Behind Windows Phone 7 Series

March 3rd, 2010 by Arjan Olsder Posted in Platforms: XNA | No Comments »

Windows-phone It turned out, Windows Phone 7 is now officially Microsoft’s answer to the iPhone. According to Microsoft VP Terry Myerson, the iPhone opened up the eyes of Microsoft’s Windows Mobile team.

In fact, the team already had a Windows Mobile 7 in production codenamed Photon until they internally agreed it would not beat the iPhone. At that point, Microsoft pulled together the best employees from departments like Zune and Exchange as well as externals from companies like Nike to rebuild a mobile OS from scratch. Project photon was dismissed from that point onward.

“To be entirely candid, the iPhone opened our eyes as to some things that needed to be done that were not in our plan,” said Terry Myerson, the vice president in charge of Windows Phone engineering. “Some execution had really gone astray.”

Check the full story at the NYT.

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