Microsoft names its partners for Windows Phone 7

Microsoft names its partners for Windows Phone 7
Greg Sullivan, a senior product manager at Microsoft, confirmed the blessed manufacturers, which will be getting WP7 phones out of the door by the end of the year. Dell, ASUS, LG, HTC and Samsung- we've posted their share of Windows Phone 7 rumors along the way. No surprises in that lineup, but it's always nice to receive an official confirmation from the source, so we can start sleeping well again.

The Redmond giant's representative also shared some other interesting tidbits. As can be expected, WP7 will not appear exclusively on any one carrier. The launch will be a full-on assault with different US and UK wireless service providers carrying handsets in a variety of hardware choices. Microsoft thinks this approach will allow them to quickly capture more share in those markets than Palm's webOS, Samsung's bada, Qualcomm's Brew MP and -  interestingly enough - Nokia's MeeGo and Symbian.

Sullivan also said that they are not hoping to steal customers from the big three - Android, iOS and BlackBerry OS. Microsoft will rather be carving a niche for newcomers to the smartphone market with numerous hardware choices, and applications that work on all of them. Wait, isn't that what Android is doing already? Time will tell, but the next few months are shaping to be pretty exciting for the industry.

source: Pocket-Lint



13. jpropin

Posts: 152; Member since: May 20, 2010

All they have to do is just skin it to death with Sense or Cheez-Wiz, or whatever Samsung is calling their stuff these days and people will snap it up. Maybe LG will skin their version with their new Kimchi Sense UI and maybe add a cute little E.T type figure as their mascot.

12. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

This will be quirky, freezing trash like all the rest before it. Microsoft, as a friend, I'm telling you: it's time to step away from the phone game. Make a fancy Bing app and some nice Office programs for phones. Leave the operating systems to people that can actually get the job done.

9. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

Ok, WP7 is much better and much more sphisticated than what everyone beleives. WP7 UI is called metro and the whole point basically is bringing it back to basics. Its not about fancy icons and crazy scrolling abilities: its all about getting the job done. Microsoft has sat down and built this OS from the ground up and did not copy apple (SORRY GOOGLE): while great and prosperous overall your a better iphone. While there are many missing featuers from WP7 (including the iconic copy & paste); they did this because they had their own agenda and goals to which they where looking to satisfy. Microsoft met and exceeded these goals and because of the new structured support infrastructure they will push out updates in a timely mannor. I personally read Paul Thurrotts supersite for windows for all WP7 news. Sorry phonearena; your WP7 coverage has been lackluster at

11. jpropin

Posts: 152; Member since: May 20, 2010

Getting the job done is not enough anymore. It has to look real pretty as well. Unless the manufacturers skin it to to death with their ridiculous crapola-ware it won't look good on You Tube Videos and to CNET Reviewers and will be deemed useless for mass consumers. Hope i'm wrong, but only time will tell.

8. Rompking

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 22, 2010

Where did you get this info?


Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

HTC HD3 will be a 1.5 snap dragon processor with a 4.5 Super amoled screen capeable of being a zune a phone, and X box capeable. This phone will have exchange server for mail clients.....if done right this will be a strong contender period. Don't sleep on this!

10. oddmanout

Posts: 443; Member since: May 22, 2009

the HD3 was just a rumor. and a fake one at that. dont get your hopes up. 4.5" SAMOLED isnt just unrealistic at the time for a phone non-samsung, but its unlikely and very expensive to produce... not saying there wont be a HD3 but not this year at least and not with those exact specs.

5. Mightymack

Posts: 74; Member since: Jul 16, 2010

i bet that this will be a buisness man's dream! with the windows office and stuff

6. ilia1986 unregistered

Especially if we forget that software with similar functionality is available on the Android and iPhone for free..

3. ilia1986 unregistered

"Sullivan also said that they are not hoping to steel customers from the big three - Android, iOS and BlackBerry OS" Well - at least they think realistically.

1. testman22

Posts: 339; Member since: Nov 03, 2009

so far what i've seen of windows mobile 7 does not look very promising. It is certainly an improvement on the current OS, but theres nothing there to drive away an iphone or android user from their phones

2. android_hitman unregistered

know what? u are rigth .. but lets later this year what's all the hype about .. maybe its excellent ... meanwhile ... in 4 days i will have my 1st bada phone :D ..

4. Mightymack

Posts: 74; Member since: Jul 16, 2010

for now! thats how android was when it first came out too. for example, the G1. the android on there was nothing to be excited about, and no one was. but later down the road, you have something call droid, evo, ect. to make android look better than anything else! so i just think that that's how its going to be with windows. i doubt it being "better" than android :) lol

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