The big day has finally arrived. We're of course talking about the anticipated launch of Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 platform, which was joined by partners revealing no less than nine new devices on tap for this holiday shopping season.
"We have a beautiful lineup in this first wave of Windows Phone 7 handsets," said Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft. "Microsoft and its partners are delivering a different kind of mobile phone and experience -- one that makes everyday tasks faster by getting more done in fewer steps and providing timely information in a 'glance and go' format."
Now the pressure is on Microsoft to carve out a sizable slice of the smartphone pie that Apple and Google have been feasting on. Should Windows Phone 7 go down as another Kin-like flop (and it shouldn't), it won't be from lack of third-party support. Consumers will have a variety of devices and form factors to choose from with Dell, LG, Samsung, and HTC all getting in the game.
Out of the gate in North America, Windows Phone 7 will be available through AT&T (HTC Surround, Samsung Focus, and LG Quantum) and T-Mobile (HTC HD7 and Dell Venue Pro).