The Windows Phone 7 Launch Has Started

This afternoon the very first Windows Phone 7 handsets went on sale in New Zealand with more countries in Europe and Asia Pacific like Australia, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain and the UK joining the mix tomorrow, and dropping here in the U.S. starting on November 8th. This is a very exciting time for us here at Windows Phone HQ and around  the world as we finally put the phones into your hands, and we are really looking forward to hearing what you think.

Congrats to Jourdan Templeton on his purchase of the first Windows Phone 7!

Some of the early reviews of Windows Phone 7 are starting to come in and many have recognized our unique approach to design and integration of key Microsoft services like Bing, Xbox LIVE and Zune are great reasons to consider purchasing a new Windows Phone.

Applications are a key attribute of the smart phone experience. We’re energizing an expansive developer community with new tools and resources to create quality apps that take advantage of Windows Phone’s unique capabilities – giving people a different kind of app experience. Windows Phone 7 apps truly extend the phone’s new design and ability to integrate and organize the things that matter. Hundreds of app and games have posted to Windows Phone Marketplace and Zune over the past few days, on pace to deliver more that 1000 by the time phones become available in the U.S. And that’s just the beginning. We’ll be adding hundreds more each week through 2010.

Now it is up to you! Go purchase a new Windows Phone 7 handset and give us a shout on Twitter or Facebook and subscribe to the Windows Phone podcast for all the latest news and notes. Tell us what you think!

Brian

@brianseitz