There is a lot of buzz about the new Windows Phone 7 launched today. It is officially available Nov. 8th at some U.S. stores and sooner in Europe. You can see some of the UI experience at our site here.
I took some screen shots off of the Windows Phone 7 RTM emulator (grab it here) so you can get a taste of the UI from a Unified Communications perspective. Thus far, using the emulator with my touch screen laptop, I get a pretty good sense of how smooth and clean the phone UI is. I really like the Live tiles and surface. One of the things my iPhone and Droid friends tell me, who are coming from a productivity phone like Windows Mobile, etc ,is their phones really don’t quite have the rich email/calendaring experience they were used to. I took some shots of what I could here and combined them with some product team shots:
I like the new main Live Tile experience. The new Mobile IE is very nice and very fast.
Nice pinch zoom feature and a nice SMS threaded option.
New Outlook Mobile with scrollable surface look and feel. All of our personal and work emails can be combined into a single inbox. You can also select and create a custom group view of emails
Photos included with all received mails following the Outlook 2010 model. Reply and open office attachments with Office Mobile 2010.
Work and personal calendars (e.g. Windows Live and Exchange) in a single view with different color schemes.
View attendees list and check free/busy of attendees, see meeting organizer, see who has accepted – Based on friends feedback, these are some of the types of productivity options that are missing on iPhone and Droid.
Okay, this shows the calendar and email, but how about Office communicator? Any chance there is a communicator client in the Windows 7 Phone future?
It is in the works.
See my post here: blogs.technet.com/.../what-are-the-top-lync-server-2010-features-i-need-to-know-about.aspx