CNET got an exclusive window into the home stretch of the development process for Windows Phone 7, Microsoft's latest effort to get back in the phone game.
A big task
A giant version of a Windows Phone 7 device hangs in the lobby of one of the three buildings that house the project's vast development team.
Although the first Windows Phone devices won't go on sale until the holidays, it's already crunch time in Redmond as Microsoft looks to finish the code so hardware makers can get devices to the cell phone carriers for testing.
In addition to his formal tests on Windows Phone's quality and stability, Terry Myerson said he gets an update from his kids on how new test versions are doing at running their favorite application--Goo Splat, which was one of the first games ready for Windows Phone 7.
After a reporter suggested that perhaps Microsoft should have Bozo the Clown run its phone business, Microsoft's Terry Myerson took to wearing a clown outfit.
Later it was jokingly handed to others on the team who made a major gaffe. Fortunately, Myerson said, no one has had to wear the suit lately, so it hangs on the wall of the team's conference room as a not-so-subtle reminder.
Outfits in the ship room ranged from formal button-down shirts to this "Keep Portland Beered" shirt sported by Henry Sanders, one of the top engineers at Microsoft and the development lead on the Windows Phone 7 project.