Windows Phone 7 News

The Windows Phone 7 Launch Has Started

This afternoon the very first Windows Phone 7 handsets went on sale in New Zealand with more countries in Europe and Asia Pacific like Australia, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain and the UK joining the mix tomorrow, and dropping here in the U.S. starting on November 8th. This is a very exciting time for us here at Windows Phone HQ and around  the world as we finally put the phones into your hands, and we are really looking forward to hearing what...

10-21-2010, 1:25 by Windows Team Blog

Imagine Cup Teams Recognized at White House Science Fair

President of the United States, Barack Obama hosted the first White House Science Fair today. Wilson To and Christian Hood, participants in the Imagine Cup 2010 Worldwide Finals, attended the event and were recognized for their creative ideas. Over 60 students from across the nation were invited to demo their projects in an exclusive showcase at the White House. President Obama kicked off the celebration by discussing the importance of science and technology education. “If you win the NCAA...

10-19-2010, 5:38 by Windows Team Blog

Windows Phone Radio Episode 4

The latest episode of Windows Phone Radio is live for you to download from the Zune Marketplace or for direct download here. This week we have special guest Andru Edwards, CEO of He swings by the Windows Phone Radio mobile studio to pose some questions from his readers and followers. Download the podcast now for some leisurely weekend gadget listening. Enjoy! Brian @brianseitz

10-17-2010, 17:16 by Windows Team Blog

Apps Coming Your Way Everyday

Have you noticed the cool addition to the right hand sidebar? Starting a couple of days ago we started highlighting an app everyday until closer to retail availability of Windows Phone. Our apps team is working to give you a taste of the cool things coming. Check it out!

10-14-2010, 18:45 by Windows Team Blog

Windows Phone Radio Episode 3

Scrappy Windows Phone Radio episode 3 is now live [also in the Zune Marketplace] – providing a break down of the event last Monday. Windows Phone team partner Liz takes on mic 2 this go around as Matt is chained to his desk writing specs. If you have not had a chance to watch the press conference and demo from Monday, head over here to check it out and get all up to speed. Also, hit here to get some images of the great lineup of phones that were unveiled from Dell, HTC, LG and Samsung. ...

10-14-2010, 1:18 by Windows Team Blog

Windows Phone 7 Global Portfolio Unveiled in New York

Just a short while ago Steve Ballmer took the stage here in New York City to take the wraps of the Windows Phone 7 global portfolio, revealing nine new handsets from leading mobile operators in Europe, North America, Asia Pacific and Australia. He talked about how Windows Phone was designed to help bring together the stuff you care about most to help you get things done faster, whether that is going through work email, updating your Facebook status, taking pictures of your night out or...

10-11-2010, 16:06 by Windows Team Blog

Windows Phone Radio Episode Number 2

It’s Friday. It’s Windows Phone Radio time! You can find the podcast RRS feed link in the right hand sidebar of this blog or click here for a direct download. Of course it is also available in the Zune Marketplace and coming soon to iTunes as well. In the latest episode we talked briefly about our big event going down on Monday, October 11th in New York City. Make sure to head over to the Windows Phone News Center and bookmark that page so you can tune into the live webcast Monday...

10-08-2010, 21:24 by Windows Team Blog

A Night with Music apps and Windows Phone 7

Tonight, while down in San Francisco, we had a chance to share some of the third party music applications that will be making their way to Windows Phone 7. We had a great time showing off the apps to some of our favorite people here in the Bay, but I wanted to share some of my highlights of the three music apps we debuted: iheartradio, Lyrics by MusiXMatch and Slacker. First up - iheartradio. I really do heart radio, especially when I can tune into my favorite out-of-town radio stations...

10-06-2010, 5:07 by Windows Team Blog

Windows Phone Press Event on October 11th

Today I'm happy to share that invites have been distributed for a press conference with Steve Ballmer and Ralph de la Vega of AT&T that will happen October 11th in New York City.  It will be an exciting day, and while we won’t yet have phones available for all to buy, that time is nearing!  The day will include remarks from Steve Ballmer and Ralph de la Vega, a demonstration of the new Windows Phone 7 capabilities and a preview of several apps, as well as hands...

10-04-2010, 19:26 by Windows Team Blog

Announcing Windows Phone Radio

Today I am excited to announce the release of the first episode of Windows Phone Radio. Each week Matt Akers (@skipdeez) and myself (@brianseitz) will record and release a new podcast episode featuring behind the scenes information and conversation with key personalities inside Microsoft and our partner friends. Tune in each week and let us know what you want to hear about next! We can be found via direct link above or in the Zune Marketplace – just search for Windows Phone Radio! Brian

10-02-2010, 0:20 by Windows Team Blog

A Campus Parade to Celebrate the RTM of Windows Phone!

I just got back from an awesome celebration on Microsoft campus to mark the RTM of Windows Phone 7! We had a ton of fun and I wanted to share a couple of my favorite photos from the day to share some of the flavor of the fun! Our engineering and development teams have been working so hard over the last 18 months and it was great to be a part of the celebration of this milestone, this time with a rockin’ parade. There is more work to do, but we are well on our way to bringing Windows Phone 7...

09-11-2010, 0:39 by Windows Team Blog

Windows Phone 7 – Released To Manufacturing

Today is the day that the Windows Phone team has been driving towards, and we’re very excited to say that we’ve reached the biggest milestone for our internal team – the release to manufacturing (RTM) of Windows Phone 7!  While the final integration of Windows Phone 7 with our partners’ hardware, software, and networks is underway, the work of our internal engineering team is largely complete.  Windows Phone 7 is the most thoroughly tested mobile platform Microsoft has...

09-01-2010, 22:12 by Windows Team Blog

The First Wave of Games Announced for Windows Phone 7

Late tonight here in Redmond, but very early over in Germany we took the wraps off our first wave of game titles making their way this holiday to Windows Phone 7.  I know there has been lots of anticipation about XBOX Live on Windows Phone 7 so I hope this first drop of news is welcome!  First, head over here to get all the latest on the announcement including titles like Crackdown 2: Project Sunburst. This is a tower defense game that uses real locations as the gaming world thanks...

08-17-2010, 6:52 by Windows Team Blog

Windows Phone Heads to BlogHer!

This weekend, the Windows Phone 7 team will hit the big apple for the 6th annual BlogHer Conference at the Hilton New York. This year is the largest ever, with more than 2,400 female bloggers from around the world in attendance. The conference is the brainchild of the BlogHer Network, the largest community of women who blog, and we couldn’t be more excited! We are, as they say, conference newbees, as this is our first year attending BlogHer. We will be at BlogHer showing off what Windows...

08-05-2010, 20:34 by Windows Team Blog

Windows Phone 7 at GDGT Seattle

For all you in the Seattle area, Windows Phone will join the Windows team and Zune tonight at GDGT Seattle at the Showbox SoDo from 7-10pm. We have participated in several of the GDGT events but it is safe to say we are most excited about this one since we are on the shores of Elliott Bay in our home town of Seattle. Swing by and say hello, get your eyes on Windows Phone 7 and tell us what you think! Also for the developers out there, check out Brandon Watson’s post this morning. Bring...

07-27-2010, 19:34 by Windows Team Blog