Microsoft: Windows Phone 7 operating system is done

Microsoft: Windows Phone 7 operating system is done

Summary: Microsoft has released to manufacturing (RTM'd) the Windows Phone OS 7.0, company officials announced on September 1.

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Microsoft has released to manufacturing (RTM'd) the Windows Phone OS 7.0, company officials announced on September 1.

"While the final integration of Windows Phone 7 with our partners’ hardware, software, and networks is underway, the work of our internal engineering team is largely complete," blogged Terry Myerson, the Corporate Vice President of Windows Phone Engineering.

One new feature Microsoft has added in the past couple of months is the option to filter your contacts based on their sources -- "e.g., you don’t have to see all of your Facebook contacts if you don’t want to," as my blogging colleague Matthew Miller noted.

Microsoft is expected to hold some kind of Windows Phone 7 launch event in October. Company officials have said the first wave of Windows Phone 7s will be available to customers in Europe in October and the U.S. in November of this year.

I asked Microsoft officials for comment as to whether they've moved to the Windows Embedded Compact 7 core before RTM'ing the new phone OS. (Last we heard, Microsoft was using the Windows Embedded Compact 6.0 R3 core in the first generation of Windows Phone 7 devices. No word back yet on that. I do know that Embedded Compact 7 still has not RTM'd (it's still on schedule to RTM in the fourth quarter of 2010, officials reconfirmed today).

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Topics: Microsoft, Mobility, Operating Systems, Software, Windows

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  • Great news for Apple!

    Apple has finished copying all the work that MS did with Windows Mobile and, based on today's Apple event, has obviously run out of things to do. This is a market that desperately needs some innovation and from what I've seen of WP7, it is a market that is about to get some. This is great news for Apple because they, once again, have someone else's work that they can steal from. That is so much easier than coming up with stuff themselves. *cough* Ping *cough*
    NonZealot
    • RE: Microsoft: Windows Phone 7 operating system is done

      @NonZealot
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      • RE: Microsoft: Windows Phone 7 operating system is done

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    • Thank you for reminding us that...

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    • RE: Microsoft: Windows Phone 7 operating system is done

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      But it is ironic to be so wrong and called Wright - Aussies do understand irony ;-)
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    I received the email around noon today that Joe Belfiore will deliver the keynote at the Windows Connections conference in November:

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    Not sure who was previously scheduled to give the keynote (if anyone was scheduled?), but that would suck to get bumped. Anyhow, maybe that's the US launch event?
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  • I started writing apps for WP7...

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    I swear, if they keep alienating developers like this, they're not going to have a healthy app market.
    reinux
    • There is already a calander app

      @reinux

      ...?
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    • RE: Microsoft: Windows Phone 7 operating system is done

      @reinux

      Intellisense negates the majority of copy'n'paste
      Multi-language input support IS in there
      Multitasking IS in there
      There is no built-in timer app but 3rd party apps already exist
      Scheduler? do you mean a calendar? yep thats there as well
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    • RE: Microsoft: Windows Phone 7 operating system is done

      @reinux

      Sorry you aren't used to modern development systems. Not really surprising with inux in your name ;-)

      Please tell me of any other company on the planet that produces anything like Visual Studio and its frameworks.
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      • RE: Microsoft: Windows Phone 7 operating system is done

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    • That remains to be seen

      @Use_More_OIL_NOW

      But judging by how much went into this, expect Microsoft to heavily promote this.
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