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VIVA joins hands with Microsoft for Windows 7

HTC HD7 with the Windows operating system is now available in Bahrain on the VIVA network

VIVA joins hands with Microsoft for Windows 7
The HTC HD7 Windows 7 phone is now available on the VIVA network in Bahrain.

VIVA has inked a long-term partnership with Microsoft, making it the first operator in Bahrain to launch the Windows 7 operating system.

VIVA and Microsoft plan to unveil several more Windows 7 phones and services onto the market, following the Windows 7 HTC mobile launch.

The HTC HD7, now available in Bahrain, is powered by Windows 7 and features a large 4.3" touch display and is also powered by a Qualcomm 1 GHz Snapdragon processor.

The phone also has GPS functionality with access to turn-by-turn navigation, 8 or 16 GB of internal memory, a 5MP autofocus camera with dual LED flash, and HD 720p video recording and includes Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking, Bluetooth, stereo music streaming, and a 1230 mAh battery.

The HTC HD7 is enabled for VIVA's high-speed 3G network and is designed to offer fast data delivery and better web-browsing.

"We are delighted to be the first operator in the Kingdom of Bahrain to deliver the Windows Mobile 7 operating system that utilises the innovations of Microsoft to increase business communications capabilities and maximize the entertainment experience of smartphones," said Andrew Hanna, chief commercial officer of VIVA.

The Windows Phone 7 operating system is designed to allow users to access ahat they need in fewer steps using a Hub and Tile interface.

Windows Phone 7 uses Live Tiles, instead of the normal icons. These are designed to show users latest information without them having to open an application.

"Windows Phone 7 marks a major milestone in Microsoft's mobility history.  Built from the ground up, it is designed to bring a different phone experience to people.  We are pleased that the Kingdom of Bahrain is one of the first countries in the region to have Windows Phone 7. Through our strategic partnership with VIVA, we are jointly delivering on our commitment to the customers in the kingdom to provide a different and enhanced mobility experience that is fuelled by the latest technological advances. We have great confidence that Windows Phone 7 will see a strong uptake amongst VIVA customers," said Tareq Hijazi, regional country manager, Microsoft Bahrain and Oman.

The Windows Phone operating system also integrates Microsoft applications such as Xbox LIVE, Windows Live, Bing and Zune. The system uses Explorer Mobile 8 for full HTML web-browsing, has Microsoft Exchange e-mail and calendar as well as Microsoft Office Hub which has Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, OneNote and SharePoint Workspace Mobile.

The HTC HD7 will cost $263 and will come with a free 2GB data bundle for a period of two years.

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