Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7
Ahead of the launch of its Windows Phone 7, Microsoft today filed a lawsuit against Motorola over alleged patent infringements on Android phones like the Droid X.
Microsoft claims Motorola is infringing on multiple patents “that are essential to the smartphone user experience, including synchronizing email, calendars and contacts, scheduling meetings, and notifying applications of changes in signal strength and battery power.”
On the company blog, Microsoft’s Horacio Gutierrez – Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel – elaborates on why they filed the suit.
Windows Phone 7 software will be unveiled October 11th, and is expected on handsets in stores by November 8th. A group of smartphone manufacturers including Samsung and HTC Corp are expected to roll out Microsoft-based phones for the holiday season. AT&T is expected to be the initial U.S. network provider.
Some analysts say Windows Phone 7 might be the last chance for Microsoft to catch up with Apple’s iPhones and Google’s Androids.
Microsoft is feeling confident, as witnessed by this funeral the team had for the iPhone last month.
How will Windows Phone 7 be different than the iPhone? Pocketnow.com has a great video comparing the design philosophies of the two operating systems.
Here’s a Microsoft demo of Windows Phone 7 via IntoMobile.com.