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Microsoft reveals Windows Phone platform

updated 01:55 pm EDT, Mon June 29, 2009

Windows Phone revealed

The Windows Mobile cellular platform is being rechristened as Windows Phone, says Microsoft's French product chief for the software, Audrey Zolghadr. The name change should come with a fall OS update -- formerly known as Windows Mobile 6.5 -- and harmonize the interfaces for updated services including Marketplace, MyPhone and the various Live options, such as Messenger and Hotmail. When it launches the Marketplace should contain some 600 certified applications, a fraction of the approximate 20,000 apps in wide distribution.

In searching for apps people will be able to sort titles according to screen resolution, as well as whether or not touch commands are supported. Buyers should also have access to a 24-hour refund period, and payment linked either to a credit card or a carrier account. Games, such as Maxis' SimCity, may in some cases be available for free, depending on the phone. A deal is said to have been signed with SimCity publisher EA Games.

Phones expected to launch with Windows Phone installed include the HTC Diamond 2 and Diamond Pro 2.




by MacNN Staff

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  1. phillymjs

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    Fresh coat of paint...

    ...same outhouse underneath.

  1. mullum

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    phone?

    to call it "phone", I dont think is very forward thinking, they may eventually need to change it again as devices evolve/converge.

  1. koolkid1976

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +6

    Microsoft...

    ...always ditching names to avoid associated stigmas. I'm surprise they didn't call it Windows Phone Platform Live.

  1. JeffHarris

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Wow!

    Another Me-Too-Moment™ courtesy of Microsoft!

  1. 64stang06

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    Bing!

    You mean it's not called "Windows Bing Phone"?

  1. jpellino

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Ooh! Hexagons!

    That changes EVERYTHING!

  1. G4_Kessel

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    LOL

    Bua-HaHaHaHaHa!!!! Effin Microsoft and their retarded naming conventions!

  1. Salty

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Maybe...

    Maybe they're hoping it starts getting called wphone, in which case people might think that since iPhone is before Wphone, then the Wphone must be newer and shinier.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Re: Maybe

    But the problem is they stuck with the one letter in the alphabet that is multi-syllabic. So 'dou-ble-u-phone' does not roll off the tongue, or any other body part for that matter.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -6

    Re: LOL

    Bua-HaHaHaHaHa!!!! Effin Microsoft and their retarded naming conventions!

    Let's see. You complain when they give things boring names "Windows Phone" and complain when they come up with 'new' names, like "zune" or "bing".

    They could follow Apple's model and just start everything with a specific letter (iMac, iPod, iPhone, iLife, iWork, etc). Or give them cutesy names for the sake of being cute, like "Quartz", "Airport Extreme", or "Grand Central".

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