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Yes, Windows Phone 7 Series can make a phone call

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Sure, we’ve been pushing Microsoft hard for Windows Phone 7 Series details like copy and paste (no) and multitasking (no), but we just realized that we’ve never actually seen a 7 Series device… make a phone call. A little running around later and we’ve got two demo handsets calling each other. We’re told that the little white arrow on the call panel will eventually bring up options like conference calling, speakerphone, and mute, but it’s not working yet — and one of the phones seems to think it’s running on Cingular, so either time travel is an unannounced feature of the OS or Microsoft still has some work to do. Video after the break.

P.S. They’re just demo SIMs, but we’re sure the poor PR folks babysitting the devices would appreciate it if you didn’t call the numbers, okay? Be nice.

Windows Phone 7 Series preview, MIX10 edition

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We just spent some quality time with the MIX10 build of Windows Phone 7 Series running on the same prototype hardware sourced from Garmin-Asus that we saw at MWC — and apart from a few Murphy’s Law-style demo hiccups, we loved what we saw. One thing that immediately caught our attention was the fact that lists of items “compress” slightly once you’ve reached their end — something we hadn’t noticed before. In general, it’s pretty impressive how much attention Microsoft is paying to the finer aesthetic points of the platform, from the slight “tilts” of items that you’ve pressed to the 3D effects you encounter as you flip through photos. Another thing we’ve confirmed here is that the test units do have accelerometers, refuting an earlier rumor that had been spreading out in Barcelona — we know this because the display auto-rotated while viewing a photo. Check out the full video — along with a shot of the phone resting alongside its Zune HD cousin — after the break.

Netflix prototyped for Windows Phone 7 Series

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We just got a quick at Netflix for Windows Phone 7 Series, one of the third-party apps Microsoft’s showing off here at MIX10, and it looks… well, very Netflixy — it’s red to the bone. Unlike other mobile Netflix apps, this one’s got Watch Instantly support and it looks great — a real testament to the capabilities Microsoft’s bringing to the table with it Silverlight-based dev platform. Video after the break!

Microsoft demos push notifications on Windows Phone 7 Series

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Microsoft’s flavor of push notifications for Windows Phone 7 Series — the so-called Microsoft Notification Service — was just demoed using an MLS (Major League Soccer) app, and it fits in really well with the “Metro” UI motif. Notifications come in via an unobtrusive bar across the top of the display — better than iPhone, and not unlike webOS — and tapping them takes you into the app where you’re presumably taken to a fuller view of the relevant information. The notifications are available regardless of whether the app is open, a model that mirrors Apple’s and likely a heavy dose of foreshadowing that multitasking — at least, multitasking as we know it — won’t be available. Check of pic of the notification bar after the break.

Confirmed: Marketplace will be the only way to get apps on Windows Phone 7 Series

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We just got out of a meeting with Microsoft’s Todd Biggs, who dropped a little bombshell on us: the only official way to get apps on a Windows Phone 7 Series device will be to download them from the just-detailed Windows Phone Marketplace. That means developers will have to abide by Microsoft’s technical and content guidelines in order to make it in, with the very real possibility of rejection — sound familiar? Todd told us Microsoft plans to avoid Apple-style submission headaches by making the process transparent and predictable, with a group of Microsoft execs regularly meeting to examine edge cases and refine the guidelines as needed, but even the best intentions can be led astray by a sexy app or two. We also got some additional details on Marketplace and how it’s going to work, catch the highlights after the break.

Update: Microsoft wanted us to clarify that enterprise customers will be able to deploy apps to employees outside the consumer-facing Marketplace — details on that will be released in the future.

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