Microsoft announced a technical preview of its Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system -- the company's high-stakes attempt to come from behind against the likes of Apple's iPhone and Google's Android in the critical mobile market."We're certainly not done yet – but the craftsmen (and women) of our team have signed off that our software is now ready for the hands-on everyday use of a broad set of consumers around the world."
"Before this release, software has undergone extensive testing – in daily use by more than 1000 people at Microsoft usng WP7 as their only phone for past several months, and more than 10,000 devices in our test labs. We've been testing usability, battery life, network connectivity, and many other metrics for a long time. As a result of that work, I hope you'll find the experience to be of surprisingly high quality," said Terry.
"Thousands of prototype phones from Asus, LG and Samsung are making their way into the hands of developers over next few weeks." Here's a test device built by Samsung. Like the real devices coming for the holidays, it had all of Microsoft's required features: three navigation buttons (back, Start and search), a camera button, a lock button, a camera with flash and an FM radio tuner: