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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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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.

"Folks that want porn can buy an Android phone." -- Steve Jobs

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