Following the earlier information from Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference, Aaron Woodman just unveiled another new Windows Phone 7 feature on the Windows Phone Blog: Windows Phone Live. Basically, Windows Phone Live is a combination of existing Windows Phone 6.5 features like My Phone under a new name and home. With the introduction of Windows Phone 6.5, Microsoft introduced My Phone Premium which allows to remotely wipe a Windows Phone 6.5 smartphone or get it remotely ringing. Furthermore, Microsoft's Live Mesh, which was just a technical preview and will soon fade away, allowed users to synchronize their phone with the cloud.
Also not yet that different but finally available in a Beta, not in a Technical Preview anymore, and now officially announced, Andy Lees announced during his keynote a new version of Windows Phone Developer Tools, Microsoftmade available yesterday evening already. Introduced at the MIX conference back in March, with the updated Beta, developers and designers can continue to build Windows Phone 7 apps on the final release of Visual Studio 2010. As always, also this update contains an an updated Windows Phone 7 OS image in the Windows Phone Emulator, updates APIs, updates documentation with new and expanded topics and addresses earlier discrepancies.
Today, at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2010 in Seattle, Microsoft's Senior Vice President Andy Lees unveiled further details of the upcoming release of Windows Phone 7. In his keynote, Lees addressed a wide range of key features but at the end of the day, Microsoft hasn't announced anything dramatically different or new. However, Lees again mentioned that the industry (or Microsoft?) had a problem with fragmentation in the phones but with Window Phone 7, developers will have a very consistent hardware target. And Microsoft seems to be confident that Windows Phone 7 will be a success (after the failure of KIN) because Lees said in his keynote that "We (Microsoft) are back and we are back with something very different and innovative"!