We've shown you the Windows Phone 7 hardware, but now it's time to look at some of the software behind Microsoft's launch of its new, bolder, braver operating system for mobile phones. (We list apps after the jump.)
Why are these apps significant? Two reasons. The first is that Microsoft has wiped the slate clean with Windows Phone 7, adding hardware and software specifications that require application developers to start from scratch. Without any backward compatibility for Windows Mobile 6.5 apps, the new WP7 Marketplace will need to fill up with apps in order to compete--and fast. A slim and saggy App Catalog is one factor that contributed to the rapid decline of Palm's WebOS phones.
The second reason we're keeping our eye on third-party apps is because Microsoft's Zune-like interface is brand new for mobile, and how each developer programs its apps within the design framework will have an effect on usability--and ultimately on how well users connect to their Windows Phone 7 smartphone.
We'll refresh the list of what we know is on its way, and we'll keep updating this article throughout the day as more news comes in. Feel free to e-mail me with additional tips, and add your thoughts to the comments below.
Twitter: Social networking
Netflix: Streaming TV and video, management tools
- eBay: Electronic shopping/bidding
- The Sims: Popular EA game
- Fandango: Movie showtimes and theater finder; purchase tickets
- IMDb: Movie database
- Slacker Radio: Streaming music
I Heart Radio: Streaming music plus social networking
- Lyrics by Musix Match: Lyrics and streaming music
Soundtrackr: Streaming music plus social networking
- Motolingo: Safe driving, monitors speeds
- iFood Assistant Plus: Recipes from Kraft
- Seymour: Virtual concierge, especially when finding food
- Wattpad E-reader: E-reader
- RetrevoQ: Consumer electronics shopping
- Pocket Devil: Hell yeah!: Game
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