Scenes from Windows Phone 7 Launch in Europe Australia, and New Zealand

*Consumers line up to be among the first to own new handsets.*

REDMOND, Wash. – Oct. 21, 2010 – The much-awaited launch of Windows Phone 7 has begun, with the first handsets going on sale yesterday in New Zealand, followed shortly in countries throughout Europe and Asia Pacific, including Australia, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Singapore, Spain and the U.K.

In each country consumers lined up to be among the first to own the new devices, which have garnered widespread praise in the industry press. Consumers in the U.S. will be able to purchase Windows Phone 7 devices beginning Nov. 8. In the meantime, a video demo is available showing the new devices in action.

Jourdan Templeton, first person in the world to buy a new Windows Phone 7 device, completing his purchase in New Zealand. Oct. 21, 2010. Image credit: Microsoft

A scene from the Windows Phone 7 launch celebration in Berlin, Germany, Oct. 21, 2010. Image credit: Microsoft

Andrew Willett gets his hands on the first Windows Phone 7 sold in the U.K. at the Orange Shop Oxford Street, London. Oct. 21, 2010. Image credit: Microsoft

Crowds lined up to be the first to purchase a new Windows Phone 7 device in Australia. Oct. 21, 2010. Image credit: Microsoft

Read more about yesterday’s launch in the Windows Phone blog post.

*Source: Microsoft

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