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Visual tour: Windows Phone 7

Microsoft's Windows 7 Phones Series mobile OS blends stylish Zune interface with new features for socializing, sharing, and office productivity.

  • Microsoft My Phone: Synchronization screen Each Windows 7 Phone synchronizes with the cloud-based My Phone service via a dedicated background app.

  • Office Communicator: Main screen The Office Communicator links you to all the contacts in your work group and lets you exchange instant messages and files.

  • Microsoft Office Mobile Windows 7 Phones come with four Microsoft Office Mobile apps: Excel, Word, PowerPoint and OneNote.

  • Microsoft My Phone lets users manage all phone content on the Web With your Windows 7 Phone, you will be able to access the Microsoft My phone service, which allows you to manage all of your phone's content from the Web, such as photos, videos, calendar entries and contacts.

  • Music and Video Hub The Music and Video Hub, or the Zune part of the Windows 7 Phone Series is exactly what is says on the tin. It lets you navigate though your music, videos, podcasts, listen to FM radio (subject to phone specifications) or go to the marketplace for more content.

  • Windows Internet Explorer mobile browser The updated Internet Explorer browser on Windows 7 phones features faster Web sites rendering, adjustable scrolling and redesigned bottom navigation buttons.

  • Windows Marketplace for Mobile: Mobile operator showcase screen Wireless carriers that sell Windows 7 Phones will be able to have a customized version of the Marketplace, in which they can showcase applications they approve of.

  • Windows Phone transcribed call using Exchange Unified Messaging Exchange Unified Messaging on Windows phones can transcribe your voice mail messages and display the text on screen.

  • Windows Marketplace for Mobile homescreen T he Windows Marketplace for Mobile is Microsoft's response to Apple's thriving App Store. The marketplace showcases applications compatible with your Windows 7 Phone.

  • Microsoft My Phone makes it easy to find and secure lost phones The My Phone service also comes with a premium package, which lets your locate your phone remotely via the GPS chip and secure your Windows 7 Phone.

  • Windows Phone contacts screen Contacts have a more mundane look below the People Hub user interface.

  • Start screen The new home screen, or Start, as Microsoft calls it, contains a series of "live titles" or widgets, which can show you at a glance your missed calls, incoming texts or emails. You can also add "live titles" from friends' social network profiles, such as Facebook.

  • Games Hub Microsoft boasts that the Games Hub on Windows 7 Phone Series is the first and only official Xbox Live app on a phone. It includes Xbox LIVE games, spotlight feed and you can see people's avatars, Achievements and gamer profiles.

  • Pictures Hub The Pictures Hub pulls into one place photos you took with your Windows 7 Phone camera, photos synced from your computer and also your albums from social networking sites. The Pictures Hub also aggregates any videos you might have.

  • Windows Marketplace for Mobile categories The Windows Marketplace for Mobile can be browsed by application categories, such as business, communication, entertainment, games, lifestyle, music and video or news and weather.

  • Windows Phone Outlook e-mail inbox screen Outlook on Windows phones hasn't seen many changes to the interface either.

  • Office Hub The Office Hub is the starting point for most business-related features on a Windows 7 Phone Series. It provides shortcuts to Microsoft Office Mobile apps, Office SharePoint and Office OneNote, for your notes, schedules or to-do lists.

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