AM , Rating: 4
well i've never used an iphone but seeing 20 icons on a home screen i would call that littered too

RE: Hilarious
By GeekWithFire on 2/15/2010 8:51:25 AM , Rating: 2
I count 8, but I went to public school.

RE: Hilarious
By Mitch101 on 2/15/2010 9:08:15 AM , Rating: 2
I counted 7 the pictures one looks like its the full width.

RE: Hilarious
By superPC on 2/15/2010 11:31:33 AM , Rating: 5 and see how different it is from iphone

RE: Hilarious
By FlyTexas on 2/15/2010 12:27:48 PM , Rating: 2

I hope that is real, if so, damm they did it right this time.

Prior Windows Moble Phones sucked, that does not look sucky...

RE: Hilarious
By lexluthermiester on 2/15/10, Rating: 0
RE: Hilarious
By Mogounus on 2/15/2010 11:18:17 PM , Rating: 2
I never cease to be amazed by the bigotry of Apple-maniacs. So what was is it about the iphone that was so innovative? Did Apple come out with the first smart phone? No. Did Apple come out with touch screen? No. Did Apple come out with the first phone to support web browsing or playing back music? No. So what did Apple do? It took a bunch of concepts that other companies and people developed first and made it better. Is that innovation? Yes. So let’s now say Microsoft comes out with Win Mobile 7 and that it is better than Apple's OS(postulation: I haven't actually used it yet). By any sense of the word that would be innovation too. Just because Apple offers a slick interface and makes things work nicely doesn’t make it the best. I've had enough experience with their products to know that they are about controlling every aspect of how to use their stuff. For me that makes it worse than another comparably less sophisticated product. And for me it's a significantly enough big deal that I will never by anything with the apple logo until they change their attitude.

RE: Hilarious
By Targon on 2/15/2010 8:52:06 AM , Rating: 1
The iPod Touch is a good device, but as a PHONE, minus all the apps, can you honestly call the iPhone a good phone? Apps should be seen as a plus, but not the dominant reason a device is considered to be great.

When it comes to icons, the option to put them up on a home page should be there, but the number of initial icons should be minimal. Do you LIKE buying a name brand computer with 20 "shop for this product" icons all over the desktop?

RE: Hilarious
By iDarwin on 2/15/2010 10:18:57 AM , Rating: 2
Isn't the number of apps and ease of programming them a primary reason for the success of Windows on the desktop? If all of your games or applications were written for Mac or Linux, wouldn't you be using those instead?

Phones these days aren't just phones, they're mobile computers with a complete operating system. We're already seeing some devices cross from a phone to a computer completely, like the HP table that runs the Android OS.

RE: Hilarious
By invidious on 2/15/2010 3:03:25 PM , Rating: 3
What exactly is the iphone lacking that other "good phones" have? The bottons work when I press them, I can hear people on the other end when they talk, and they can hear me when I talk. Am I missing something? It even supports space age features like call waiting, speed dial, caller id, and voicemail.

Sarcasm aside I suspect you just dont like smartphones for whatever reason. The phone portion of any smartphone is a small piece of the pie. And your analogy comparing apps to bloatware that comes with a PC is moronic, 90% of the icons are things the user choses to put there, and the ones you can't remove, you can still move them to the back page so you dont have to see them. I fail to see how anyone who has actually used an iPhone would have your concerns, only a butthurt anti-apple nerd.

RE: Hilarious
By nikon133 on 2/15/2010 3:18:35 PM , Rating: 2
I have it and I like it as device, but as a phone alone... probably the worst phone I had recently. Vodafone coverage is decent here in Auckland NZ, but on a few spots where BB Pearl and Nokia E63 give me half signal strength, my 3Gs gives me 1 bar and often "No Service". My wife's and my friend's 3Gs are doing the same, so it is not just one phone.

But it is very versatile and smooth PDA, and great eBook reader. Chat, email and web (as long as you don't need Flash) are quite useful and well executed. With better phone performance and less Apple's paranoid limitations, it would be perfect. As it is, for me it is still OK.

It's the Apps stupid!
By ranger203 on 2/15/10, Rating: -1
RE: It's the Apps stupid!
By dark matter on 2/15/2010 10:10:23 AM , Rating: 4

It's the stupid apps.

RE: It's the Apps stupid!
By DeepBlue1975 on 2/15/2010 4:44:27 PM , Rating: 2
I think he rather meant "Stupid Apple's".

RE: It's the Apps stupid!
By Flunk on 2/15/2010 11:46:56 PM , Rating: 2
Are you really arguing the iPhone has more/better apps than Windows Mobile? There are hundreds of times the number of apps on Windows Mobile (although not all of those are good). It's a heck of a lot easier to program for and a lot less constrained, plus the platform has been around a lot longer.

And to hammer this in more WinMo wins on apps for one simple reason. Opera Mobile (not mini, which Opera has ported to iPhone but can't sell) which includes flash support. That's right, full Opera with flash support.

RE: It's the Apps stupid!
By Flunk on 2/15/2010 11:48:42 PM , Rating: 2
As a follow-up, I didn't mean to say that I think Windows Mobile is perfect. Just on the question of applications that iPhone still has a long way to go to catch up. Microsoft has a lot of work to do to make main interface more useful and efficient. Maybe 7 will help, who knows at this point.

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