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A look at Twitter for Windows Phone 7Sean Cook of Twitter shows CNET's Ina Fried what the microblogging app will look like on Microsoft's soon-to-be-released phone operating system.
-I'm Ina Fried with CNET. I'm here in the San Francisco office's of Twitter. I'm here with Sean Cook who is the manager for mobile business development for Twitter and we're having a look at the Windows Phone 7 version of the Twitter app. So, Sean, you wanna show us what it looks like? -Sure. So, we've used their great UI elements in the new OS to basically have our typical views. We have our home timeline, our missions, our favorites. We also have messages which are very direct messages show, and we also have list. And after list, we have places, which is all of the interesting things that are happening around you at anytime. -So, it's some of the same things that you would expect to see on any Twitter client, but one of the things you'll notice is it really uses the Metro User Interface, the design elements that go into Windows Phone. -Absolutely. We have kept a lot of the same, you know, views, elements of views elsewhere. But what we've done is try to really adhere to the OS's UI, the great Metro UI elements. -Well, one of the positives here is it's one of the first that really gives you a good experience if you're not logged in. So even if you don't have a Twitter account or you choose not to be logged in, you can see some of the things that are happening on Twitter even without being someone who tweets or even someone who has an account. -Absolutely. So you can download this. You know, you don't have to go through and sign up for Twitter. You don't have to be worried about, you know, even tweeting, but you can pull it down and you could say, "Hey, I wonder what people are talking about and doing on Twitter. And, you know, one of the great things about it is you know it doesn't take an account. You can go through and you can browse some of the great content that we have. And, you know, who knows, you may find things that interest you and it may lead you to create an account but we watched the news and to actually surface the data that, you know, we have on the service. -So kind of two ends of the extreme. For people who might be new to Twitter, Windows Phone offers one of the best mobile experiences because there's really an experience. It doesn't even require an account. But heavy Twitters might notice some things that at least initially aren't there. There's gonna be some limitations, right, somethings that you can't do? -Absolutely, and so, you know, as it is a new OS and as it is, you know, a first revision of the app, some of the deep integration that we have elsewhere, be able to tweet from the browser, things like that, we'll add in future versions hopefully. And, you know, we do support multiple accounts, though, which is a typical power request and it's something that those most of who have had maybe working account or virtual account can definitely appreciate. But what we'd like to do is evolve the app overtime and you know take feedback from our users and also work closely with Microsoft to ensure that you know we can get some of the deep integrations that make great Twitter [unk] clients. -Thanks Sean. -Thank you.