Windows Phone 7 launched today

Local gets world first Windows 7 handset, thanks to NZ's dateline position

Windows Phone 7 was officially launched in New Zealand in Auckland's Aotea Square today.

The new mobile OS was reviewed by Computerworld at Microsoft's Tech.Ed conference in August and will be re-sold by Vodafone and Telecom.

Microsoft and Vodafone have been quick off the mark, with a joint media statement announcing that the first Windows 7 phone in the world has been sold, to a New Zealander. This was achieved thanks to New Zealand being the first country in the world to greet the new day, and thus the first to put phones on the market to customers (by a few hours).

Ordering went live on Vodafone's website at 12.01am and Waikato resident Jourdan Templeton was the lucky recipient of the first phone.

In a statement from Gen-i, Australasia CEO Chris Quin is quoted as saying "The ability for users to access familiar business applications quickly from the Start screen, and the seamless interface with Sharepoint, Office and Exchange, create great opportunities for businesses looking to improve productivity, responsiveness and collaboration across the workplace.

“For clients using our cloud infrastructure services, the platform supports mobile access to Microsoft’s BPOS suite of hosted messaging and application tools.

“We’ve already had keen interest from our clients, with around 50 per cent of our LG Optimus 7Q devices already pre-sold to clients."

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