Windows Phone 7

Windows Phone 7 is a Microsoft operating system for smartphones.

Windows Phone 7 competes mainly with Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android in the smartphone market. IT pros can use Windows Phone 7 devices for personal or work use, because they integrate with Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, Lync and Office 365. Windows Phone 7 uses Outlook Mobile for email access and supports several major email services.

Microsoft Windows Phone 7 has a unique user interface composed of tiles. These tiles update in real time and link to Windows Phone 7 apps, features and other device functions. Windows Phone 7 also includes a virtual keyboard, thread messaging, the Internet Explorer Web browser, voice-recognition software and the Bing search engine. For searching and downloading apps, music, videos and podcasts, users can go to the Windows Phone 7 marketplace.

The Hub feature on Windows Phone 7 organizes personal and online content from social media, contacts, photos and more into groups. The People Hub, for instance, allows users to import contacts from Facebook, Twitter or other networks and view their photos from those social media services. The Games Hub provides access to free Xbox LIVE, and an entertainment Hub lets users listen to music and videos.

The Microsoft Windows Phone 7 price depends on the user’s wireless service provider, the mobile device hardware and features.

Contributor(s): Alyssa Wood
This was last updated in November 2011
Posted by: Margaret Rouse
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