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.


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


Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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

      Quite predictable silly response from NonZealot.

      By the way, I've rarely read posts with such anti-Apple zealotry as yours - is the name ironic? (But then Yanks aren't supposed to 'get' irony.)
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      • RE: Microsoft: Windows Phone 7 operating system is done

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      @NonZealot, Thank you for reminding us that Apple copied the Zune when they built the iPod.
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      Yep another great day for Apple.

      First they copied the crowded desktop UI and now they have something better to reverse engineer.

      No Apple didn't copy ZUNE, Apple repackaged a generic MP3 player, MS did some research and produced Zune. Zune has led to WP7, so I expect Apple to be crowing about their brave new UI in around 8-9 months - as soon as they can clone it.

      But it is ironic to be so wrong and called Wright - Aussies do understand irony ;-)
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  • "Just announced": Joe Belfiore will deliver WP7 keynote@Windows Connections

    I received the email around noon today that Joe Belfiore will deliver the keynote at the Windows Connections conference in November:

    "Join us November 1 - 4, 2010 at Windows Connections in Las Vegas for a just-announced keynote presented by Joe Belfiore. Joe will be sharing the latest and greatest information about the next version of the Windows Phone operating system coming out this year - Windows Phone 7. Hear about the new addition to the Microsoft phone portfolio straight from the VP himself!"

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  • I started writing apps for WP7...

    And stopped when I realized that it...<br>- has no copy & paste<br>- has no multi-language input support<br>- has no multitasking<br>- has no timer/scheduler<br><br>Does anyone know if any of this stuff has been addressed? You can't even write a friggin' calendar app on this thing!

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


      The one and only, Cylon Centurion
    • RE: Microsoft: Windows Phone 7 operating system is done


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


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

        @tonymcs@...<br><br>You people CAN'T be serious.<br><br>I'm saying there's no copy & paste on the *phone!* No duh there's c&p in Visual Studio. I use it every day.<br><br>Wow. You people are incredibly slow.<br><br>@MyBlueRex<br><br>Last time I checked, there was no Asian input support. Glad if that's been changed.<br><br>Multitasking is limited to certain applications that Microsoft supports; other applications are given a very short window of time to close gracefully once they're minimized.<br><br>No, a calendar is not a scheduler. A calendar implements a scheduler. There are plenty of other uses for scheduler API that the built-in calendar surely will not address.<br><br>I'm hardly anti-MS (I chose this name because my real name is Rei, and I thought reinux is sort of catchy), but you people need to learn to accept the fact when they screw up.
  • Android is crushing any Windows mobile phone

    Windows mobile is dead.
    • That remains to be seen


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