The Windows Phone 7 was built around the idea that the end user is king. The design team began by defining and understanding the people who would use this phone. It was convinced that there could be a better user experience for a phone, one that revolves more around who the users are rather than what they do. The Windows Phone 7 lets users quickly get in, get out and back to their lives.
Windows Phone 7 is all about neat, tidy and organized. Did the designers suffer from OCD, we don’t know but the Interface and their motto is about being clean and being easy. If you’ve got more than 20 live tiles on your homescreen their motto doesn’t exactly hold true. To solve this a few interesting solutions are available online.
MyLiveTile allows you to create a perfectly sized square on IE and pin it to your start screen. This improves the spacing between the Live Tiles and permits you to categorize them as per your wish.
This concept is not new and there are many sites which offer similar functionality, albeit with a few minor differences. Here’s a list of websites that allow you to organize your live tiles:
Well this makes organizing your life..er I mean live tiles that much easier doesn’t it?
Windows Phone 7 arrived on the smartphone scene bringing a very refreshing and smooth UI. Departing from the iOS and Android style of icons and tabs and tapping and clicking, it created the beloved Metro UI. No later than six months (and change) the Metro UI got the award for the Interactive Product Experiences in the ’2011 International Design Excellence Awards’. The live tiles and the panorama screens ,which involve swiping, make the interface a joy to use.
Here’s what Co.Design had to say:
How true. With the Mango Update coming in fall and the marketplace booming ahead the future looks bright for the Microsoft’s newest baby.
We reported about the GameBoy emulator, which will be released in couple of days, a few days back. Now we came accross this XDA thread, where Silverlight dev. Nudua is building a NES emulator called VNesLight for Windows Phone 7. He has already ported popular Java NES emulator VNes to Silverlight 4 and is taking it a step further to make it work on Windows phone as well.
We got our hands on mango and I have to admit – I'm in awe. It's nearly perfect and I am not the only one saying this, mind you. Anyways, we have the perspective of end users and bloggers but what about developers? They love the updated Mango SDK. We won't dive into the technical details because Abodale Gbadgesi, who played a key role in developing Windows phone OS, just posted a fantastic video on Channel 9 highlighting technical achievements and know hows concerning Mango update. Developers should definitely watch the Silverlight video after the break.