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Microsoft Windows Phone launched in India

New Delhi, 13 October, 2011: Microsoft Corporation India Pvt. Ltd. has launched the Windows Phone in India.

The Microsoft Windows Phone features an user interface of Live Tiles and Hubs, Windows Phone enables people to quickly find, connect and consume the things that they care about the most. The new OS sports a smooth transitional user interface called 'Metro', a visually appealing modern design language based on a set of principles which are modern, clean, alive in motion, and authentically digital. The Windows Phone device is powered by the Qualcomm's Snapdragon™ mobile processor and chip system software, and comes with a dedicated hardware button for Bing search engine.

The application icons are replaced by Live Tiles on the Windows Phone start screen with real-time updates from the Web such as news, appointments or the status of friends.

The integrated experiences are achieved through 'hubs' which bring together related content into a single view to simplify common tasks. These include:

This hub delivers an engaging social experience by bringing together relevant content based on the person. It also provides a central place from which to post updates to Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Windows Live in one step.

This hub makes it easy to share pictures and video to a social network in one step. Windows Phone also brings together a user's photos by integrating with the Web and PC, making the phone the ideal place to view a person's entire picture and video collection

This hub delivers the Xbox LIVE experience on a phone, including Xbox LIVE games, Spotlight feed and the ability to see a gamer's avatar, Achievements and gamer profile

Music + Video.
This hub creates an incredible media experience. The overall experience is rich and easy to navigate, and immerses the listener in the content.

Other important features include
Switch between text, Facebook chat, and Windows Live Messenger. Group contacts into personalized Live Tiles
Social network integration. Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn feeds integrated. Windows Phone includes built-in Facebook check-ins and face detection software
Linked Inbox. Consumers can see multiple email accounts in one linked inbox.

Hands-free messaging. Built-in voice-to-text and text-to-voice support enables hands-free texting or chatting.

App Connect. By connecting apps to search results and deepening their integration with Windows Phone Hubs, apps to be surfaced when and where they make sense.

Multitasking. Quickly switch between apps in use and allow apps to run in the background while helping to preserve battery life and performance.

My Windows Phone. All Windows Phones come with the ability to use any web browser to log in to and locate your lost phone on a map, have it sound the ringer, lock it, or wipe it.

Bing. Use Bing to get answers or to find an address or get directions. You can also search with your voice or take a photo to get results with Vision search

Calendar. Meeting invitations arrive in your Outlook inbox with schedule conflicts highlighted. You can view multiple calendars from your Exchange Server, Facebook, Windows Live and web email in one view

(Microsoft Press release)

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