Microsoft's newest mobile phone OS, Windows Phone 7, is so much different from the Pocket PC and Windows Mobile platforms that their apps aren't compatible. However, the incompatibility isn't all bad. Now you'll find newer, fresher, and better overall apps —rivaling those for the iPhone and Android.
Now get your app on!
Productivity and Business
1) Adobe Reader
This lets you open PDF files on your phone. Great for viewing work materials, product literature or manuals, articles, and other documents.
This task manager lets you store, organize, and view your notes, lists, and tasks anywhere with your phone. Best of all, you can create a free account with the Remember the Milk service and then you can sync your information across many other devices and applications, including Outlook, Gmail, and Google Calendar.
Access your PC files anywhere on your phone. Show off your photos and videos, listen to music, or grab files for work or school. Sign up for their service, install the agent program on your PC, and access your stuff on the phone or on the web. You can even setup sharing to give others access.
Studying for a test or exam? Throw out the paper cards and use this app. Test yourself on the preloaded topics or create your own. Problem cards can be tagged so you know where improvement is needed.
Print or fax right from your phone. That way you won't have to bring up the document or site again on your computer. Once you signup for a free account and install the Windows client on your PCs, you'll be able to print via the Internet on your phone. Keep in mind, the free version puts a watermark on certain documents. Faxing requires purchasing credits, around 10 cents a page.
6) Back Burner
Ever wish you could keep up with everything? Well, this app can certainly help. When you see an interesting article or webpage on your computer or phone, add it to your Read It Later account which is synced between all your computers and devices. Then when you have the time, you can bring it back up on your phone or PC.
7) My Merchant
If you use the popular credit card processor, Authorize.Net, you can bill clients and customers right from your phone. Just enter your Authorize.Net settings and you'll have a mobile credit card gateway.
This gives you tools to help manage and grow your business. You can manage your contacts, ideas, notes, projects, sales, and tasks. It can also share and sync the information among multiple devices and people.
Share and collaborate among your team or workgroup. Share ideas, messages, files, and Google Docs. It's like Facebook for work. The best part, the app and the basic service is free.
Fun, Entertainment, and Enjoyment
10) Xbox LIVE Extras
A must-have if you're a regular Xbox player. Customize your 3D Avatar, review your achievements, and socialize with your Xbox LIVE friends. Keep up with what games your friends are playing and how well they're doing.
Bored? Try this simple yet addictive game. Its like those balance ball toys. Use careful motion to move the ball through the maze of obstacles.
If Chess is your game, you got to get this. Play the "computer" or play and chat with other Windows Phone 7 users online. It highlights moves to help improve your game.
Play this classic game with the "computer" or a nearby friend. Play 3x3 or 6x6 games. Always a great game to play when you or your kids are bored.
Tired of your Windows Phone 7 background? Search and pick from these 10,000+ wallpapers spread over 50 categories, from Animals to Valentine's Day. Give your phone a personal look!
15) Silly Soundboard
Lighten the mode or play a prank with a variety of sound bites, including an air horn, clapping, laughing, StarWars, and animal noises. Play just once, multiple times, combine together, and adjust pitch.
Searching and Information
For all you YouTube addicts! This gives you a shortcut to their mobile website where you can browse videos and login to see your favorites and playlists. Even better, it integrates with the Music & Videos hub where you can access your recently played videos and gives you another shortcut to the YouTube site.