Microsoft showed off its upcoming mobile platform at the World Mobile Congress in Barcelona, but it's not calling the OS "Windows Mobile 7." Instead, it's breaking away from the WinMo moniker and dubbing the new product "Windows Phone 7 Series." The interface appears to be completely revamped, and it's tied in Zune and Xbox Live functionalities. Should be available by Christmas.
Windows Phone hubs will bring together related content from the Web, applications and services into a single view to simplify common tasks. There are six such hubs: People, Pictures, Games, Music + Video, Marketplace and Office.
All Windows Phone 7 Series phones will have a dedicated hardware button for Bing, and a special implementation of Bing Search will provide the most relevant Web or local results as required.
The People hub includes live feeds from social networks and photo sites; the Pictures hub lets users share pictures and videos on social networks; and the Games hub offers Xbox Live games on a phone.
Music + Video brings Zune functionality -- including content from users' PCs, online music services and a built-in FM radio -- into one location. Marketplace lets users discover and load the phone with certified mobile apps and games, and the Office hub gives users access to Microsoft Office, OneNote and SharePoint Workspace.