The Essential Windows Phone 7 Launch Apps

The Windows Phone 7 section of the Zune Marketplace looks a bit like a barren wasteland at the moment, but there'll be worthy apps aplenty ready for next month's launch. Here are your first priority downloads.

There are still more apps to be announced before launch, and obviously the huge ramp-up will continue as the devices gain popularity. But as of right now, this is your must-have list. Not surprisingly - given the Xbox Live connection - it's relatively game-heavy.

Games

Bye Bye Brain

You might be tired of tower defence games by this point. Don't be. Because as you can see, this one's 3D animations and perspective-shifting use of accelerometer make it a must-try.

Fruit Ninja One of our favourites for the iPhone and iPad will be on WP7 at launch, so limber up those fingers for some pineapple-slicing action.

The Harvest

It's a cool-looking, graphics-intensive RPG Microsoft's got on its hands. But more importantly, it's an exclusive cool-looking, graphics-intensive RPG. Meaning your only chance to slay this particular alien horde is on WP7.

Sims 3: EA played coy for a while when it came to WP7 development, but thank goodness they're along for the ride - and bringing the venerable Sims franchise with them.

Three Zombie Games: What can I say? I'm a sucker for all things BRAAAIIIIIINNNNNNNSSSSSSS. And between Zombie Attack!, Zombies!!!! and Age of Zombies, it looks like I should be getting my fill.

Social

Twitter

We were a little worried about Twitter when it didn't show up on our WP7 in-depth look in July, but it'll be there on November 8, complete with the ability to locate nearby tweets with GPS and the ability to poke around without signing in to a Twitter account.

Reference

IMDb

Want to know why Windows Phone 7 has a real shot? Look no further than the WP7 IMDb treatment. Matt's assessment - that it's "holy crap nice-lookin'" - gets a strong second from me.

Transactions

eBay

Microsoft's been stressing that what they lack in quantity of apps they'll make up for in quality. That's good news for auction fanatics, who are going to be treated to a very slick-looking interface that lets you search, bid and buy from your device.

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