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Windows Phone
Windows Phone
7 is the first release of the Windows Phone
Windows Phone
mobile client operating system, released worldwide on October 21, 2010, and in the United States
United States
on November 8, 2010. It received multiple large updates, the last being Windows Phone
Windows Phone
7.8, which was released in January 2013 and added a few features backported from Windows Phone
Windows Phone
8, such as a more customizable start screen. Microsoft
Microsoft
ended support for Windows Phone
Windows Phone
7 on October 14, 2014.[1] It was succeeded by Windows Phone
Windows Phone
8, which was released on October 29, 2012.

Contents

1 History 2 Features

2.1 Core 2.2 User interface 2.3 Text input 2.4 Messaging 2.5 Web browser 2.6 Contacts 2.7 Email 2.8 Multimedia

2.8.1 Media support

2.9 Games 2.10 Search 2.11 Office suite 2.12 Multitasking 2.13 Sync

3 Removed features

3.1 Calling 3.2 Sync 3.3 Other 3.4 Features subsequently implemented in Windows Phone
Windows Phone
7.5 3.5 Features subsequently implemented in Windows Phone
Windows Phone
8.0 3.6 Features subsequently implemented in Windows Phone
Windows Phone
8.1

4 Hardware 5 Version history 6 Reception

6.1 Awards

7 See also 8 Notes 9 References 10 External links

History[edit] Microsoft
Microsoft
officially unveiled the new operating system, Windows
Windows
Phone 7 Series, at the Mobile World Congress
Mobile World Congress
in Barcelona on February 15, 2010,[2] and revealed additional details at MIX 2010 on March 15, 2010. The final SDK was made available on September 16, 2010.[3] HP later decided not to build devices for Windows
Windows
Phone, citing that it wanted to focus on devices for its newly purchased webOS.[4] As its original name was criticized for being too complex and "wordy", the name of the operating system was officially shortened to just Windows Phone 7 on April 2, 2010.[5] On October 11, 2010, Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer
Steve Ballmer
announced the 10 launch devices for Windows Phone
Windows Phone
7, made by HTC, Dell, Samsung, and LG, with sales beginning on October 21, 2010 in Europe
Europe
and Australia and November 8, 2010 in the United States. The devices were made available on 60 carriers in 30 countries, with additional devices to be launched in 2011.[6] Upon the release of Windows Phone
Windows Phone
7's "Mango" revision, additional manufacturers became partners, including Acer, Fujitsu, and ZTE.[7] Windows Phone
Windows Phone
initially supported twenty-five languages, with applications being available through Windows Phone
Windows Phone
Store in 35 countries and regions. Support for additional languages and regions were subsequently brought through both the Mango and Tango updates to the OS respectively.[8][9] Features[edit] Core[edit] Windows Phone
Windows Phone
7 is the only version of Windows Phone
Windows Phone
that features a kernel based on the Windows Embedded Compact 7
Windows Embedded Compact 7
version of Windows Embedded CE, which was also used in Windows Mobile
Windows Mobile
and Pocket PC systems. User interface[edit] Windows Phone
Windows Phone
7 features a user interface based on a design system codenamed and commonly referred to as Metro.[10] The home screen, called "Start screen", is made up of "Live Tiles". Tiles are links to applications, features, functions and individual items (such as contacts, web pages, applications or media items). Users can add, rearrange, or remove tiles.[11] Tiles are dynamic and update in real time – for example, the tile for an email account would display the number of unread messages or a tile could display a live update of the weather.[12] Several key features of Windows Phone
Windows Phone
7 are organized into "hubs", which combine local and online content via Windows
Windows
Phone's integration with popular social networks such as Facebook, Windows
Windows
Live, and Twitter.[12] For example, the Pictures hub shows photos captured with the device's camera and the user's Facebook
Facebook
photo albums, and the People hub shows contacts aggregated from multiple sources including Windows
Windows
Live, Facebook, and Gmail. From the Hub, users can directly comment and 'like' on social network updates. The other built-in hubs are Xbox Music
Xbox Music
and Video, Xbox Live
Xbox Live
Games, Windows Phone
Windows Phone
Store, and Microsoft
Microsoft
Office.[12] Due to Facebook
Facebook
Connect service changes, Facebook
Facebook
support is disabled in all bundled apps effective June 8, 2015.[13] Windows Phone
Windows Phone
uses multi-touch technology.[12] The default Windows Phone user interface has a dark theme that prolongs battery life on OLED
OLED
screens as fully black pixels don't emit light.[14] The user may choose a light theme instead, and can also choose from several accent colors.[15] User interface
User interface
elements such as tiles are shown in the user's chosen accent color. Third-party applications can be automatically themed with these colors.[16] Text input[edit] Users input text by using an on-screen virtual keyboard, which has a dedicated key for inserting emoticons,[17] and features spell checking[17] and word prediction.[18] App developers (both inhouse and ISV) may specify different versions of the virtual keyboard in order to limit users to certain character sets, such as numeric characters alone. Users may change a word after it has been typed by tapping the word,[19] which will invoke a list of similar words. Pressing and holding certain keys will reveal similar characters. The keys are somewhat larger and spaced farther apart when in landscape mode. Phones may also be made with a hardware keyboard for text input.[20] Messaging[edit] Windows Phone
Windows Phone
7's messaging system is organized into "threads". This allows a conversation with a person to be held through multiple platforms (such as Windows Live
Windows Live
Messenger, Facebook
Facebook
messaging, or SMS within a single thread, dynamically switching between services depending on availability. Web browser[edit]

Internet Explorer Mobile
Internet Explorer Mobile
on Windows
Windows
Phone

See also: Internet Explorer Mobile Windows Phone
Windows Phone
7.5 features a version of Internet Explorer Mobile
Internet Explorer Mobile
with a rendering engine that is based on Internet Explorer 9.[21] The built-in web browser allows the user to maintain a list of favorite web pages and tiles linking to web pages on the Start screen. The browser supports up to 6 tabs, which can all load in parallel.[22] Other features include multi-touch gestures, a streamlined UI, smooth zoom in/out animations, the ability to save pictures that are on web pages, share web pages via email, and support for inline search which allows the user to search for a word or phrase in a web page by typing it.[23] Microsoft
Microsoft
has announced plans to regularly update the Windows Phone web browser and its layout engine independently from the Windows Phone Update system.[24] Contacts[edit] Main article: People ( Microsoft
Microsoft
service) Contacts are organized via the "People hub", and can be manually entered into contacts or imported from Facebook, Windows
Windows
Live Contacts, Twitter, LinkedIn
LinkedIn
and Gmail. Contacts may be manually imported from Outlook using Windows Live
Windows Live
Contacts or Gmail. A "What's New" section show news feed and a "Pictures" section show pictures from those social networks made by the contacts. A "Me" section show the phone user's own social networks status and wall, allow the user to update his status, and check into Bing and Facebook
Facebook
Places. Contacts can be added to the home screen by pinning them to the start. The contact's "Live Tile" displays his social network status and profile picture on the homescreen and the contact's hub displays his Facebook
Facebook
wall as well as all of the rest of his contact information and information from his other social networks. If a contact has information stored on multiple networks, users can link the two separate contact accounts, allowing the information to be viewed and accessed from a single card.[25] As of Windows Phone
Windows Phone
7.5, contacts can also be sorted into "Groups". Here, information from each of the contacts is combined into a single page which can be accessed directly from the Hub or pinned to the Start screen. Email[edit] Windows Phone
Windows Phone
supports Outlook.com, Exchange, Yahoo! Mail, and Gmail natively and supports many other services via the POP and IMAP protocols. For the native account types, contacts and calendars may be synced as well. Users can also search through their email by searching in the subject, body, senders, and receivers. Emails are shown in threading view and multiple email inboxes can be combined or kept separate. Multimedia[edit]

The Music + Video Hub on Windows
Windows
Phone.

The "Music + Videos hub" allows the user to access music, videos, and podcasts stored on the device, and links directly to the "Xbox Music Store" to buy music, or rent with the Xbox Music
Xbox Music
Pass subscription service. When browsing the music by a particular artist, users are able to view artist biographies and photos, provided by the Xbox Music.[17] This hub integrates with many other apps that provide video and music services, including, but not limited to, iHeartRadio, YouTube, and Vevo. This hub also includes Smart DJ which compiles a playlist of songs stored on the phone similar to the song or artist selected. Purchased movies and other videos can be played through Xbox Video. The "Pictures hub" displays the user's Facebook
Facebook
and SkyDrive
SkyDrive
photo albums, as well as photos taken with the phone's built-in camera. Users can also upload photos to social networks, comment on others photos, and tag photos on social networks.[17] Multi-touch
Multi-touch
gestures permit zooming in and out of photos. Media support[edit] Windows Phone
Windows Phone
7 supports WAV, MP3, WMA, AMR, AAC/MP4/M4A/M4B and 3GP/3G2 standards. The video file formats supported include WMV, AVI, MP4/M4V, 3GP/3G2 and MOV (QuickTime) standards. These supported audio and video formats would be dependent on the codecs contained inside them. It has also been previously reported that the DivX
DivX
and Xvid codecs within AVI are also playable on the system.[26][27] Unlike the previous Windows Mobile
Windows Mobile
operating system, there are currently no third-party applications for handling other video formats. The image file formats that are supported include JPG/JPEG, PNG, GIF, TIF and Bitmap (BMP).[28][29] After the "Mango" update, Windows Phone
Windows Phone
7 added the ability for users to have custom ringtones. Ringtone audio files must be under 1MB and less than 40 seconds long. Custom ringtones still cannot be used for text messages, IMs or emails. Games[edit] Main article: List of Xbox Live
Xbox Live
games on Windows
Windows
Phone See also: Xbox Live The "Games hub" provides access to games on a phone along with Xbox Live functionality, including the ability for a user to interact with their avatar, view and edit their profile, see their achievements and view leaderboards, and send messages to friends on Xbox Live. The Games hub also features an area for managing invitations and turn notifications in turn-based multiplayer games.[30] Search[edit]

The Bing application on Windows
Windows
Phone

See also: Bing (search engine), Bing Mobile, and Bing Maps Microsoft's hardware requirements stipulate that every device running Windows Phone
Windows Phone
7 must have a dedicated Search button on the front of the device that performs different actions.[12] Pressing the search button while an application is open allows users to search within applications that take advantage of this feature; for example, pressing Search in the People hub lets users search their contact list for specific people.[31] This has been changed in Windows Phone
Windows Phone
7.5 however – as the search button is reserved for Bing – so applications that previously used this feature (such as the Marketplace) now include soft search buttons. In other cases, pressing the Search button will allow the user to perform a search of web sites, news, and map locations using the Bing application.[32] Windows Phone
Windows Phone
also has a voice recognition function, powered by TellMe, which allows the user to perform a Bing search, call contacts or launch applications simply by speaking. This can be activated by pressing and holding the phone's Start button. Bing is the default search engine on Windows Phone
Windows Phone
handsets due to its deep integration of functions into the OS (which also include the utilization of its map service for location-based searches and queries). However, Microsoft
Microsoft
has stated that other search engine applications can be used.[32][33] Aside from location-based searches, Bing Maps
Bing Maps
on Windows Phone
Windows Phone
7 also provide turn-by-turn navigation service to Windows Phone
Windows Phone
users, and Local Scout shows interest points such as attractions and restaurants in the nearby area. Bing Audio
Bing Audio
also allows the user to match a song with its name, while Bing Vision
Bing Vision
allows the user to read barcodes, QR codes, and tags. Office suite[edit]

Microsoft Office Mobile
Microsoft Office Mobile
on Windows
Windows
Phone

See also: Microsoft Office
Microsoft Office
Mobile The "Office hub" organizes all Microsoft Office
Microsoft Office
apps and documents. Microsoft Office Mobile
Microsoft Office Mobile
provides interoperability between Windows Phone and the desktop version of Microsoft
Microsoft
Office. Word Mobile, Excel Mobile, PowerPoint Mobile, OneNote
OneNote
Mobile, and SharePoint Workspace Mobile allow most Microsoft Office
Microsoft Office
file formats to be viewed and edited directly on a Windows Phone
Windows Phone
device. Microsoft Office
Microsoft Office
can also open files from SkyDrive
SkyDrive
and Office 365, as well as files stored locally on the phone. Office files on Windows Phone 7 are sorted by tiles: Word documents (blue tile), Excel spreadsheets (green tile), PowerPoint presentations (red tile), and OneNote
OneNote
documents (purple tile). Multitasking[edit] Windows Phone
Windows Phone
7 features a card-based task switcher which can be accessed by pressing and holding the back button. The screenshots of last five open apps are shown as cards. Apps can be kept running even when out of view through "Live Agents".[34] Sync[edit] Main article: Zune
Zune
software Zune software
Zune software
is used to manage and sync content on Windows Phone
Windows Phone
7 devices with PCs. Windows Phone
Windows Phone
7 can wirelessly sync with the software. In addition to accessing Windows Phone
Windows Phone
devices, Zune software can also access the Zune Marketplace
Zune Marketplace
to purchase music, videos, and apps for Windows Phone
Windows Phone
and Zune
Zune
products. While music and videos are both stored locally on the PC and on the phone, apps are only stored on the phone even if purchased from the Zune
Zune
software. Zune software
Zune software
is also used to deliver software updates to all Windows Phone 7 devices. The Zune software
Zune software
is unavailable for Mac OS X, but Microsoft
Microsoft
has released Windows Phone
Windows Phone
Connector, which allows Windows Phone
Windows Phone
devices to sync with iTunes and iPhoto.[35][36][37] This has since been succeeded by the Windows Phone
Windows Phone
App, which is designed for Windows Phone 8 but can sync with Windows Phone
Windows Phone
7 devices as well. Removed features[edit] While Windows Phone
Windows Phone
contains many new features, a number of capabilities and certain programs that were a part of previous versions up to Windows Mobile 6.5
Windows Mobile 6.5
were removed or changed.[38][39] The following is a list of features which were present in Windows Mobile 6.5 but were removed in Windows Phone
Windows Phone
7.0. Calling[edit]

The list of past phone calls is now a single list, and cannot be separated into inbound, outbound or missed calls[40]

Sync[edit]

Windows Phone
Windows Phone
does not support USB
USB
sync with Microsoft
Microsoft
Outlook's Calendar, Contacts, Tasks and Notes as opposed to older versions of Windows Mobile
Windows Mobile
with Desktop ActiveSync.[41][42] Syncing Contacts and Appointments is done via cloud-based services ( Windows
Windows
Live, Google, or Exchange Server), and no method to sync this information directly with a PC is provided.[43] Third party software, such as Akruto Sync, provides some of this functionality.[44][45] A petition to Microsoft was filed to reinstate USB
USB
sync for Outlook.[46]

Other[edit]

Adobe Flash[47]

Features subsequently implemented in Windows Phone
Windows Phone
7.5[edit]

Internet sockets[48] Cut, copy, and paste[49] Partial multitasking for 3rd party apps[50] Connecting to Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi
(wireless) access points with hidden SSID, but without WPA[51][52][53] Tethering
Tethering
to a computer[54][56][57] Custom ringtones[58] Universal email inbox[59] USSD
USSD
messages[60] VoIP
VoIP
calling through a separate app[48][61]

Features subsequently implemented in Windows Phone
Windows Phone
8.0[edit]

Removable SD cards[62][65] USB
USB
mass-storage[66] Bluetooth
Bluetooth
file transfers[67] Connecting to Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi
(wireless) access points with both a hidden SSID and WPA protection[52] Sideloading for corporate apps[62] VoIP
VoIP
and IP Videocalling integrated in the Phone app[67][68] Support for Office documents with security permissions[note 1] On-device encryption[70] Strong passwords[40] Full Exchange support[note 2] Native applications Full background multitasking[72]

Features subsequently implemented in Windows Phone
Windows Phone
8.1[edit]

IPsec security (VPN) System-wide file manager The 'Weekly' view in the Calendar app Universal search UMTS/LTE Videocalling[73]

Hardware[edit] Main article: List of Windows Phone
Windows Phone
devices To provide a more consistent experience between devices, Windows
Windows
Phone 7 devices are required to meet a certain set of hardware requirements, which Andy Lees, Microsoft's senior vice president of mobile communications business, described as being "tough, but fair."[74] All Windows Phone
Windows Phone
7 devices, at minimum, must include the following:[75][76]

Minimum Windows Phone
Windows Phone
7 device requirements

Capacitive, 4-point multi-touch screen with WVGA (480×800) resolution

ARM v7 "Cortex/Scorpion" – Snapdragon QSD8X50, MSM7X30, and MSM8X55

DirectX9
DirectX9
rendering-capable GPU

256 MB of RAM
RAM
(as of Tango) with at least 4 GB of flash memory

Accelerometer, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor and assisted GPS

FM radio tuner

Six (6) dedicated hardware buttons – back, Start, search, 2-stage camera, power/sleep and volume buttons

Optional hardware: Front-facing camera, compass and gyroscope

Previously, Windows Phone
Windows Phone
7 devices were required to have 512 MB of RAM. As of the "Tango" update, the requirements were revised to allow for chipsets with slower processors, and for devices to have a minimum of 256 MB of RAM. Certain features of the operating system, and the ability to install certain resource-intensive apps are disabled on Windows Phone
Windows Phone
devices with under 512 MB of RAM.[77] Version history[edit] Main article: Windows Phone
Windows Phone
version history §  Windows Phone
Windows Phone
7 Reception[edit] What Engadget
Engadget
and Gizmodo
Gizmodo
felt were notable omissions in a modern smartphone OS[citation needed] have largely been addressed in the Mango update.[citation needed] ZDNet praised the OS's virtual keyboard and noted the excellent touch precision as well as powerful auto-correct and revision software.[17][78] The touch responsiveness of the OS has also been universally praised by all three sites with reviewers noting the smoothness of scrolling and gestures like pinch to zoom in web browsing.[79] PCWorld ran an article called "Windows Phone 7: Microsoft's Disaster" citing what they call a "lack of security, shockingly bad Office apps, an interface not backed up under the hood and abandonment of the full Microsoft
Microsoft
customer base."[80] The reception to the "Metro" UI (also called Modern-Style UI) and overall interface of the OS has also been highly praised for its style, with ZDNet noting its originality and fresh clean look.[79] Engadget
Engadget
and ZDNet applauded the integration of Facebook
Facebook
into the People Hub as well as other built-in capabilities, such as Windows Live, etc. Awards[edit] Windows Phone
Windows Phone
7 was presented with a total of three awards at the 2011 International Design Excellence Awards, voted by an independent jury[81] at an event co-sponsored by Microsoft, among others;[82] Gold in Interactive Product Experience, Silver in Research and Bronze in the Design Strategy. "The Windows Phone
Windows Phone
7 was built around the idea that the end user is king. The design team began by defining and understanding the people who would use this phone. It was convinced that there could be a better user experience for a phone, one that revolves more around who the users are rather than what they do. The Windows Phone
Windows Phone
7 lets users quickly get in, get out and back to their lives."[83] At the awards ceremony, Windows Phone
Windows Phone
7 was given "the noteworthy People's Choice Award, an award handed to the favorite IDEA 2011 gold award winner."[84] See also[edit]

Windows Phone
Windows Phone
8.0 Windows Phone
Windows Phone
8.1 Windows 10
Windows 10
Mobile List of digital distribution platforms for mobile devices List of features removed in Windows
Windows
Vista List of features removed in Windows
Windows
7 List of features removed in Windows
Windows
8

Notes[edit]

^ Windows Phone
Windows Phone
7 does not support Office documents with security permissions[69] ^ While the older Windows Mobile
Windows Mobile
phones supported the full range of Microsoft Exchange Server policies, Windows Phone
Windows Phone
7 only supports a small subset of Exchange features.[71]

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