Microsoft isn’t expected to officially release its new Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system to consumers, via new handsets, until October. But the developer tools for WP7 went final this week, and they’ve been showing off apps built for the new mobile platform left and right.
The folks behind the Seesmic social networking client for Facebook and Twitter are showing off a preview, and it looks absolutely gorgeous. The app takes advantage of the Windows Phone 7 user interface with tiles, scrolling menus, and swiping action to move between different elements. Microsoft is also showing of a demo of new Windows Phone 7 clients for Netflix (above), Twitter, Flixter, OpenTable and Travelocity.
The apps have the same basic functionality as their counterparts for iPhone, Android, and other mobile platforms. But like Seesmic, these new apps all take advantage of Windows Phone 7 UI elements. That makes the Netflix app look almost like the Zune video player for Windows Phone 7, with thumbnail icons along the right side of the Watch Instantly menu and movie genres across the top, allowing you to scroll from category to category.