Nine new Windows Phone 7 handsets will be available this holiday season from leading mobile operators in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific. With more than 60 mobile operators in over 30 countries worldwide committed to bringing Windows Phones to market, the millions of people around the world looking for a phone that plays as hard as it works will have a variety of phones from leading device-makers to choose from.

Windows Phone 7 will be available in a variety of sleek form factors from device-makers such as Dell, HTC Corp., LG and Samsung, and from mobile operators including América Móvil, AT&T, Deutsche Telekom AG, Movistar, O2, Orange, SFR, SingTel, Telstra, TELUS, T-Mobile USA and Vodafone. All Windows Phone 7 phones will include the high-performance Snapdragon™ processor from Qualcomm. A broad selection of phones will begin shipping in holiday 2010 with more arriving in 2011, including phones from Sprint and Verizon Wireless. In addition, select models will be available at Microsoft Store locations and from Amazon.

Take a Tour of the Windows Phone 7 Global Device Portfolio with Steve Guggenheimer (6:08)

New Experiences

Windows Phone 7 marks a new era in mobile gaming as the first phone to put the power of Xbox LIVE into the palm of people’s hands with a blockbuster lineup of game titles from award-winning publishers.

Windows Phone 7 is also the first to offer the Zune music experience on a phone: People can play their music collection, synced wirelessly from their PC, or stream or download new tunes from Windows Marketplace.

The Windows Live solution helps people manage pictures, Windows Live calendar, Office OneNote Mobile and more. The free Find My Phone service new on Windows Live can remotely ring, lock, erase and show the location of your phone on a map. Complete information about Windows Phone 7 features and capabilities can be found at http://www.windowsphone.com.

Getting Started on AppHub

App Hub is now the single place where Windows Phone and Xbox LIVE Indie Games developers can register; find development tools, support and resources; and submit and manage their apps for Windows Phone and Xbox LIVE. Every Windows Phone 7 customer will get all of their apps and games from the Marketplace Hub on their phone and from the desktop Zune software.

Now with one single $99 USD annual subscription, (still free to DreamSpark students,) you can now submit apps and games through your dashboard for both the Windows Phone Marketplace and the Xbox LIVE Marketplace. Learn more about how to get started with App Hub.

If your app or game is ready, and you are already registered for Marketplace, I encourage you to request early access to the Marketplace submission process by emailing myxapnow@microsoft.com. Please include your app title, a description of 75 words or less, and an optional link to a video or blog description of it. We will accept complete requests on a first come, first served basis between today and midnight October 13 Pacific Time.

Register for Microsoft Platform Ready for Phone and receive a $99 rebate when you submit two or more applications.

Bruce D. Kyle
ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation

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