Windows Phone press conference (someone peeked!)

Just getting ready to watch the Windows Phone Press conference (http://livesi.de/b1jp4j), but there are already some bits of news coming out of Barcelona.

First, it looks like someone peeked behind the curtains and found some images of the new Windows Phone home screen:

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More info at PC World

Also the biggest news out of MWC so far is that the Android operating system will support Flash, using Adobe Air.  Windows Phone will apparently not support Flash right out of the box, but expect that to change, according to a Microsoft spokesman:

"Microsoft and Adobe are working closely together. While the newest version of Windows Phone won’t support Flash at initial availability, both companies are working to include a browser plug-in for the full Flash player in future versions of Windows Phone. More details will be shared at Microsoft MIX next month."

OOH Look, the Windows Phone Image Gallery is up!

http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/presskits/windowsphone/imageGallery.aspx

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3:14pm CET – The press conference has started, Joe Belfiore is about to show it off

3:17pm CET – Windows Phones will have 3 buttons /Start/Search/Back – good news for Bing!

3:38pc CET – Windows Live is well integrated into the “People Hub”, social networks available on Windows Phone will be the ones available through Windows Live

3:44pm CET – “Every Windows Phone 7 Series will be a Zune”

Here’s a video from www.windowsphone7series.com, and the Windows Phone YouTube channel

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Laura Foy at Channel 9 has a first look hands-on video up: http://channel9.msdn.com/posts/LauraFoy/First-Look-Windows-Phone-7-Series-Hands-on-Demo/

Last question to Steve Ballmer, about Flash: “We have no OBJECTION to Flash support, however there will be no Flash in V1”