This is all the information from the official press conference video that refers to the interface, specs etc.
- Live "tiles" replace start screen and today screen, get updated dynamically unlike the static icons of the old Start Menu. Virtually anything can be â€œpinnedâ€ to the new start menu letting you jump in to programs, contacts, media, webpages etc.
- Multiple, independent calendars: live, Exchange etc: "Work and phone together"
- "App Bar" replaces task bars buttons, some icons always displayed, other less frequent ones displayed one a tap, so more screen real estate available. The â€œApp Barâ€ appears icon based (like 6.5.3) though the extended menus are text
- A lot of fancy animations
- System wide detection of addresses, phone numbers etc. linked to actions like calls
- Bing maps changes to show satellite on close zoom in
- Multitouch consistent with Windows 7 (PC) – required on all devices, requires 4 point multitouch.
- Standard sensor architecture.
- New software keyboard much like the one on the Zune HD
- Search – context sensitive, can pick local, web, news etc as data source.
- "Bing as a decision engine", integrated in to lots of things, and also the search button.
- Panorama of screens rather than individual, not connected screens. Pan between pages. This replaces the pivots in 6.5.3.
- Brand new browser, based on desktop IE, so widely compatible. Double tap + pinch zoom. Sub pixel positioning on text, new text engine. Text legible on pages when zoomed out. Multiple tabs. Pin web page to start menu
- New exchange client, â€œworks just like outlook on the desktopâ€. Data cached locally. Check boxes to delete email, same method to delete one email as many emails (think HTCs email deletion from the latest Sense)
- â€œHubsâ€ to organise data for common tasks. Integration with third party software and services
- Phone primarily about communication, people centric communication like HTCs sense. All contacts brought together, people. Commenting on peoples statuses etc direct from contacts â€œhubâ€. Can pin contacts to start screen.
- Pictures hub has pictures from web sources, on device etc, images synced from PC.
- â€œWhatâ€™s newâ€ feeds from Facebook, other social networking. Can integrate services in to hubs, like upload images.
- Central data sources used by individual â€œhubsâ€. Log in once to Facebook, all data available from relevant applications â€“ Facebook albums, contact updates etc.
- â€œGreat for business users as well as consumersâ€. OneNote great on a phone. â€œOffice hubâ€. Office 2010 derived judging by the orange everywhere! All data synced to desktops. Panorama with SharePoint, local files, most popular etc. Edit, creation â€œconsistent with desktop applicationsâ€. Maybe MS havenâ€™t completed Office yet, no in-depth look at it.
- Syncs with Zune PC software. Browsing of data stored on phone.
- Games. Most popular category for software. Linked to Xbox Live. Xbox live games. Games as a social experience. Interaction across three screens (TV, PC, mobile).
- Trying to bring together web, local data etc. â€œdesigned for Life In Motionâ€.
- Media on one central hub, multiple music sources. â€œOne stop shop for music and videoâ€ including third party. â€œEvery WP7S device is a Zuneâ€
- WP7 is described as â€œStart overâ€
- Continue to invest in WM6.5, coexisting perhaps?
One key point made was â€œitâ€™s a phone, not a PCâ€.
Really, all of this is good, and gives a massive overhaul to the OS. Forget the shortcomings, and just look at what could become a very intuitive, very fast user interface. Unfortunately, words such as â€œsynergysticalâ€ appeared quite frequently. That cannot be a good sign!
Check out the video of the WP7 launch at MWC here.