At around $350, the HTC Surround operates on the Windows Phone OS 7.
Samsung Focus: In late 2010, Samsung was among the first companies to offer a smartphone powered by Microsoft's new Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system.
At the same time, one of the more exciting developments is Windows Phone 7 Series, which is said to be a successor to the Windows Mobile 6.5 platform.
It is possible that Windows Phone 7 Series and Windows Mobile 6.5 could co-exist, at least in the short term.
Microsoft Corporation detailed a plan to revitalize its aging and unpopular Windows Mobile phone platform by introducing a new Windows Phone release date.
Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, announced the Windows Phone 7 Series at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Unlike Windows Mobile 6.5 programs, which are compatible with several generations of the platform, users cannot install their Windows Mobile programs on Windows Phone 7 Series.
This makes the pending Windows Phone release date even more exciting.
Microsoft positioned Windows Phone 7 Series as a gaming device when it introduced a mobile version of Xbox Live.
Before launching the Windows 7 Phone Series SDK to developers, Microsoft announced several hardware requirements for their Windows Phone 7.
According to Engadget, the new Windows Phone 7 Series is "an entirely different beast."
Visit the complete Windows Phone 7 Series guide on Engadget for additional details.
Specifications and requirements are subject to change as the Windows Phone release date is several months away.
Microsoft breathed new life into its smartphone division with the introduction of the mobile Windows Phone 7 operating system.
While the mobile Windows Phone 7 operating system is largely viewed as brand new, MIcrosoft is not at all new to the smartphone industry.
And that's why Windows Phone 7 was developed.
While previous editions of Windows Mobile effectively built upon and improved their respective predecessors, Windows Phone 7 represents a fresh start for MIcrosoft.
Compared to Windows Mobile 6.5, Windows Phone 7 is very different.
The interface has been completely overhauled, making mobile Windows Phone 7 much simpler, cleaner, and easier to navigate.
The new user interface for Windows Phone 7 was codenamed Metro during its development.
Just as the IPhone integrates with many of Apple's other services (like iTunes) and Android phones integrate with Google services (like Gmail), Windows Phone 7 features strong integration with other Microsoft products.
While a large number of Internet users tend to prefer Google, Microsoft is aiming to increase its search engine market share with Bing integration in Windows Phone 7.
Bing is the default search engine on Windows Phone 7.
With Windows Phone 7, the decision may not be quite so easy.
Since its introduction, Microsoft has replaced Windows Mobile 6.5 with the Windows Phone 7 operating system, which offers an entirely different user interface and platform.
The iPhone is also available through Verizon, though, as well as Windows Phone 7 and BlackBerry devices, so be sure to consider all your options before buying a DROID phone.
However, the same kind of philosophy can also apply to a number of different smartphones from other manufacturers, including BlackBerry smartphones, Windows Phone 7 devices, and Android phones too.
Looking ahead, it will be interesting to see how Nokia fares with its partnership with Microsoft and its Windows Phone platform.
So, when choosing between Android, Windows Phone 7, Apple iOS, and so forth, it may be important to take a look at what apps are already available for those platforms.
While the Zune brand persisted in the form of Zune Music on the Xbox 360 and on Windows Phone devices, the hardware was no longer being produced.
The entire Zune brand was officially discontinued in October 2012 when Microsoft transitioned the Zune branding over to Xbox and Windows Phone.
The Zune Marketplace for music is now called Xbox Music and it is available not only on the Xbox 360, but also through Windows 8 and Windows RT devices, as well as Windows Phone devices.
The Windows Phone Store contains the apps for Windows Phone devices.
In their place, Microsoft is now largely promoting its Windows Phone line of touchscreen smartphones.