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Windows Phone 7 unveiled: First impressions

Microsoft officially unveiled Windows Phone 7, though it will not be available in the U.S. until Nov. 8. Read what three TechRepublic and ZDNet bloggers are saying about Windows Phone 7.

Microsoft officially unveiled Windows Phone 7 today, though the smartphone will not be available in the United States until November 8th. Here's a snippet of what CNET's Caroline McCarthy reported about the launch:

"Indeed, ultra-customization and personalization—while maintaining a level of practicality and simplicity—was central to the Windows Phone 7 launch pitch. Ballmer said that the two core key phrases to the development of the operating system were 'always delightful and wonderfully mine,' an unusual combination of buzzwords that Microsoft hopes will convey that it offers an environment that's highly customizable yet uncluttered and stitched together with a common feel."

Read what three TechRepublic and ZDNet bloggers are saying about Windows Phone 7, and then post your thoughts about the device in the discussion.

TechRepublic's Jason Hiner writes in his blog post, "Microsoft re-enters the mobile market with all guns blazing":

"Microsoft deserves credit for having the guts to do a complete reboot with Windows Phone 7, ditch its beleaguered Windows Mobile platform, and forget about backward compatibility.

Still, make no mistake that Windows Phone 7 has a major challenge ahead of it. Google Android and Apple iPhone have been sucking most of the oxygen out of the mobile space in 2010, and RIM/BlackBerry, Nokia (with Symbian 3), and HP/Palm WebOS are all scrapping to regain the momentum they've lost to Android and iPhone. It's a very crowded space and Microsoft might be about 12 months too late to make a major impact. For now, they're a tough fight for third place in the mobile platform race."

ZDNet's Larry Dignan writes in this blog post, "Microsoft's Windows Phone 7: Perception hurdles and the tablet angle":

"I think Microsoft at least established itself as a mobile choice-Andrew Nusca on scene seems to like Windows Phone 7 in an initial run-but ultimately the software giant's fate is with consumers. Not having Verizon Wireless at launch is a big handicap in the U.S., but AT&T is calling Windows Phone 7 a cornerstone mobile OS."

ZDNet blogger Matthew Miller writes in his post, "Windows Phone 7: Microsoft applies lessons learned from Apple and Google":

"Microsoft was able to bring the iPhone consistency and Apple control to Windows Phone 7 while also being able to provide an openness to applications and diversity in manufacturers and carriers that we see in Google Android platform. We won't be able to make final judgements about Windows Phone 7 until we test out retail shipping devices, but so far things are looking pretty good for a Microsoft reboot in the smartphone world."

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Mary Weilage is a Feature Editor for CBS Interactive. She has worked for TechRepublic since 1999.

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