Windows Phone 7

Release Date: October 21, 2010
Note: Windows Phone 7 is not currently available on all devices.

Get everything you need to stay connected with Windows Phone 7.  High-priority features like calling, texting, email, social networking and music are never more than a few steps away from whatever you're doing. Enhanced multitasking and app-to-app switching make it easy to stay on top of things on the go. See updates from all your apps on the Start screen's unique, tiled interface.

The steps to find the current OS version varies by device. Below are general instructions that work for most Windows Phone devices. For detailed instructions about a specific device, please check the user guide.

To check your current Windows Phone OS version:

  1. Tap the Settings tile.
  2. Tap about.
  3. Tap more info for OS information.

 

Key Features

Multitasking

No need to shut down one app to use another, Windows Phone 7's updated apps can run in the background. Switch between your open apps to check email while a song plays. Send a text without missing a move in your game. It's easy, smart multitasking.

App Connect & Shortcuts

Find the apps you need effortlessly with the App Connect feature. Any time you search the web, you'll see suggested apps alongside your search results. Go straight from checking out a movie on the web to the movie's details in a relevant app.

Live Tile Improvements

Get more updates faster with Windows Phone 7's enhanced Live Tiles. From your friends' latest updates to an animated picture slideshow, each Live Tile brings more fun to your Start screen.

Groups

Keep up with your favorite contacts by using the Groups feature. Pin groups to your Start screen from your social networks to see everyone's latest status updates. Plus, keep your conversations going with a quick text, instant message or email to everyone.

Speech

Do more handsfree with the Speech feature on Windows Phone 7. Speak commands to your phone to dictate and send a text or search the web. Your phone will read your incoming texts — even search results from the web — out loud to you.

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