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Microsoft Launches Windows Phone

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Microsoft, the worldwide leader in software for personal and business computing has launched the Windows Phone in India with the latest operating system 'Mango'. The new OS sports a smooth transitional user interface called 'Metro', a visually appealing modern design language based on a set of principles which are modern, clean, alive in motion, and authentically digital.

The conventional application icons have been replaced by Live Tiles on the Windows Phone start screen, thus boldly displaying critical information at a glance. The Live Tiles come to life with real-time updates from the Web such as news, appointments or the status of friends. New Live Tiles can be easily created from whatever content a consumer wants, for applications, websites and music.

Bhaskar Pramanik, Chairman, Microsoft India said, "We are incredibly excited about Wednesday's unveiling of Windows Phone. With Windows Phone, we have looked at the consumer experience  in an absolutely fresh way, and the end result is an operating system that is stylish, innovative and  one that seamlessly integrates the  most sought after user experiences such as search, gaming, email and social networks across Bing, Office, Xbox LIVE, Facebook, Twitter and more".

Every Windows Phone device is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon™ mobile processor and comes with a dedicated hardware button for Bing, providing one-click access to search from anywhere on the phone.

Speaking at the launch, Vikas Arora, Group Director - Operator Channel, Microsoft, said: "Windows Phone is for people who are ready for a new phone experience, one that brings together the things you care about in a way that uniquely represents who you really are - whether at work or play".

The phone has laden with applications such as Xbox LIVE and mobile versions of Word, Excel, OneNote and PowerPoint, SkyDrive, Office 365 or SharePoint sites.

Microsoft revealed a range of Windows Phone devices that will be available in India soon, the first being the HTC Radar. This will be followed by devices from Samsung and Acer, and subsequently Nokia.

Faisal Siddiqui, Country Manager, HTC India said, "We are excited to unveil HTC Radar, with the latest Windows Phone operating system in India".

At the launch Avneesh Agrawal, Senior Vice President Qualcomm and president, Qualcomm India and South Asia said, "Qualcomm and Microsoft have been working closely together, and we continue to collaborate to enable Windows Phone with Snapdragon. The powerful and power-efficient Snapdragon processor is an excellent match for Windows Phone, enabling a whole new level of consumer experience that is fast, rich, productive and fun, so consumers connect to what they care about the most, in the best possible way.

Threads: Switch between text, Facebook chat, and Windows Live Messenger. Group contacts into personalised Live Tiles.

Social network integration: Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn feeds integrated. Windows Phone includes built-in Facebook check-ins and face detection software.

Linked Inbox: Consumers can see multiple email accounts in one linked inbox.

Hands-free messaging: Built-in voice-to-text and text-to-voice support enables hands-free texting or chatting.

App Connect: By connecting apps to search results and deepening their integration with Windows Phone Hubs, apps to be surfaced when and where they make sense.

Multitasking: Quickly switch between apps in use and allow apps to run in the background while helping to preserve battery life and performance.

My Windows Phone: All Windows Phones come with the ability to use any web browser to log in to and locate your lost phone on a map, have it sound the ringer, lock it, or wipe it.

Bing: Use Bing to get answers or to find an address or get directions. You can also search with your voice or take a photo to get results with Vision search.

Calendar: Meeting invitations arrive in your Outlook inbox with schedule conflicts highlighted. You can view multiple calendars from your Exchange Server, Facebook, Windows Live and web email in one view.

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