Windows Phone 7 or WP7 is the Microsoft’s latest operating system for smartphones and tablets. Microsoft has rolled out a host of smartphones and tablets on the platform. In its battle against Apple iOS and Google Android, the Redwood-based software giant has been offering too many innovative features on WP7 from its previous versions. Apple iOS and Google Android may be leading the technology world. However, being a product from Microsoft, the developer of the world’s most used computer OS Windows, WP7 will certainly have some magic features.
1. Tiles layout
Windows Phone 7 has a home-screen with tiles layout different from Android’s icons. It will help you save much time since you may not need to open every application to see your social media, news and score updates. Everything will be available on your home-screen of a WP7-powered Smartphone or tablet.
2. It is prettier
Windows Phone 7 has a prettier user interface. Thanks to Microsoft’s featured Metro UI, the devices that run on the operating system have a bold, fresh, and elegant look. People who are fed up with the look of Android and iOS may switch to a Windows Phone 7 device.
3. Lots of apps, dedicated apps store
Microsoft, in benefit of its long tradition in software development, is reportedly working on an advanced competitor to Android market. The company’s app store will provide thousands of impressive apps for various purposes. WP7 versions of its MS Office and other market hit computer software items will further enrich the platform.
4. It is locked down
Most people might be angry at a locked-down operating system after the Android revolution. However, a locked-down OS platform also has to offer some fantastic features these days. Microsoft has a tradition of keeping up very strict policy in its software products. It is even tighter than Apple, HP, and RIM. Microsoft produces smartphones and tablets in tie-up with OEMs such as HTC, LG, and Samsung. The products will strictly have the software from Microsoft.
5. Hub features
Hub feature is something distinctive with Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7. You can keep your communities and friends on your device with the hubs. You can share multiple files and documents with them quite easily.
6. Only one version
Microsoft used to have only a single version for its operating systems whether they are for mobile or computer. Like Google Android, there will not be numerous updates for the software. Microsoft’s new software edition will come with only some hardware changes. Thus after Windows Mobile, we had Windows Phone 7. Now we are about to get Windows 8 late this year or early next year.
7. It comes with hardware requirements right out of the gate
Microsoft places minimum hardware requirements for the devices to run on its Windows Phone 7. That means there will not be much confusion for users to understand their phone upgrade path. Every hardware feature of a WP7 device will be available for all users.
8. Lots of Xbox games
Windows Phone 7 devices come up with lots of Xbox games. You can play various titles of the company’s famous Xbox 360 on your smartphones and tablets. Online multiplayer gaming option is also available.
9. Zune pass compatible
All Windows Phone 7 devices are compatible with Microsoft’s Zune digital media service. You will be able to download music tracks and enjoy music at its best on your handheld devices.
10. Sync client
The platform also has better phone to PC sync facilities, Zune for Windows and Windows Phone Connector for Mac computers. You can transfer data between the devices smoothly.
11. It is different
To top it all, Windows Phone 7 makes the difference from Android OS and others chiefly because it has several unmatched features and services. The much popular MS Office package will only run on Windows Phone 7. Of course, the OS platform merges many similar features that we may not see in Android.