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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Adobe Reader X PDF reader for Windows Phone 7 announced

I have to admit that I was a bit worried about the lack of PDF support in Windows Phone 7 but Adobe has thankfully cleared the situation today with the announcement of Acrobat X for desktop PC and and Adobe Reader X for  Windows Phone 7 , Android and Blackberry. One thing that will be interesting to know is ; how are we supposed to load PDF files on our Windows Phone 7 devices? Only via mail attachment I guess? Will the reader be integrated in the the web browser so that when we click on a link pointing to a PDF file the application will automatically launch? Hopefully we will know soon enough. Also note that Acrobat X includes Microsoft Sharepoint integration and Word & Excell exports. Press Release after the break:

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