AT&T and Samsung Smartphone Partner for Windows Phone 7

windows-phone-.jpgSamsung announced the completion of an agreement to use the Windows Phone 7 platform on smartphones, made by Samsung.  Microsoft is expected to unveil Windows Phone 7 on October 11.  The Wall Street Journal reported that AT&T will be the first exclusive carrier of Windows Phone 7 phones.  Microsoft is reportedly working with both HTC and LG.

Samsung reported that, with their contract, Samsung makes a long-term commitment to include Windows Phone 7 in its smartphone portfolio.  Samsung plans to launch several models based on Windows Phone 7 this year in the US, Europe and Asia.

Samsung's Windows Phone 7 smartphones will combine the latest hardware design and technology with Microsoft's software and innovation heritage.  Windows Phone 7 phones are distinguished by unique and diverse experiences built from Microsoft's portfolio, such as Xbox LIVE, Office, Zune, Windows Live, Bing and more.  The platform has hubs of people, pictures, office and marketplace.

Windows Phone 7 is is the most thoroughly tested mobile platform that Microsoft has ever released.  There were almost 10,000 devices running automated tests, more than 500,000 hours of active self-hosting use, more than 3.5 million hours of stress test passes and 8.5 million hours of fully automated test passes.