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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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