Jul 25, 2010 (02:07 PM EDT)
Slideshow: Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 Revealed
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The home screen, or Start, on Windows Phone 7 Series can be customized with “live tiles” that show the latest updates from the Web directly to customers. For example, create a “live tile” of a friend to get up-to-date view of that person’s latest pictures and posts.
Joe Belfiore, corporate vice president of Microsoft Windows Phone Program Management, demonstrates how Windows Phone 7 Series brings Xbox LIVE games and the Zune music and video experience to the mobile phone.
The Windows Phone 7 Series Marketplace hub is Microsoft's store for applications, games, premium Xbox LIVE games, and music to personalize their phone.
The Windows Phone 7 Series People Hub displays all relevant content associated with a contact, including live feeds from social networks and photos. It also provides a single place from which users can post updates to Facebook and Windows Live in one step.
The Windows Phone 7 Series Pictures Hub brings together photos from the phone, PC and online albums into one view. It also supports sharing of pictures with Facebook and Windows Live, and lets users see online albums others are sharing.
The Windows Phone 7 Series Office Hub provides access to Microsoft Office Mobile, Microsoft Office SharePoint and Microsoft Office OneNote, as well as Office Outlook e-mail.
The Windows Phone 7 Series Games Hub takes the Xbox LIVE experience mobile.
The Windows Phone 7 Series Music + Video Hub offers music, streaming radio, podcasts, and video.
Microsoft doesn't have canned publicity images of most Windows Phone 7 screens, so we grabbed this and subsequent issues from their demo videos. This screen shows different tiles enabling access to phone, e-mail, text messaging, and mobile Xbox LIVE.
Another screen grab, showing the Internet Explorer tile.
Music access on Windows Phone 7 mirrors the experience of Microsoft's latest Zune.
The cut-off type in the "Music + Video" heading is deliberate, and is Microsoft's way of indicating that "more" is available.
A screen grab of a People Hub screen, showing pictures of one's contacts.
Another level down of the People Hub, showing a status update--heading to the gym now--from one of the contacts.
The deep levels of the People Hub spotlight the social orientation of the Windows Phone 7 functionality.
A calendar, or schedule, tile for the mythical David Alexander
A contact's landline, mobile, and text numbers from the profile screen.
Here's the status update screen for the contact showing in the previous screen grab.
One's happy collection of recent contacts is graphically visible.
The Windows Phone 7 Series Pictures Hub brings together photos from the phone, PC and online albums into one view.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer takes the stage at the New York City unveiling of Windows Phone 7 on October 11, 2010.
The HTC Surround, one of the first three Windows Phone 7 handsets introduced by Microsoft and AT&T.
The LG Quantum, one of the first three Windows Phone 7 handsets introduced by Microsoft and AT&T.
The Samsung Focus, one of the first three Windows Phone 7 handsets introduced by Microsoft and AT&T.