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12 years ago, Microsoft launched Windows Phone 7 and won a celebrity with followers

12 years ago, Microsoft launched Windows Phone 7 and won a celebrity with followers

12 years ago, Microsoft launched Windows Phone 7 and won a celebrity with followers

What you need to know

  • On October 21, 2010, Microsoft released Windows Phone 7 globally
  • The official US launch took place a few weeks later, on November 8
  • Windows Phone 7 borrowed a lot from the Zune media player and stood out from the crowd

Windows Phone 7 is one of the defining moments of Microsoft’s mobile ambitions. Until then, the company was going on fumes with Windows Mobile 6.5 With earlier rumors of a “photonic operating system”, also known as Windows Mobile 7, to replace it.

But instead of continuing into a new era of Windows Mobile design, the company has chosen the very bold path Windows Phone 7 series (Microsoft, fortunately, later Projection “string” from the noun).

(Image credit: Microsoft)

Windows Phone 7 was a whole new way to think about the operating system. The user interface borrowed a lot from Zone Series of music players borrowed from media center windowsand found inspiration from the Swiss movement of the 1960s. Steeped in fonts like Helvetica and later Segoe WP, Microsoft’s “modern and clean” design language had a philosophy behind it and even a smart name – Metro UI – where the design was like road signs: clear, iconic, text-driven.





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