In , Microsoft released Windows Phone 7. The update included a mobile version of Internet Explorer 9 that supports the same web standards and graphical capability as the desktop version, multi-tasking of third-party apps,   Twitter integration for the People Hub,    and Windows Live SkyDrive access.
The update included a tweaked start screen, additional color schemes, and more wallpaper options. Windows Phone 8[ edit ] Main article: Windows Phone 8 replaces its previously Windows CE-based architecture with one based on the Windows NT kernel with many components shared with Windows 8 , allowing applications to be ported between the two platforms. Starting with this release, Microsoft has also dropped the requirement that all Windows Phone OEMs include a camera button and physical buttons for back, Start, and Search.
Cortana replaces the previous Bing search feature, and was released as a beta in the United States in the first half of , before expanding to other countries in late and early Windows 10 Mobile Windows 10 Mobile was announced on January 21, , as a mobile operating system for smartphones and tablets running on ARM architecture. Its primary focus is unification with Windows 10 , its PC counterpart, in software and services; in accordance with this strategy, the Windows Phone name has been phased out in favor of branding the platform as an edition of Windows 10,     although it is still a continuation of Windows Phone, and most Windows Phone 8.
Tiles are links to applications, features, functions and individual items such as contacts, web pages, applications or media items. Users can add, rearrange, or remove tiles. Several features of Windows Phone are organized into "hubs", which combine local and online content via Windows Phone's integration with popular social networks such as Facebook , Windows Live , and Twitter.
From the hub, users can directly comment and 'like' on social network updates. Alternatively, users may choose a light theme in their phone's settings menu. Third-party applications can be automatically themed with these colors. The image is visible through the transparent area of the tiles and features a parallax effect when scrolling which gives an illusion of depth.
If the user does not pick a background image the tiles render with the accent color of the theme. Text input[ edit ] Users input text by using an on-screen virtual keyboard , which has a dedicated key for inserting emoticons ,  and features spell checking  and word prediction.
Users may change a word after it has been typed by tapping the word,  which will invoke a list of similar words. Pressing and holding certain keys will reveal similar characters. The keys are somewhat larger and spaced farther apart when in landscape mode. Phones may also be made with a hardware keyboard for text input. Internet Explorer Mobile Internet Explorer on Windows Phone allows the user to maintain a list of favorite web pages and tiles linking to web pages on the Start screen.
The browser supports up to 6 tabs, which can all load in parallel. A "What's New" section shows a user's Facebook news feed and a "Pictures" section show pictures from those social networks, while a "Me" section within the "People" hub shows a user's own social network status and wall and allows them to view social network updates.
Contacts can also be pinned to the Start Screen. The contact's "Live Tile" displays their social network status and profile picture on the homescreen. Clicking on a contact's tile or accessing their card within the "People" hub will reveal their recent social network activity as well as the rest of their contact information.
If a contact has information stored on multiple networks, users can link the two separate contact accounts, allowing the information to be viewed and accessed from a single card. Here, information from each of the contacts is combined into a single page which can be accessed directly from the Hub or pinned to the Start screen.
Mail Windows Windows Phone supports Outlook. Contacts and calendars may be synced from these services as well. Users can also search through their email by searching in the subject, body, senders, and receivers. Emails are shown with threads, and multiple email inboxes can be combined into a single view a feature commonly referred to as "combined inbox" or can viewed separately.