Ever since Microsoft first discussed the possibilities of cross-platform gaming experiences among the Xbox 360, PC's and Windows Phone 7-equipped mobile devices via Xbox Live, today's hardware roll-out has been something we've been anxious to see. The first models from HTC, LG, Dell, and Samsung will be available starting November 8 with AT&T and T-Mobile as service providers in the U.S.
"We have a beautiful lineup in this first wave of Windows Phone 7 handsets," Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said in a press release. "Microsoft and its partners are delivering a different kind of mobile phone and experience — one that makes everyday tasks faster by getting more done in fewer steps and providing timely information in a 'glance and go' format."
The Dell Venue Pro, Samsung Focus, HTC Surround and others are already on display at Microsoft.com, where you can see which phones are being supported by which services. A total of 9 phones will appear as part of the first wave coming for the holiday season. And gaming Xbox Live integration will be there.
"One of the things we've tried to do was make this a complete experience," Microsoft corporate vice president overseeing Windows Phone program management Joe Belfiore said during a presentation this morning, according to a report on Engadget. He showed off Xbox Live avatar-editing features, as well as titles such as "The Sims 3" and Microsoft Games Studios' "ilomilo," the latter of which will only be available on AT&T phones.
These phones will have a robust payload of software, include Microsoft Office and photo-sharing applications that should make them extremely useful in the workplace. Nevertheless, they'll need all the seductive green-tinted XBL features they can muster when they go up against the iPhone and Android devices next month.
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