Will Windows Phone 7 save WinMo smartphones?

Today Microsoft unveiled Phone 7, the latest version of their Windows Mobile platform, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona Spain.

Microsoft may have been making operating systems for portable devices since long before they actually had phones in them, but lately they've been losing traction to Apple's iPhone, RIM's BlackBerry, and the Android, so the big question is whether Phone 7 can turn the tide back towards Redmond.

The interface appears to be a radical departure from the Windows Mobile interfaces of old, all of which felt like a mini version of the regular computer Windows setup. Dubbed Metro, the UI seems to be similar to the one we saw on the Zune HD, which should be a good thing. The big question is whether that's enough to make people turn away from the competition.

Expect devices with Phone 7 to hit the stores just in time for the holiday season later this year.

Check out the interface for yourself at the new Phone 7 website.

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