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Windows Phone 7 review roundup

Windows Phone 7 software is here. We read the reviews so you don't have to.

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David Pogue of the New York Times also finds plenty missing from the Windows Phone 7 OS. "Like the iPhone," Pogue writes, "the Web browser doesn’t play Flash videos on the Web — but it also won’t play the HTML5 videos that the iPhone plays, or even videos in Microsoft’s own Silverlight format. So, no YouTube, no Hulu, no online news videos."

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The list goes on: "The e-mail program can’t unify your e-mail accounts into a single in-box. In fact, each e-mail account winds up as a separate icon on your home screen. There’s no message threading. The calendar can sync with online calendars like Yahoo’s or Google’s. But, incredibly, it can show only one category at a time, like home or work. If you’ve color-coded your life’s appointments, then this feature is all but useless," Pogue writes.

Over at CNET – in a post titled "5 Things I Dislike About Windows Phone 7" – Bonnie Cha wishes that the Zune desktop client "wasn't the only option for syncing music, video, podcasts, and photos to a Windows Phone 7 device. It'd be nice to be able to drag and drop files from your computer to your phone, but it's not recognized as a drive when connected and there's no USB mass storage mode," she writes.

Not all is doom and gloom. Joshua Topolsky of Engadget is "extremely impressed by the software's touch responsiveness and speed. In fact, this is probably the most accurate and nuanced touch response this side of iOS4," he writes. "It's kind of stunning how much work Microsoft has done on the user experience since we first saw this interface – everything now comes off as a tight, cohesive whole."

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