Zune HD Inspired Interface but no Multitasking: Windows Phone 7

Windows Mobile 7 and what will be revealed at MWC next week. What they’re referring to as Windows Phone 7 has a Zune-like interface and Xbox integration but no multitasking.
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Microsoft would have plenty to say about Windows Mobile 7 at MWC this month, and it looks like we now have the first significant batch of rumored details ahead of the presumed launch. While nothing is close to being confirmed just yet, PPCGeeks has received what it describes as some “truly amazing information” about what’s now apparently known as Windows Phone 7, and it certainly paints an interesting picture. According to the site, Windows Phone 7 will sport an interface that’s “very similar” to the Zune HD, along with a complete revamp of the start screen, and a UI (codenamed METRO) that’s described as “very clean,” “soulful,” and “alive.”

But the OS supposedly won’t support multitasking, with applications instead simply pausing themselves when in the background (there will be support for push notifications, though). Also missing is Flash support (at least initially), as well as NETCF backwards compatibility for older applications, although there are apparently “high hopes” for porting NETCF to the new platform eventually.

The UI goes by the codename Metro and is heavily influenced by that of the Zune HD. The interface has been described as “clean,” “soulful,” and “alive,” and offers a fully reimagined Start page. Third party UIs like HTC’s Sense will no longer be supported. Windows Phone 7 will ditch Windows Mobile Device Center in favor of Zune’s syncing software, and will offer integration with social media networks, Zune devices, and Xboxes, including friends, gamer tags, achievements and the like.

MobileTechWorld’s report includes the tidbit that the browsing experience is faster than that of the iPhone 3G, and that Microsoft believes that Windows Phone 7 devices will roll out by September though they themselves won’t manufacture any of them.

Microsoft is confident that the first hardware will be ready by September of this year. Hit up the link below for the complete rundown.


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