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Windows 7 phone in India this year

india Updated: Feb 09, 2011 21:29 IST

Microsoft may launch its much hyped Windows 7 phone in the Indian market tentatively in the later part of this year, a top executive of Microsoft India said on Wednesday.

According to Amit Chatterjee, managing director of Microsoft India (R&D) Pvt Ltd, the Global headquarters have not yet finalised the exact time of launch.

"I don't think they have finalised on the exact launch details. But, I am sure it will come to the market this year," Amit Chatterjee told reporters during his maiden interaction with media after taking over as the MD of the company's largest development centre outside the US.

According to him, the response for the phone was good, wherever it was launched. "It is said nine out of 10 users are recommending the phone to others. The key factor is about the applications. There are about 7,000 applications currently available. There is a developers' community of about 20,000 people all over the world," Chatterjee said.

He said nearly 100 new applications are being added to the applications store every day.

The mobile platform tools team of the Microsoft India development centre has been contributing to development of the Windows 7 phone besides the developers' community, he said.

While HTC has already launched a couple of devices to support the Widows 7 phone, Microsoft is likely join forces with Nokia for exploring the Indian market, he added.

Talking about Microsoft's search engine Bing, he said Microsoft has been developing Bing more as a decision making tool instead of a measly search engine.

"A user will be able to take a decision after using Bing instead of just searching what he wants on the internet," he said.

The Microsoft India development centre here has eight focus areas being handled by about 1,600 employees. The centre has so far participated in 270 patents, Chatterjee said.