This week, Microsoft officially launched Windows Phone 7 – its latest mobile operating system.

As we prepare for handsets based on the mobile OS to be made available, here's a look at the hubs dedicated to activities such as pictures, office, people, Xbox gaming, music and video.

Start screen

The new home screen, or Start, as Microsoft calls it, contains a series of 'live titles' or widgets, which can show you at a glance your missed calls, incoming texts or email. You can also add 'live titles' from friends' social network profiles, such as from Facebook.

Pictures Hub

The Pictures Hub collects photos you've taken with your Windows Phone 7 camera, photos synced from your computer, and your albums from social networking sites. The Pictures Hub also aggregates any videos you might have.

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Windows Phone 7 is unlike any iteration of Windows Mobile we've seen before. From the stylish Zune interface to Xbox Live integration to brand-new third-party apps, Windows Phone 7 deserves a closer look.

Games Hub

Microsoft boasts that the Games Hub on Windows Phone 7 is the first and only official Xbox Live app on a phone. It includes Xbox Live games and a spotlight feed, and you can see people's avatars, Achievements and gamer profiles.

Microsoft has teamed up with big-name game developers such as Glu Mobile and EA Mobile, and so far gaming is shaping up to be one of the strongest features on the phone platform.

Ilomilo

One of the most graphically beautiful games we've seen is Ilomilo, which cleverly uses the hardware's built-in accelerometer. Your goal is to unite two pixie-like creatures (aptly named Ilo and Milo) in a dangerous, twisting maze.

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  1. Just what will the new mobile OS offer
  2. Games Hub
  3. Crackdown 2: Project Sunburst
  4. Office Hub
  5. IMBd for Windows Phone 7
  6. Motolingo for Windows Phone 7
  7. Find and secure lost phones

Windows Phone 7 is unlike any iteration of Windows Mobile we've seen before. From the stylish Zune interface to Xbox Live integration to brand-new third-party apps, Windows Phone 7 deserves a closer look.

Crackdown 2: Project Sunburst

If you're an Xbox 360 addict, you'll find a lot of familiar titles coming to Windows Phone 7. Crackdown 2 is a tower-defence game that smartly integrates Bing Maps: It uses real locations as the gaming world, so you can defend real landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge - or even your own house.

Music and Video Hub

The Music and Video Hub - or the Zune part of Windows Phone 7 - is exactly what it says on the tin. It lets you navigate though your music, videos and podcasts, as well as to listen to FM radio (subject to phone specifications) or to visit the Marketplace for more media.

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  1. Just what will the new mobile OS offer
  2. Games Hub
  3. Crackdown 2: Project Sunburst
  4. Office Hub
  5. IMBd for Windows Phone 7
  6. Motolingo for Windows Phone 7
  7. Find and secure lost phones

Windows Phone 7 is unlike any iteration of Windows Mobile we've seen before. From the stylish Zune interface to Xbox Live integration to brand-new third-party apps, Windows Phone 7 deserves a closer look.

Office Hub

The Office Hub is the starting point for most business-related features on a Windows Phone 7 handset. It provides shortcuts to Microsoft Office Mobile apps, Office SharePoint and Office OneNote, for your notes, schedules or to-do lists.

Windows Internet Explorer mobile browser

The updated Internet Explorer browser on Windows Phone 7 handsets features faster website rendering, adjustable scrolling and redesigned bottom navigation buttons.

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  1. Just what will the new mobile OS offer
  2. Games Hub
  3. Crackdown 2: Project Sunburst
  4. Office Hub
  5. IMBd for Windows Phone 7
  6. Motolingo for Windows Phone 7
  7. Find and secure lost phones

Windows Phone 7 is unlike any iteration of Windows Mobile we've seen before. From the stylish Zune interface to Xbox Live integration to brand-new third-party apps, Windows Phone 7 deserves a closer look.

IMDb for Windows Phone 7

Aside from its partnerships in the gaming world, Microsoft has teamed up with some big names to bring other apps specially optimised for Windows Phone 7. The IMDb app has a slew of new features, including daily application tile image updates, panorama views, and the ability to receive IMDb movie recommendations by shaking the phone.

Slacker Radio

One of the best radio apps, Slacker, comes preloaded on the HTC HD7 phone. The Slacker app takes full advantage of the unique features of Windows Phone 7. According to Slacker, one of these features is a 'parallax effect', which allows the foreground and background to move at different speeds as you swipe left and right. Sadly, it's only for use in the US at the moment.

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  1. Just what will the new mobile OS offer
  2. Games Hub
  3. Crackdown 2: Project Sunburst
  4. Office Hub
  5. IMBd for Windows Phone 7
  6. Motolingo for Windows Phone 7
  7. Find and secure lost phones

Windows Phone 7 is unlike any iteration of Windows Mobile we've seen before. From the stylish Zune interface to Xbox Live integration to brand-new third-party apps, Windows Phone 7 deserves a closer look.

Motolingo for Windows Phone 7

Microsoft has also worked with smaller developers to help them bring new apps to the OS. Motolingo is a helpful app that monitors your driving speed and alerts you when you're driving too fast. In addition, the app tracks traffic jams so that you can avoid them and get home earlier (without speeding, of course).

Microsoft My Phone: manage phone content on the web

With your Windows Phone 7 handset, you can access the Microsoft My Phone service, which allows you to manage all of your phone's content - such as photos, videos, calendar entries and contacts - from the web.

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  1. Just what will the new mobile OS offer
  2. Games Hub
  3. Crackdown 2: Project Sunburst
  4. Office Hub
  5. IMBd for Windows Phone 7
  6. Motolingo for Windows Phone 7
  7. Find and secure lost phones

Windows Phone 7 is unlike any iteration of Windows Mobile we've seen before. From the stylish Zune interface to Xbox Live integration to brand-new third-party apps, Windows Phone 7 deserves a closer look.

Microsoft My Phone: find and secure lost phones

The My Phone service also comes with a premium package, which allows you to locate your Windows Phone 7 handset remotely via the GPS chip, as well as to secure your phone.

See also: The problems facing Windows Phone 7

  1. Just what will the new mobile OS offer
  2. Games Hub
  3. Crackdown 2: Project Sunburst
  4. Office Hub
  5. IMBd for Windows Phone 7
  6. Motolingo for Windows Phone 7
  7. Find and secure lost phones