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Microsoft’s best OS yet?

Windows Phone 7 was launched in October 2010 to acclaim by manufacturers and users. It is considered the company’s first credible challenge to rival operating systems from Apple, Google, Research in Motion and Nokia.

Windows Phone 7 is very different from Microsoft’s previous mobile operating systems as it has a more natural flow to the user interface.

The phone’s interface is built around so-called hubs that aggregate content like contacts, pictures, documents, and music and video. The content on the phone is then synchronised both with storage services on the internet and the owner’s computers at home.

In February 2011 Nokia announced a partnership with Microsoft which will see Windows Phone 7 deployed on new Nokia Smartphones. The agreement will allow Nokia to customise the platform and will integrate a range of Microsoft and Nokia services.

How it works

The Quick Launch screen is your homepage on Windows Phone 7. Large, colourful tiles serve as shortcuts to your most-used or favourite apps or Web sites. You can also place live tiles on the screen with links to your Facebook profile or friends.

These tiles are live, which means if the content of the app or site is updated, the tile will update on your screen. So if you have a link to a friend’s Facebook profile on your Quick Launch screen, that tile will update when they change their picture.

Windows Phone 7 also includes Office Mobile which contains the mobile versions of the Office suite that we are familiar with from our PCs. Office Mobile allows you to view, edit, share and synchronise office documents on the go.