Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer officially launched Windows Phone 7 Smartphones

By on Oct 12, 2010 in Headlines, Software, Technology Comments

Updated November 8, 2010

Read Windows Phones 7 now available in US and Canada stores.

Microsoft officially launched Windows Phone 7 smartphones on Monday, as Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer took the stage on a news conference in New York City.

As the Microsoft’s CEO revealed its much-awaited final version of software, it hopes to join the highly competitive and rapidly growing mobile operating system market these days.

President and CEO of AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets Ralph de la Vega, joined the said news conference, which had a video streaming on Microsoft’s website, also announced that the new smartphones will be available at AT&T’s network next month.

As Steve Ballmer explained, Windows 7 which will also be integrated with Microsoft’s search engine Bing will be available on nine handsets from a variety of smartphones, which will be a mixture of keyboard and touchscreen devices.

The first handset, according to Microsoft, will be Samsung Focus, and will be offered in US by AT&T’s network on starting November 8.

Samsung Focus will feature an 8-Gigabyte memory and and was said to be the thinnest of the phones among the AT&T group.

The HTC Surround, which offers movie entertainment, features a 16-Gigabyte of storage, has a 3.8-inch screen with a kickstand on the back, and a pair of Dolby surround-sound speakers.

The third and last Windows Phone 7 smartphone that AT&T will support is LG Quantum, has a 3.5-inch screen, with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, and a 16-Gigabyte storage capacity.

All the three AT& T phones were reportedly value at $199 each, with a two-year contract. However, HTC Surround and LG Quantum will be available on December, Microsoft said.

Meanwhile, AT&T Windows 7 smartphones, for a monthly fee, will also include a U-verse app that will allow users to download and watch TV shows, De la Vega revealed

De la Vega also said that all Windows 7 smartphones will work on Xbox 360 video game console.

Other Windows 7 smartphones include T-Mobile’s HTC HD7 and Dell Venue Pro, which will also begin shipping this November.

These Windows 7 smartphones was also reported to be available in Europe on October 21, while Verizon and Sprint will offer them on 2011.

Although it may be a long road for them, Microsoft is likely confident that Windows 7 smartphones can go side by side with Apple iPhone, Google Android and the Blackberry from RIM.

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