Windows Phone 7 Live Event : November 10, 2010
All about the new Windows Phone 7
 
9:30 - Microsoft has pushed back the event start slightly to 9:40AM. Still getting people seated.
 
9:39 - Presentation due to start in just one minute. Still looks like a few people getting seated, though...
 
9:41 - Steve Ballmer taking the stage. He's been looking forward to this for some time.
 
 
9:41 - It's important not just what you're going to do with a phone, but how you do it. Let you get in and out and have a life.
 
9:42 - Modern in design principles, modern in the way that it embraces what people do today with Internet services. You'll see things that show how the Windows Phone 7 is different: "always delightful, wonderfully mine."
 
9:43 - Should always be great when you're looking for a place to eat, reading mail, or making a phone call, for example. [indirect jab at Apple's iPhone 4 antenna woes, here]
 
9:46 - My Start screen, my friends, my [Xbox Live] avatar. Nine phones here from Dell, HTC, LG, Samsung. Phones with keyboards. Ruggedized models.
 
 
 
9:46 - We think it's important to have consistent delight, but a range of choices that are their own.
 
9:47 - 60 operators across 30 (?) carriers.
 
9:47 - Off to AT&T's Ralph de la Vega: President and CEO for AT&T Mobility.
 
9:48 - De la Vega notes that AT&T was the first to launch Windows Mobile in the US and teamed up on U-verse TV.
 
9:50 - Reiterates AT&T's emphasis on a fast network. Launching on November 8 -- three devices (as expected).
 
9:51 - LG Quantum: 3.5-inch screen, QWERTY slider keyboard. Uses DLNA for media streaming to other devices. Costs $200 on contract.
 
9:51 - HTC Surround: a slide-out Dolby speaker system, five-megapixel camera. $200 on contract.
 
9:53 - Samsung Focus: four-inch Super AMOLED, 1GHz Snapdragon, five-megapixel camera. 9.9mm thick. $200 on contract. Only the Focus ships November 8 -- the Quantum and Surround ship weeks later.
 
9:53 - U-verse Mobile will bring streaming video to WP7 devices. "Low monthly fee."
 
9:55 - Handing over to Joe Belfiore for a live demo.
 
 
 
 
9:56 - Wanted a design that anticipated your actions as much as possible. Created six hubs to have a dedicated place for common tasks like apps, web-based services and more.
 
9:58 - Gives you a quick glance even at the lock screen of your next appointment. Live tiles -- the home screen is basically the same as before.
 
 
9:58 - Twitter, eBay, IMDB are on the home screen: looks like those are some of the first apps.
 
9:59 - Belfiore gets rid of a Steve Ballmer entry on the home screen to focus more on his personal life; puts his wife up top instead. Everything's a "button click" (tap) away.
 
10:01 - Camera app is very fast. You can pan over and directly upload to Facebook with a swipe. Took real photos during rehearsal and out in the field.
 
 
10:04 - You can flag messages in Outlook on a desktop and they'll show that way in WP7. PowerPoint on the phone is accurate and renders smoothly.
 
 
 
10:07 - Belfiore goes into full-speed typing to show auto-correction: it gets most of it right very well, but it gets "rher" instead of "there." Tapping an incorrect word lets you get various suggestions to replace it.
 
 
 
10:09 - Invitation requests for meetings will show you scheduling conflicts; you can jump to the calendar to see what's overlapping. You can flag an invitation by warning that you're tentatively accepting or that you know you'll be late.
 
 
 
10:11 - You can go to the location of the event in Bing maps. It automatically switches to satellite view when you get close to help you identify what's nearby. Using it here to realize that a dinner Ballmer wanted is too close to Madison Square Garden and that a more local place would be better.
 
10:14 - Search results show ratings, phone numbers; users even see store hours when they're relevant. You can choose to share a location through a text message, where it's automatically entered and ready to be sent.
 
 
10:15 - Tell Me service uses voice recognition to get search results; Belfiore's having problems, and on the first try gets a connection failure. Second time works. Pulls up a Bing search results page.
 
 
10:18 - Contacts have speed dialing, but even "speed wall posting" for Facebook. You can dip into new Facebook posts and other events in the "what's new" live feed. Sign into Windows Live once and photos, other details are all tied together.
 
 
10:19 - Note: Belifore is recapping a lot of known features, just in finished form.
 
10:23 - Office hub syncs things like OneNote and other details to the cloud; every WP7 user gets web access to things like OneNote for free.
 
 
 
10:30 - Belfiore notes that outside apps like iheartradio and Slacker can tap into the Zune music hub. Showing third-party apps like eBay and IMDB. They share the UI but have their own touches. U-verse Mobile gets a brief tease.
 
 
 
 
10:32 - Gaming hub: trying to make it as complete for both serious users and everyone. You can change your avatar from the phone itself.
 
 
10:35 - Elo & Milo game demo: fast 3D and looking around using the motion sensor. Available this holiday and will hit the Xbox 360 soon too. EA is developing WP7 games: The Sims 3 is coming and gets a demo.
 
 
 
10:36 - Copy and paste coming to Windows Phone 7 in early 2011: everyone who gets a device will have get the upgrade.
 
10:36 - Ballmer back on stage. Adding a little bit more context.
 
10:37 - Promo video: Qualcomm likes that WP7 is using the Snapdragon chip. Will show Microsoft can make a difference.
 
10:38 - Dell: whole new opportunity that makes everybody's life a little more productive.
 
10:38 - Peter Chou of HTC: "very competitive" platform that should contribute to HTC.
 
10:39 - LG's Skott Ahn up: a complete mobile experience. Note: Ahn was ousted recently, partly because of the company's slow decision to move from Win Mobile to Android.
 
10:39 - Samsung: WP7 is a game-changer for Microsoft.
 
10:40 - Wrapping up: hands-on time upstairs.
 
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