Microsoft provided an extensive preview of its upcoming replacement for the aging Windows Mobile platform at the Mobile World Congress convention in Barcelona, Spain today--and by most accounts, they've come up with a big winner. Not only did Microsoft take the huge, painful step of breaking from the existing Windows Mobile platform completely, they managed to meld the Zune's music and video capabilities, social and business communications, location and mapping services, a brand-new phone interface, and the icing on the cake--mobile Xbox game play, something that no other phone manufacturer can even come close to at this point--into a multi-touch-capable powerhouse that fits in your pocket. You have to see it for yourself to fully comprehend the changes. Check out these links for some good videos and more information.
- Windows Phone 7: First Videos
- Microsoft's Windows Phone page
- MWC 2010: Is Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 Series a game changer?
- Microsoft Introduces Windows Phone 7 Series
- Windows Phone 7 Series
Of course, none of these new capabilities matter without extensive developer involvement, something that Microsoft is planning to deliver in spades, starting at MIX 2010, in Las Vegas. The O'Reilly Microsoft Press editorial team will be there, talking to potential authors, and getting up to speed with the new technology.