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At least five handsets will be available at launch

Though a specific launch date has not yet been announced, news surrounding Windows Phone 7 is beginning to increase. Last week, DailyTech reported handsets sporting beta versions of the upcoming OS made their rounds for developers and reviewers. More recently, Pocket-lintconfirmed Microsoft's launch partners for Windows Phone 7, including  Dell, ASUS, LG, HTC, and Samsung.

All five companies are expected to have a handset available at launch, speculated to be sometime in October.

The recent news confirms the existence of a number of Windows Phone 7 handsets in development, including Dell's Lightning, and the LG Pacific. Greg Sullivan, Microsoft's senior product manager, told Pocket-lint that at least five handsets would be available at launch, sporting both full-Qwerty and touchscreen configurations.

Sullivan also confirmed that Windows Phone 7 will not be carrier-specific, opting for Google's Android route instead of Apple's iPhone model. 

"We want as many people as possible to be able to get it", Sullivan said.

He said he hoped the new OS would be a top contender among Android OS, Apple's iOS, and RIM's Blackberry OS.

"We will offer the best aspects of Android and the best of the iPhone, giving users the flexibility of different form factors, but with the rigidity of apps that are guaranteed to work on every device that is out there," Sullivan told Pocket-lint.

Microsoft is hoping its new smartphone OS will parallel the recent success of Windows 7, which earned it a record Q4 profit. The company's latest mobile offering, the KIN line, ended in failure when Microsoft pulled the handsets just two months after launch, thanks to paltry sales numbers.

Early reviews of Windows Phone 7, running on a Samsung device that Sullivan said would not be available at launch, have been mixed at best. The OS still lacks a copy-and-paste function and third-party multi-tasking. Facebook users are forced to combine all of their Facebook friends into the phone's contact list upon logging into the application. On the positive side, the OS has a decent version of Internet Explorer, an informative homescreen, nice camera results and music player.  

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RE: Microsoft Phones
By bhieb on 7/23/2010 10:56:55 AM , Rating: 2
Problem that I see is they screwed themselves when they licensed the Exchange push to Android and iOS. Don't get me wrong I enjoy the options, but in the past if you wanted full exchange sync you had RIM or WiMO. Now it seems any "smart" phone can do it. Good for us, bad for MS.

From an IT perspective, in a shop with no RIM server. Pre iPhone/Android if you wanted full exchange integration you only had one real choice WiMo (BiS can do it but not as fluid). Older WiMo phones were crap but we had a ton of them because of this, now, not so much.

RE: Microsoft Phones
By Mitch101 on 7/23/2010 1:42:59 PM , Rating: 2
As a messaging engineer.

If you must put iPhone/Droids on Exchange use Good Technologies.
If you've seen the issues with the iPhone and Droids on Exchange you would steer clear of those train wrecks. Its just not an enterprise solution. Good makes it tolerable. I hate recovering deleted data because its not ready for prime time but managers want to use them. Upper Management loves shiny things over things that work.

Blackberry might be the most secure/best in the enterprise but they are falling behind and make mistakes they dont own up to. The Storm is an indication that Blackberry knows it has serious competition coming. Blackberry servers make too many connections to exchange and if we can take out the BES servers and BES licenses with a Microsoft solution built in then BES will be out the door.

As far as the Mobile 7 device Microsoft owns Exchange if they screw this up there is a huge internal issue that needs to be addressed. But I'll wait till Mobile 7 is released and we see Service pack 1 for Exchange 2010.

But I'll give you the two killer words that Microsoft can use to kill blackberry/iPhone/Droid "Public Folders" and "Sharepoint"

Public Folders should be dead but they still exist. Still how will you do Sharepoint on blackberry/iPhone/Droid?

"Nowadays, security guys break the Mac every single day. Every single day, they come out with a total exploit, your machine can be taken over totally. I dare anybody to do that once a month on the Windows machine." -- Bill Gates

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