Windows Phone 7 Review

It’s now time to take an in-depth look at Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system now that the project has finally seen the light of the day after years of tumultuous developments. This review is quite long so I’m first going to give you a quick history reminder about the development of the OS followed by description of the product’s features and my opinion of it.

Officially unveiled back in February 2010 during MWC in Barcelona, Windows Phone 7 is Microsoft last attempt to be relevant in the mobile market after the slow demise of Windows Mobile 6.X that took place during past few years. Contrary to popular belief Windows Mobile as we knew it wasn’t a bad OS, but it greatly suffered from Microsoft’s total lack of support and interest in its product and the only reason why it managed to survived this long was because OEMs like HTC poured R&D and money into developing alternative UIs to compete with Apple’s iPhone and later, Google’s Android. What many people don’t know is that Windows Phone 7’s development initially started back in 2004 when it was called Windows Mobile 7 (code named Photon) but because of a lack of motivation, foresight and some relatively stupid decisions taken by the Redmond company (like the Danger acquisition that later gave birth to the Kin devices) the development was a total mess and in Fall 2008 Microsoft finally decided to stop all ongoing Photon / Windows Mobile 7 development and re-start everything from scratch with a new team composed of the developers of the Zune media player and Windows Media Center.

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Windows Phone 7 Office Mobile 2010 performance comparison

As we have seen in a previous video, the HTC 7 Trophy is a bit slower than the other devices when loading some applications and games so I decided to check out the Office Mobile 2010 loading performance on the Trophy vs the Samsung Omnia 7 and shot a video that I embedded after the break. The result here is that the HTC 7 Trophy isn’t really that much behind the Omnia 7 (never more that 1 secs slower) and this will definitely not impact the overall user experience. Check it out below:

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Video: Windows Phone 7 Beta Emulator ROM tour

I’ve just recorded an 9 minutes long video walktrough of the latest Windows Phone 7 Beta Emulator rom (6414) that was released on Monday in the Windows Phone 7 Beta SDK to show you how things look like now that we are getting closer to RTM. The first thing you will notice is how smooth things are compared to what was available before (it is like that on the protoypes too). You will notice that the browser (IE Mobile) is now super fast at loading pages and scrolling is now silky smooth (and there’s no checkerboard effect anymore). The rom also seems to be feature complete so we shouldn’t expect to see anything really new between now and the official launch in October. Contrary to the previous emulators there’s no more access to the task-manager and other “under the hood” features that were unlocked. The whole UI is a pleasure to use (especially on a real phone ;-) ) with only a few feature still missing (copy and paste, tethering etc…). Check it out after the break (it should be in HD quality once YouTube finishes to process it):

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In-depth look at Office, Exchange and SharePoint on Windows Phone 7

One more Windows Phone 7 TechED session for the day. This time you’ll get an in-depth look at the Office 2010 integration (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) in the Windows Phone 7 and how you can deploy WP7 in SharePoint Server 2010 and Exchange Server 2010. If you had any doubts about Microsoft’s commitment to the business user here’s you answer (video after the break):

Windows Phone is an important tool for personal productivity and collaboration. Windows Phone 7 will be taking this to the next level. In this session, learn what’s new in Office Mobile, how it integrates with SharePoint Server and how to create the highest impact for users. This session also presents the new functionality that is available with Exchange Server 2010 in combination with Windows Phone and offers deployment guidance.

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Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG) on Windows Phone 7

Two days ago Microsoft made it clear that Business users and ITs will not be left out of Windows Phone 7 and that they are aiming to provide the best Office, SharePoint, and Exchange experience ever seen on a mobile platform. So without further talk I highly suggest you watch the following TechED session (video after the break):

A growing number of employees are using their smartphones for business purposes. This makes planning secure access to email, documents, and applications a mission critical job for IT. Learn how Forefront Unified Access Gateway makes accessing email and documents from Windows Phones secure. This session presents the top things you can do to improve the security of your Windows Phone deployment, including deploying ActiveSync with Microsoft Exchange Server, providing secure remote access to Microsoft SharePoint, planning and publishing line-of-business applications, to take advantage of this evolution. Take full advantage of your IT investment in Exchange Server and SharePoint. This session covers architecture, deployment best practices, application publishing and traffic filtering for better protection of information.

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Microsoft TechED: Windows Phone 7 Overview session


Lots of Windows Phone 7 info is starting to come out of Microsoft’s TechED event which is currently taking place in New Orleans. The first video below is a overview of the Windows Phone 7 development platform and Office 2010 integration with some talk about the genesis of the project.

Terry Myerson is the Corporate Vice President of Windows Phone Engineering. He shows how Windows Phone will excite business end-users and enable rich applications that run on PC, Web, and phone. He covers all aspects of Windows Phone 7, highlights the use of Windows Phone in key work scenarios, discusses IT capabilities to support these, and illustrates the rich development platform for applications run across PC, Web, and phone.

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PowerPoint 2010 and SharePoint 2010 on Windows Phone 7 showcase

 

Here’s a short clip from yesterday Office 2010 keynote in NYC showcase the PowerPoint 2010 broadcasting feature on Windows Phone 7 and also the SharePoint 2010 integration in the Office Hub. You can watch the full keynote on Microsoft’s PressPass website here and also check my video walkthrough of the Office HUB here.

Source: Microsoft

Office Mobile 2010 video walkthrough


Here’s a short video walkthrough (below) of the recently released Office Mobile 2010 productivity suite for Windows Mobile 6.5 (and 6.5.3) on my HTC HD2. Nearly all the features available in there were already available in the the Beta version that was on the Marketplace a little while ago. One of the nicest thing is the ability to snap a picture directly in One note to share with you work mates etc. The only thing missing is support for the accelerometer to switch from portrait to landscape (this can be fixed with a tweaked app like BSB Tweaks).

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Office Mobile 2010 for Windows Mobile released


Today marks official launch of Microsoft’s Office 2010 and alongside this event comes the availability of Office Mobile 2010 for Windows Mobile 6.5 for free on the Windows MarketPlace for Mobile. If you are outside of the US just chose United States in the region selector of the Marketplace app and the application will show up in the What’s New section of the store. Here’s the full press release:

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Windows Phone 7 Phone Dialer and Office Hub video walkthrough

I just captured -minutes walkthrough of the latest Windows Phone 7 Emulator rom (build 6176). You will first see the phone dialer in action with the new notification bar that fits at the top of the screen when you’re on a call and do something else (just like on the iPhone). I then take a in-depth look at the latest build of the Office Hub, also note the build version of the ROM: 6176.WM7_RC1escrow(buildlab). This one looks a lot more feature packed than what was present in the previous build and nearly fully functional (no, there’s no copy & paste…;-)).

All Windows Phone 7 MIX10 Sessions Part 2

Below are the rest of the Windows Phone 7 Series MIX10 session made that have currently been made available.

Building Windows Phone Applications with Silverlight, Part 1:

PowerPoint Presentation: Click

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All Windows Phone 7 Series MIX10 Sessions Part 1

Here are all the Windows Phone 7 Series MIX10 sessions currently available online.

Changing our Game – an Introduction to Windows Phone 7 Series:

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Windows Phone 7 Series development infromation and Q&A


Microsoft’s Charlie Kindel has just posted a little blurb on what developers can expect in Windows Phone 7 Series. As expected (and leaked here in early February) the main development tools will be XNA and Silverlight (via Explression Blend):

I mentioned in my last post that one of our principles was “to build upon the shoulders of giants; where possible integrate instead of create.” It won’t come as a surprise to many to learn that the Windows Phone 7 developer experience builds upon the following GIANTS (among others):

.NET
Silverlight
XNA platform
Microsoft’s developer tools
Web 2.0 standards

The expertise and familiarity with our tools is not lost. If you are a .NET developer today your skills and much of your code will move forward. If you are Silverlight or XNA developer today you’re gonna be really happy. New developers to the platform will find a cohesive, well designed API set with super productive tools.

He also confirmed that their will be no backward compatibility with previsou and current Windows Mobile applications. You can check out his full post here

If you are not faimilair with XNA or Silverlight I suggest you go check out the offical site here & here.

The Windows Phone 7 Series Dev Team is running a Q&A session on Twitter right no. To follow it just click here or follow the #WP7DEV tag.

Windows Phone 7 has everything to succeed

Last week’s been really busy with MWC and the Windows Phone 7 Series announcement on Monday 15th in Barcelona. A lot has been said about it since then and the general consensus is that Microsoft is doing the right thing by restarting from scratch but some people are still worried or disappointed because of what seems like an “iPhonesque” shift in strategy. I’ll try to share my thoughts with you and hopefully give you a little insight on what can be Microsoft’s next Billion dollar business.
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Windows Mobile 7 still headed for a Spring RTM ?


Stephen is on a roll today, he just found another Windows Mobile 7 nugget, this time in a chinese Office 2010 presentation (from Microsoft). As you can see the same old concept screenshots are shown to demonstrate Office Mobile 2010 on WM7. The most important part is that the document is dated December 11 2010 which means tha Redmond is/was still hoping to RTM WM7 in a couple of months. You can check out another WM7 nugget here.

Source: Microsoft (pdf) via MSFTKitchen

Office Mobile 2010 Beta available on Windows Mobile

Office Mobile 2010 Beta
Microsoft just released the Office Mobile 2010 Beta on the Windows Marketplace for Mobile a few minutes.

Description
Microsoft Office Mobile 2010 brings the powerful Microsoft Office 2010 tools you use every day at work, home, or school, to the screen of your Windows phone with rich interfaces especially designed for small devices.
By installing this application, you agree that:
* This Microsoft Office Mobile 2010 Beta will be disabled on April 5th, 2010.
* Prior versions of Microsoft Office Mobile that were installed after the phone was purchased will be uninstalled. You will need to re-install that software according to the instructions of your original purchase. If Microsoft Office Mobile came pre-installed on your phone, it will not be affected.
* The WINDOWS MARKETPLACE FOR MOBILE CUSTOMER SERVICE AGREEMENT applies to your use of this beta application.

Features:
View and edit your Microsoft® Office® documents with confidence.
Stay connected to work from anywhere with SharePoint Workspace Mobile.
Stay connected to work from anywhere with SharePoint Workspace Mobile.
Use PowerPoint Mobile as a presentation aid.
Application Requirements: Touch
Released: 11/14/2009
Version: 1.0
Size: 4634 KB

I wonder if it only works on WM6.5 device.

Office Mobile 2010 Beta1
More info here

Office Mobile 2010 coming to all Windows Mobile 6.5 devices

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Looks like Microsoft is about to announce/launch Office Mobile 2010 pretty soon. According to the Office 2010 FAQ:

How do I access Office 2010 from my phone?
You can access your Office 2010 files from your phone in the following ways
:

Office Mobile 2010.
Office Mobile 2010 can be launched from your Start menu on any phone running Windows Mobile 6.5.4 You can also open Office file attachments within your e-mail or documents stored on your Windows phone directly.

Smartphone Web browser.
Publish your documents to SharePoint Server 2010 or Windows Live services, and access and view documents from your smartphone browser.5 You can access InfoPath forms via a full-featured mobile browser powered by SharePoint Server 2010.

4 Runs exclusively on Windows Mobile 6.5

5 Many smartphones using the microbrowser standard (iPhone, RIM, Symbian, and Windows Mobile) can access documents stored on a server via their smartphone browser.

No luck for Palm Pre & Android users who won’t even have access to the Web version.

Source: Microsoft

Office Mobile 2010 in-depth session at TechEd Europe

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Microsoft is going to talk about Office Mobile 2010 during next weeks TechEd in Berlin. The session description is the following:

OFS01-IS Microsoft Office Mobile 2010 In-Depth
Presenter: Dev Balasubramanian
Thu 11/12 | 13:30-14:45 | Interactive Theatre 1 – Red

In this session we cover all of the mobility technologies and scenarios enabled as part of the Office 2010 “wave”. You’ve heard us talk about how Office 2010 spans the PC, Phone and Web — come learn what the Phone pillar is all about! Collaboration scenarios, mobile workflows, and mobile access to data, people, and corporate resources are all part of what makes Office on the phone a new experience in 2010. A refresh to the Office Mobile client apps, an all-new SharePoint Workspace Mobile app, redesigned mobile access to SharePoint site content, as well as the infrastructure needed to support it, are covered as part of this session.

Mary Jo Foley also notes that According to an October blog post by SharePoint Corporate Vice President Jeff Teper:

“We both improved the experience for mobile web browsers and are introducing a new SharePoint Workspace Mobile client so you can take Office content from SharePoint offline on a Windows Mobile device. These clients let you navigate lists and libraries, search content and people and even view and edit Office content within the Office Web App experience running on a mobile browser.”

Office Mobile 2010 was announced back in July and should be available on Windows Mobile devices before the end of the year.

UPDATE: According to a Microsoft spokeperson the Office team isn’t quite ready and the session has been canceled. Let’s see if anything is shows @ PDC..

Source: TechEd via All About Microsoft