Windows Phone 7 Launches Today in North America with Xbox Live Support

By Brian Leahy, Nov 08, 2010 10:40am PST With Windows Phone 7 devices on sale in the US and Canada, buyers will now be able to log on to Xbox Live on the go, padding his or her Gamerscore with achievements from downloadable games.

Existing Xbox Live users can link their Gamertag to their new device for some extra features including

  • Avatars. Take your 3-D Avatar and props with you on the phone with full closet access.
  • Friends. Bring your Xbox LIVE friends with you everywhere; see who's online and what your friends are doing on their consoles, PCs or phones.
  • Achievements. Compare achievements with anybody on your Friends List.
  • Messaging. Communicate with anyone in the Xbox LIVE community through Xbox LIVE text messages.
As for games, all AT&T customers will get "ilomilo" for free to kick-start the mobile gaming action. Additionally, all games with Xbox Live support will have free demos, mirroring the policy of Xbox Live Arcade.

The available games available are:

  • Flowerz
  • Fogger HD
  • Flight Control
  • Star Wars: Battle for Hoth
  • Bejeweled LIVE
  • The Harvest
  • Rocket Riot
  • Earthworm Jim HD
  • The Sims 3
  • De Blob Revolution
  • Twin Blades
  • Hexic Rush
  • Tetris Monopoly
  • Uno HD
  • CarneyVale: Showtime
  • Glyder
  • O.M.G.
  • Glow Artisan
  • The Revenants
  • Need for Speed
  • More Brain Exercise
  • ilomiloand
  • Guitar Hero 5
Let us know if you snag a Windows Phone 7 device and what you think of your shiny new toy in the comments.

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  • It's really good and I love it ( I got HTC Mozart ) but there are some things that absolutely piss me off.

    The contacts integration with Live Messenger and so on. I like to keep the people in my phone and people in my live messenger and people in facebook separate. Well tough luck, no more separation. You erase someone from your phone book, they're also gone out of your messenger friends if they exist there.

    I got my phone 4 days ago. I logged on to the service provider web page to check my data usage and I've used 83% ( of 512mb ) of my monthly data. I didn't download jack shit, there's nothing to download. The only things I downloaded ( 4 demos and a couple of other apps ) were at home using WiFi. So my issue is I have no idea what is accessing the net and how much of it is being chewed up. For the time being data services are disabled, 3G is disabled until I figure out what the fuck is going on.

    I'm guessing my first bill will come in at 400% of what it should be. But I understand that's not microsoft's problem, it's my fault for not knowing what to do. Other than that it's a great phone.

  • I've had my Omnia 7 for about 2 weeks now (yay for an early UK launch!) gotta say its a really great device, better than the 3g iPhone i was using before, yea not everyone will like the style (personally I love it) hopefully if you see it in action you might get a better impression.

    As for the games, personally my favourite of the launch lineup is Twin Blades (Zombie slashing / shoot em up with a sweet upgrade system and rather pretty graphics) or OMG (forward scrolling shooter in the Geo Wars art style, tap enemies for bonus points and crazy bullett hell mode)

    Outside the OS the "standard" apps (facebook, imdb, all work really well and look suitably pretty but the lack of multitasking is as much of a bitch as it was on 3.1 iOS