Verizon Won’t Offer Windows Phone 7 Devices until 2011

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Verizon Wireless won’t offer any models running Microsoft’s new mobile operating system when it launches late this year, but will probably launch its first device based on Windows Phone 7 at some point in 2011.

It’s possible to regard Verizon’s delay releasing a device running this new OS as a problem for Microsoft, but it could be worse. There were unconfirmed reports that there was bad blood between these two companies in the wake of the Microsoft Kin fiasco, and as a result Verizon wouldn’t be offering any Windows Phone 7 models at all.

Asus Windows Phone 7 Smartphone

However, Verizon spokesperson Brenda Raney told Bloomberg, “Our relationship with Microsoft is solid.”

More than One Fish in the Sea
Verizon is the largest wireless carrier in the U.S., but it certainly has rivals. AT&T, is the second biggest carrier in terms of subscribers, and it has made a significant commitment to Microsoft’s mobile operating system.

A spokesperson for AT&T said in June, “We’ll be the premier carrier for Windows Phone 7.”

Early this year, Sprint and T-Mobile expressed interest in offering smartphones based on this OS, but it’s not clear what their current plans are.

Three of the most important smartphone makers are working on devices running this operating system: HTC, LG, and Samsung. 

More about Windows Phone 7
Despite its name, Microsoft’s next smartphone operating system has little in common with its predecessors. It will have a completely different user interface and won’t run applications written for the earlier versions nor will any current models be upgradeable.

Its focus has moved to consumers, and its UI emphasizes social networking, pictures, games, etc. It has also been redesigned to be controlled with a fingertip.

Windows Phone 7 PreviewJust about the only significant similarity between old and new is that both include Microsoft Office Mobile and support for synchronizing with Microsoft Exchange.

Microsoft says the first smartphones running Windows Phone 7 will be on the market in time for the holiday shopping season.

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