Windows Phone 7 Preview

The Windows Phone 7 was announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, earlier this year. With the phone scheduled to be available by end of the year, VR-Zone has the opportunity to attend a Windows Phone 7 Preview by Microsoft at their office here at One Marina Boulevard, Singapore, this afternoon.

We met up with Matthew Hardman, Windows Client Business Group Lead (Business and Marketing), Microsoft Singapore, who introduced the various features of the Windows Phone 7. Well, even though it was an LG phone with sliding QWERTY keyboard that Hardman held up, we were told that this is just a reference phone, and not one that will be on retail from the manufacturer.

After you unlock the phone, the phone goes to the Start page whereby you can check the various tiles to access the shortcuts to friend’s updates, or applications. Yes, you can customize the position of the rectangular tiles, though the navigation is vertically-inclined.

And when you swipe your finger across the screen (right to left), you will see the list of application available, from alarms, games, to maps and Internet Explorer web browser.

Opening the Maps application, you can view the map in aerial or street view and check your location. You can also plan your route by keying in the origin and destination, and the phone will list down the turn-by-turn instructions for your convenience.