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Windows Phone 7 heads to developer preview

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Windows Phone 7 is creeping towards a final release

Microsoft has announced it has moved Windows Phone 7 to 'technical phase' - meaning it's being sent out to thousands of developers.

The devs will be getting their hands on devices running Microsoft's latest mobile operating system to assess it and get app development underway ahead of the commercial release.

On its Windows Phone blog, Microsoft has confirmed it will be sending off phones from Asus, LG and Samsung (although oddly not HTC) to developers in the coming days.

Extensive tests

According to the post, the software has undergone 'extensive' internal testing for several months, with users living with only a Windows Phone 7 handset for that period.

We'll be getting an in-depth hands on with the new software shortly, so stay tuned to see if Windows Phone 7 has been improved since we first saw it back at MWC in February.

Via Windows Phone Blog

Gareth Beavis

Global Editor-in-Chief

Gareth has been part of the consumer technology world in a career spanning three decades. He started life as a staff writer on the fledgling TechRadar, and has grown with the site (primarily as phones, tablets and wearables editor) until becoming Global Editor in Chief in 2018. Gareth has written over 4,000 articles for TechRadar, has contributed expert insight to a number of other publications, chaired panels on zeitgeist technologies, presented at the Gadget Show Live as well as representing the brand on TV and radio for multiple channels including Sky, BBC, ITV and Al-Jazeera. Passionate about fitness, he can bore anyone rigid about stress management, sleep tracking, heart rate variance as well as bemoaning something about the latest iPhone, Galaxy or OLED TV.