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Essential first applications for Windows Phone 7

16 (mostly free) starter apps

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Buy your Windows Phone 7 handset on Monday, November 8 and start sorting through the phone's Marketplace hub for more than 1,000 initial games and apps. In alphabetical order here's what stood out for us in usefulness, innovation and in exploiting the unique qualities of Microsoft's innovative mobile user interface.


Mental Paper

This is one app that really needs to be seen, and tried out: the developer bills this as the "thinking man's note pad," a freeform notetaking user interface, with rudimentary copy/paste [take that, Microsoft!]. You can start typing anywhere on a Mental Paper "page" and build lists, tables, check lists, trees and other formats. It seems to let you type thoughts almost randomly, keeps them separate and lets you expand them by adding a checkbox, or other feature to further unpack the idea.

  • Adobe Reader
  • AuthAnvil Softokens
  • Congress
  • eBay
  • Fast Message
  • Flickr Manager
  • GoVoice
  • Group Text
  • Loopt
  • Mental Paper
  • Netflix
  • PC Connector
  • Shazam
  • Twitter
  • YouTube
  • WeatherBug



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