Microsoft has launched the Windows Phone in India. With an all new rich and dynamic user interface of Live Tiles and Hubs, Windows Phone enables people to quickly find, connect and consume the things that they care about the most. The new OS sports a smooth transitional user interface called ‘Metro’, a visually appealing modern design language based on a set of principles which are modern, clean, alive in motion, and authentically digital.
Readers of Pluggd.in will recall that Microsoft first showcased Windows Phone 7 in India at the UnPluggd (second edition) event and though it took them a while to launch the AppHub programme in India, Nokia partnership will help MS reach out to developer communities (aside, Microsoft is Giving-Away Free Windows Phone To Students In India).
Key features of WP7 are:
- People. This hub delivers an engaging social experience by bringing together relevant content based on the person. It also provides a central place from which to post updates to Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Windows Live in one step.
- Pictures. This hub makes it easy to share pictures and video to a social network in one step. Windows Phone also brings together a user’s photos by integrating with the Web and PC, making the phone the ideal place to view a person’s entire picture and video collection
- Games. This hub delivers the Xbox LIVE experience on a phone, including Xbox LIVE games, Spotlight feed and the ability to see a gamer’s avatar, Achievements and gamer profile
- Music + Video.
- Marketplace. With over 30,000 apps and games, this hub allows the user to easily discover and load the phone with certified applications and games.
- Office. Windows Phone Office hub has mobile versions of Word, Excel, OneNote and PowerPoint for working on the go. These can synchronised back to SkyDrive, Office 365 or SharePoint sites.
Every Windows Phone device is powered by the Qualcomm’s Snapdragon mobile processor and comes with a dedicated hardware button for Bing, providing one-click access to search from anywhere on the phone.
Now that Google is launching the next version of Nexus phone, it’d be interesting to see how developers embrace the WP7 ecosystem.
Aside, HTC has launched its WP7 based HTC Radar in India this week.