In a surprise move yesterday, Microsoft officially announced Windows Phone 7 Series, and simultaneously killed Windows Mobile 6.x phone sales for the rest of 2010. I have seen screen shots, and watched hands-on videos provided by the various tech sites, and I like what I have seen so far, other than the somewhat ridiculous naming convention. The Windows Phone 7 Series isn’t set to release till the 2010 holiday season, and Microsoft plans to ,”[take] more accountability”, in terms of user experience, by having more stringent requirements that OEMs will need to meet.

Rather that blab on about information that is so readily available (go and google Windows Phone 7 Series), I’ll just provide some links to good articles here.

Gizmodo – Windows Phone 7 Series: Everything is Different Now

Engadget – Windows Phone 7 Series is official

Gizmodo – Windows Phone 7 Series: Hands-On Pics and Video

Channel9 – 22 minute Windows Phone 7 Series Hands-On demo

Gizmodo – Xbox Live in Windows Phone 7