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Nokia Sea Ray Prototype Caught Running Windows Phone 7

This isn’t the first time that Nokia’s upcoming Windows Phone 7.5 Mango phone, code name Sea Ray, has leaked out but it’s certainly our best look at the phone yet. Keep in mind that this is a prototype so it’s possible that what you see here might never hit shelves but boy, we really hope that Microsoft and Nokia release this thing to the public because it’s looking good.

What you see in this video is essentially the Nokia N9 running Windows Phone. After the owner of this device removes the case, you can see the physical buttons on the bottom of the device and we also get a very nice look at the phone’s form factor. Looks good, right?

After he’s done showing that off, he boots up to the phone and voila, we see the Sea Ray come to life. We get some odd boot logos, a 7 and a q, and we also get a short glimpse at the phone’s camera.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like the phone has a front facing camera but I don’t think that’s going to be a deal killer for most if that becomes a reality if and when this is released.

Remember, October 26th is currently the date that many think will be the day that Nokia’s announces its first Windows Phone 7 device and this could very well be the device that they show off.

Any takers?


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Posted by on July 21, 2011 in WP7


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Windows 8 screenshots flaunt Windows Phone 7 influence

We’ve had a glimpse at the future of Windows. Screenshots from Windows 8 have been discovered by Russian Twitter user Alicans35, revealing an influence from Windows Phone 7 and a possible new version for tablets.

The screenshots show that the next version of Microsoft’s business software Office, Office 15, uses the clean interface styling developed for Windows Phone 7. Codenamed Metro, the look and feel of the Windows 8 interface is focused on clear lettering and icons to make it easy to navigate.

Alicans35 posted several pics on his Twitter feed, including super-exciting shots of Excel, PowerPoint, the Office commands tab and a video of Word in scintillating action.

A recent job advert posted by Microsoft called for a software designer to work on Outlook, specifically mentioning tablets and mobile phones as well as computers. It’s still not clear whether that means Microsoft will make different versions of Windows for each type of device, or make a version of Windows that fits all sizes of screen.

Currently, tablets run Windows 7. Windows 7 supports touching and tapping the screen so it can be used on a touchscreen tablet, but the size and layout is designed for monitors and can be fiddly on a smaller screen.

Microsoft makes a separate operating system, Windows Phone 7, with large clear icons for smaller screens. Gates’ gang could continue with just the two versions, or come up with a tablet version of Windows that would combine the roominess of the desktop with the simplicity of the phone version. If Windows 8 does draw heavily on Windows Phone 7, the desktop version may be more suited to tablets.

Apple makes a different version of its operating system for the desktop, iPad 2 tablet, and iPhone. Google makes different versions of its Android software for tablets and phones.

It’s been a while since we’ve had a proper Microsoft vs Apple scrap over operating systems, so we’re pleased to see another donnybrook brewing. Mac OS X Lion is roaring towards MacBook laptops and iMac desktop computers this year.



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RunKeeper Jogs Onto Windows Phone 7

Folks who exercise have a new reason to consider a Windows Phone 7 handset today as RunKeeper just launched on Microsoft’s mobile platform. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on March 11, 2011 in Microsoft, Windows 7 Phone, WP7


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