Reinventing yourself isn’t easy, yet that’s what Microsoft did with Windows Phone 7, its slick new mobile operating system. Microsoft took its aging, stodgy Windows Mobile OS, reserved mainly for business users, and built something new from the ground up. The end result: an intuitive new platform that pushes the user—instead of apps—into the limelight. For example, Live Tiles are squares on the main screen that show constantly updating information, such as friends’ social network statuses, that you can move around. In addition to its compelling panel-based interface, Windows Phone 7 packs a full Zune player and can play Xbox Live games. Plus, key apps such as Facebook and Pandora will be easy to access without having to jump in and out of dedicated programs. Look for the first of these phones around the holiday season.
Price TBA; www.windowsphone7.com