Curtain Pulled Back For Windows Phone 7 Sneak Peek

Behold! Windows Phone 7. Someone wasn't quite careful enough as he was updating some signage on the MWC show floor and a passerby managed to snap this shot of the WP7 interface, featuring a bold, rectangular icons and Xbox support.

This shot seems to confirm, to some extent, the bit of the last significant batch of rumours that promised tight Xbox integration. It also shows off the simplistic, geometric start page, including big, square icons for phone calls, messages, Twitter, Facebook and a large band for accessing your pictures.

The device in the shot is a simple one: the screen is surrounded by a black bezel with an metal trim. Three hardware (or maybe touch?) buttons below the screen are the only visible controls, with a backwards arrow, a home-button with the Windows icon, and something that looks like a sideways magnifying glass.

Once things start kicking off in a few hours we will have a better look at WP7, as well as a better understanding of how it works and hopefully the first wave of devices on which it'll run, but for now we'll enjoy this exciting first peak at Windows' new bold, simple mobile makeover. [Engadget]

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