Windows Phone 7 hits technical preview

Windows Phone 7 is in the “home stretch” with thousands of prototype devices heading to developers.

Windows Phone 7 hits technical preview

The next mobile operating system from Microsoft has now hit the technical preview stage, said head of Windows Phone engineering Terry Myerson.

“We are certainly not done yet – but the craftsmen (and women) of our team have signed off that our software is now ready for the hands-on everyday use of a broad set of consumers around the world,” said Myerson in the Windows Phone blog.

He said thousands of prototype handsets from Asus, LG and Samsung will head to developers in the next few weeks, so they can begin creating apps for the platform and give Microsoft feedback on how well the OS works.

The technical preview will also put more handsets in the hands of reviewers, with the system winning mixed feedback so far. But, as Myerson notes, the final version isn’t due for several months, so Microsoft has time to address many of the complaints.

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