BARCELONA, Spain--As, Microsoft announced Windows Phone 7 during its news conference at Mobile World Congress 2010 on Monday. The event is actually as this story posts, but we received a prebriefing of today's news and wanted to share a quick list of major points with you.
- Microsoft will have four major announcements at MWC:
- The introduction of the Windows Phone 7 series. The series refers to a set of phones that will run on the new operating system, and not various editions of the OS. From here on out, the Windows Mobile name is considered dead.
- Xbox Live and Zune will be integrated into Windows 7 phones. Zune will also go international, and the Zune PC client will be used for syncing your phone to your PC. No more ActiveSync.
- Partnership announcements. Carrier partners include AT&T, T-Mobile USA, Sprint, Verizon, Deutsch Telecom, Orange, Telecom Italia, SFR, Telefonica, Telstra, and Vodafone. OEM partners include Dell, HTC, Garmin-Asus, HP, LG, Samsung , Sony Ericsson, Toshiba. Qualcomm will provide the chips.
- Timeframe: Windows 7 phones will be in stores by the holiday season.
These are just a few highlights, and there's plenty more to come after we finish checking out the news conference, including additional screenshots and hands-on impressions. In the meantime, check outand about the new OS.