Today at Mobile World Congress Microsoft announced “the next generation of Windows Phones”, Windows Phone 7 Series. This redesign may be enough to bring Microsoft back as a major player in the mobile game.Windows Phone 7 Series uses hubs that bring together content from the web, apps, and services into a single view. There are six hubs built into the themes that come with the phones.
- The People hub is for those who love social media and want all their feeds available to them. They can post updates to Facebook and Windows Live in one quick step.
- The Pictures hub brings together phones and makes it easy to share them with social media networks.
- The Games hub will bring the Xbox LIVE experience directly to the phone. Users will be able to see their avatar, achievements, and game profile.
- The Music + Video hub essentially turns your phone into a Zune music player. Users can use the music from their PC, online music services, or listen to the built-in FM radio. Zune Social will let them share their recommendations with other music lovers.
- The Marketplace hub allows users to find applications and games and load them right onto the phone.
- The Office hub brings Office, OneNote, and Sharepoint Wordspace into the phone so users can read, edit, and share documents. There is also Outlook Mobile for email.
Windows Phone 7 Series will be available by holiday 2010. The phones be be available on AT&T, Deutsche Telekom AG, Orange, SFR, Sprint, Telecom Italia, Telefónica, Telstra, T-Mobile USA, Verizon Wireless and Vodafone, and manufacturers Dell, Garmin-Asus, HTC Corp., HP, LG, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Toshiba and Qualcomm Inc.