As someone who has been working with Windows phones and other Windows Mobile devices for well over a decade, I am amazed by just how far the technology has come. Windows Phone 7 includes features that were absolutely unheard of in previous Windows Mobile operating systems, such as an integrated Zune, Xbox Live, and one-touch access to multiple email accounts.

As a way of helping you to better appreciate just how far Windows phones have come, I want to start out by giving you a brief history of the Windows Mobile operating system. After that, I talk about some of the most notable changes (both good and bad) that Microsoft has made in Windows Phone 7.

The History of Windows Mobile

Microsoft’s first mobile operating system was Windows ...

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