Windows Phone 7 to launch today

Windows Phone 7 will be unveiled today

The new phone operating system from Microsoft – imaginatively named Windows Phone 7 – is to be unveiled today in a number of launch events around the world. The main event will take place in New York at 2:30pm Irish time, with an event in Dublin due to start later this evening.

A number of handsets will be showcased as part of the launch, with the devices likely to hit the shelves later this month. HTC, Samsung and LG are all expected to support the OS from launch.

Windows Phone 7 has been in development for some time now and is seen as Microsoft’s first real push back against the rise of the iPhone and Google’s Android OS.

The operating system will integrate social media tools, the Zune marketplace and Xbox Live amongst other things.

O2 are to be the launch partner in Ireland and details of the event will be available on teic.ie later.

If you want to find out more before then the New York launch will be covered in a live blog on Engadget.com.

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