October 11: All Windows Phone 7, all the time

October 11: All Windows Phone 7, all the time

Summary: Just blocks from the New York City GooglePlex and Apple's flagship West Village store, Microsoft and partners will be launching Windows Phone 7 on October 11. I'll be there with my ZDNet blogging colleagues. What do you want to know?

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Just blocks from the New York City GooglePlex and Apple's flagship West Village store, Microsoft and partners will be launching Windows Phone 7 on October 11.

"Launching," in this case, is not synonymous with shipping. The first Windows Phone 7s are expected to debut two weeks from now in Europe, and not until November 8 (on AT&T) and mid-November (on T-Mobile). But Microsoft will be showing -- and sharing more about -- the coming phones on Monday, starting with a 9:30 a.m. ET kick-off here in New York.

I'll be at the launch, as well as at the Fall Consumer Open House, also happening tomorrow. A few other members of the ZDNet blogging crew will be there, too, to bring you updates on Windows Phone 7 devices that will be coming here and abroad. If there are any Windows slates on display, we'll be bringing you more info on those, as well.

If you want to watch from home, Microsoft is webcasting the Monday morning keynote, which will feature CEO Steve Ballmer and Ralph de la Vega, President & CEO of AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets.

In the interim, here are a few past Windows Phone 7 links that may be of interest:

Microsoft: Bring on the Windows Phone 7 Developers, Developers, Developers

Microsoft Makes the Business Case for Windows Phone 7

Games to be front and center for Windows Phone 7

Windows Phone 7 will be GSM only in 2010

Angry Birds developer claims Microsoft jumped the gun

Windows Live portal for Windows Phone 7 teased again on video

Windows Phone 7 likely to benefit from low expectations

If there are any specific Windows Phone 7 or consumer-focused questions you've got, send them my way and I can try to get more answers tomorrow.... (If you don't want to leave a Talkback below, send me a confidential e-mail using the form at the bottom of my site.)

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

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  • No slate = half the market

    What is exact the reason Microsoft doesn't put WP7 on a slate? Android 2.2 is working on small slates (eg Galaxy Tab) without any slate-specific modifications. Why can't it happen now? Doesn't Microsoft trust WP7 on a slate?<br><br>Having no CDMA halved Windows Phone 7's potential market (in the US). Having no slate has halved it again. There's not much left!<br><br>PS - hopefully Microsoft doesn't regurgitate its old Tablet PC idea again, as its desktop OS is not good on a multitouch slate interface, and doesn't work on the ARM processor.
    Vbitrate
    • Win 7 phones... don't buy em

      Why, cause they are made by MS, and if you trust MS for your computer you know how bad it can be.

      Buy a Win 7 phone at your own risk.
      Uralbas
      • RE: October 11: All Windows Phone 7, all the time

        @Uralbas
        Why judge even before its out? MS has been making some really cool products over the years - Win 7, Office 2010, Xbox, Bing, Hotmail, etc etc..
        Rahul Mulchandani
      • Windows has less security vulnerabilities than linux or osx

        so we can expect WP7 to have less security vulnerabilities than android or ios.
        Johnny Vegas
      • RE: October 11: All Windows Phone 7, all the time

        @Uralbas

        I will. Thanks, Uralbas.
        GuyDye
      • RE: October 11: All Windows Phone 7, all the time

        @Johnny Vegas
        This "Linux more secure than Windows" thing is starting to be boring... really...
        anilmujagic
      • RE: October 11: All Windows Phone 7, all the time

        @Uralbas Really, so I can correlate the performance of my Windows machines running Windows 7 with how the WP7 will be? In that case perhaps I was a bit hasty when I said they won't do as well with WP7...
        athynz
      • Why should they trust your opinion, Uralbas?

        It would appear Microsoft is not the one hiding behind a fictious screen name.
        :|
        Tim Cook
    • RE: October 11: All Windows Phone 7, all the time

      @Market Analyst
      Microsoft would love to see Windows (not Windows Phone 7) on the slate. They see it as a higher revenue product, plus all the ecosystem tie-ins, existing apps, etc... But they need to figure out the UI and battery life issues first. I agree, WP7 should be a no-brainer technically and from a UI perspective. I think you will eventually see something like that on a slate, but in the meantime it will most likely be a windows desketop. But we'll see I guess.
      razzledazzle
    • Your "analyst" opinion? the slate market is as big as the smartphone market

      And MS can make windows run on arm whenever they want. The HAL is a very very small piece of the code. That's why they've been easily able to port it to MIPS, ALPHA, PPC, Itanium. There have been numerous reports of them running it on arm for a few years now. MS just knows the intel experience will be much better for consumers.
      Johnny Vegas
    • How long did it take Apple to get the iPad together? hmmm?

      @Market Analyst
      Answer: Roughly 3 1/2 years from the time the first iphone launched.

      Android's taken a bit less - about 2 years.

      WP7 hasn't launched yet. However, I'm sure there will be a WP7 slate somewhere in the future. Quit being so darn impatient.

      As for CDMA... Given CDMA's distinct lack of popularity in the world, launching it on GSM first is the smart thing to do.

      Consider that one source, CDG.org, says there are approximately 270 Million CDMA subscribers and over 1 BILLION GSM subscribers (worldwide). With over 1 billion GSM subscribers, the market for WP7 phones looks quite HUGE compared to one that's 1/4 of the size.

      Kinda puts things in a better perspective.

      @Uralbas
      As a matter of fact, it can be just as bad on Linux or OSX. It all depends on the user, and how many stupid things he/she does with his/her computer.
      Wolfie2K3
    • RE: October 11: All Windows Phone 7, all the time

      @Market Analyst
      Don't you ever consider that Microsoft is working on a CDMA version of WP7?

      Oh, you are a troll, nevermind.
      illegaloperation
      • I beleive someone mentioned that he may work for Apple

        or Google, and that the consensus is that he is paid to post here, nothing more.
        :|
        Tim Cook
    • RE: October 11: All Windows Phone 7, all the time

      @Market Analyst Windows Phone 7 = Windows Phone Kin

      No system-wide file manager
      No videocalling
      Limited third-party apps
      No Bluetooth file transfers
      No USB mass storage mode
      No memory card support
      No multitasking
      No copy paste
      Too dependent on Zune software for computer file management and syncing
      No music player equalisers
      No Flash or Silverlight support in the web browser
      No sign of free Bing maps Navigation so far
      No DivX/XviD video support
      No Fast app switching
      No 16GB phones
      Not Free and Open
      No Firefox
      Embarrassing voice program when compared to Android.

      No thanks, I'll stick with Android, an OS that actually PAWNS competition.
      Sultansulan
      • Enough reason to buy WP7

        @Sultansulan

        Enough reason buy WP7 - No Google Apps crapware
        hubivedder
      • RE: October 11: All Windows Phone 7, all the time

        @Sultansulan
        Few points:
        Third party apps : 2000+ apps at launch

        No multitasking : Limited multitasking, will only affect third party apps like pandora

        No flash : flash will be available asap , few days after launch

        No 16GB phones : Where did you pick that up? phones could have anything greater thn 8GB storage.

        Not free and not open: Who cares?

        No firefox: True, but IE mobile is pretty decent there will probably be other browsers( opera ) available
        g@...
      • RE: October 11: All Windows Phone 7, all the time

        @Sultansulan
        I'd have to say I would kill to have Voice Command on my Android. Android voice is not nearly there, yet.
        brianpeterson@...
      • RE: October 11: All Windows Phone 7, all the time

        @Sultansulan While I'm not a huge fan of WP7 I just gotta respond to this...[b]

        Windows Phone 7 = Windows Phone Kin[/b]

        Ummm, no. The KIN was marketed towards teens and those who use a smartphone for social networking more than anything else. They were also cheap units. WP7 is marketed towards old WM users who jumped ship to iOS and Android as well as WM faithful and pretty much anyone. While I have my doubts about how WP7 will sell, it won't go down like the KIN. [b]

        No system-wide file manager[/b]

        So?[b]
        No videocalling[/b]

        Again, so? There are what 3 Android devices, 1 iOS device, and a few Symbian devices that have this... what's the big deal here? This one is a bit nitpicking. [b]

        Limited third-party apps[/b]

        Which is more Apps than Android and iOS started out with... again, nitpicking. [b]

        No Bluetooth file transfers[/b]

        I'm not seeing the big attraction but then again my phone doesn't have that either and it's something that I just don't use. But that's just me. [b]

        No USB mass storage mode[/b]

        Again, SO?[b]

        No memory card support[/b]

        Perhaps not but according to this: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsphone/en-us/howto/wp7/basics/sd-cards-and-my-phone.aspx one really doesn't need it if there is a large (32-64GB) card installed. Oh wait, this would BE memory card support... FAIL. [b]

        No multitasking[/b]

        And? There is a device that sold millions of units that "lacked" true third party multitasking... [b]

        No copy paste[/b]

        This is to be released in the next update - hopefully it will be as elegant as the iOS implementation vs the unfinished way Android does it now.[b]

        Too dependent on Zune software for computer file management and syncing[/b]

        I suppose one could say the same about iOS and iTunes... but whatever works, right? [b]

        No music player equalisers[/b]

        And yet again, SO?[b]

        No Flash or Silverlight support in the web browser[/b]

        Flash blows. But if you want to see ads, by all means runs Flash and drain your battery while finding out you are 2,000,000th visitor to whatever website... [b]

        No sign of free Bing maps Navigation so far[/b]

        So far - I'm sure there will be... if not Bing then something or someone else will come along with one. [b]

        No DivX/XviD video support[/b]

        So?[b]

        No Fast app switching[/b]

        And you can prove this how? Have you used one? Didn't think so... [b]

        No 16GB phones[/b]

        Check my link provided in your failed SD card support point... it CAN be 16GB or more. Very nitpicky. Next thing is you'll say there isn't one in Pink or Mauve...[b]

        Not Free and Open[/b]

        And not chock full of carrier crapware that not even rooting the device will get rid of. FAIL.[b]

        No Firefox[/b]

        No FireFox?!?!? Really, that's one of your points? Dude, Firefox has been sucking out loud lately. And what about Chrome? [b]

        Embarrassing voice program when compared to Android.[/b]

        Ummm, yeah. I'd much rather have Voice Command than that crap you Android Army boys are stuck with...[b]


        No thanks, I'll stick with Android, an OS that actually PAWNS competition.[/b]

        The word is PWNS... if you are going to to [i]try[/i] to use gamer speak at least get it right... and the competition is hardly PWNED.
        athynz
    • RE: October 11: All Windows Phone 7, all the time

      @Market Analyst

      Because we don't want a phone OS on a tablet. That's the same as saying you only want a consumer media device - liek the iPad.

      CDMA was dropped long ago in Australia and Europe - catch up ;-)
      tonymcs@...
    • RE: October 11: All Windows Phone 7, all the time

      @Market Analyst
      CDMA will come early next year & slates are not even in the smartphone market ,so quit your yapping.
      g@...