Monday Microsoft announced the official launch of Windows Phone 7, as the phones are now available for purchase at AT&T and T-Mobile locations nationwide. To celebrate the event, the Redmond, Wash. company released the findings of a study that show how mobile phones have become a part of our everyday lives.
According to Harris Interactive (docx file), 55-percent of all phone owners surveyed age 18–35 have used their phone in a bathroom, however 19-percent of phone owners between the ages of 18 and 24 have actually dropped their phone in a toilet. The study also discovered that 49-percent of adults between the ages of 18 and 24 have tripped or walked into something while walking and texting or e-mailing on their mobile phone.
So what does this have to do with the launch of Windows Phone 7? Microsoft claims that the new mobile OS will get the daily tasks of emailing, social networking and more in less steps, allowing users to quickly get in, out and back to real life. "By re-imagining the way people access information on their smartphones, Windows Phone 7 is designed to help people perform common tasks more easily and faster," the company said.
In related news, Neowin uncovered a website indicating that PC gamers may not need a Windows Phone 7 device to play games with the smartphone owners. This would be made possible through the use of Silverlight, as a good chunk of the Windows Phone 7 is built around Microsoft’s Flash competitor.
"It's more fun when you challenge another player," the website reads here. "Connect to Xbox LIVE to play a variety of games with your friends. Play a turn-based game on the web or over Xbox LIVE on your Windows Phone 7 device. Whether you're at the computer or on the go, bring the fun of an Xbox LIVE game with you. Grab a friend and jump in!"
The launch is currently slated as "coming soon," and displays an illustration of a chess/checker board, a Windows Phone 7 and a PC.