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Microsoft confirms initial availability of Windows Phone 7
Posted on 12-Oct-2010 08:18. | Tags Filed under: News.

Microsoft confirms initial availability of Windows Phone 7
Earlier today Microsoft Corp. joined its partners in revealing nine new Windows Phone 7 handsets that will be available this year from mobile operators in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific.

There are more than 60 mobile operators in over 30 countries worldwide committed to bringing Windows Phones to market.

“We have a beautiful lineup in this first wave of Windows Phone 7 handsets,” said Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer at Microsoft. “Microsoft and its partners are delivering a different kind of mobile phone and experience — one that makes everyday tasks faster by getting more done in fewer steps and providing timely information in a ‘glance and go’ format.”

Windows Phone 7 will be available in a variety of form factors from device-makers such as Dell, HTC Corp., LG and Samsung, and from mobile operators including América Móvil, AT&T, Deutsche Telekom AG, Movistar, O2, Orange, SFR, SingTel, Telstra, TELUS, T-Mobile USA and Vodafone.

All Windows Phone 7 phones will include the high-performance Snapdragon processor from Qualcomm. A broad selection of phones will begin shipping in holiday 2010 with more arriving in 2011, including phones from Sprint and Verizon Wireless. In addition, select models will be available at Microsoft Store locations and from Amazon.

Windows Phone 7 breaks the current smartphone convention to help people quickly and easily find and consume data, information and services from the Web and applications. The new phones are distinguished by unique design and integrated experiences built from Microsoft’s deep portfolio such as Xbox LIVE, Microsoft Office Mobile, Zune, Windows Live, Bing and more.

For example, the customizable Start screen with Live Tiles is a personal experience, showing people their own content. The Live Tiles come to life with real-time updates from the Web such as news, appointments or the status of friends. New Live Tiles can be easily created from whatever content a consumer wants, such as applications, websites and music.

Windows Phone 7 marks a new era in mobile gaming as the first phone to put the power of Xbox LIVE into the palm of people’s hands with a lineup of game titles from award-winning publishers. In addition to the titles already announced earlier this year, Electronic Arts Inc. (EA) today announced the first wave of EA games coming to Windows Phone 7 this fall. As part of Microsoft’s managed portfolio of Xbox LIVE titles, all EA games for Windows Phone 7 will be Xbox LIVE-enabled.

Windows Phone 7 is also the first to offer the Zune music experience on a phone: People can play their music collection, synced wirelessly from their PC, or stream or download new tunes from Windows Marketplace. An optional Zune Pass subscription is available in some countries.

The Windows Live solution helps people manage pictures, Windows Live calendar, Office OneNote Mobile and more. The free Find My Phone service new on Windows Live can remotely ring, lock, erase and show the location of your phone on a map.

The following devices will come to North America, Europe and Asia Pacific in the holiday 2010 timeframe.

In North America:
• HTC Surround, United States
• Samsung Focus, United States
• LG Quantum, United States

T-Mobile USA
• HTC HD7, United States
• Dell Venue Pro, United States

• HTC 7 Surround, Canada
• LG Optimus 7, Canada

América Móvil
• LG Optimus 7, Mexico

In Europe:
• HTC HD7, United Kingdom, Germany

• HTC 7 Mozart, including France, United Kingdom

• Samsung OMNIA 7, including France, United Kingdom

• HTC 7 Trophy, France
• Samsung OMNIA 7, France

• LG Optimus 7, Spain
• HTC HD7, Spain
• Samsung OMNIA 7, Spain

Deutsche Telekom AG
• HTC 7 Mozart, Germany
• Samsung OMNIA 7, Germany

• HTC 7 Trophy, including Germany, Spain, United Kingdom
• LG Optimus 7, including Germany, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom

In Asia Pacific:
• HTC HD 7, Singapore
• LG Optimus 7, Singapore

• HTC 7 Mozart, Australia
• LG Optimus 7Q, Australia

• HTC 7 Trophy, including Australia

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