Microsoft Previews Windows Phone 7 as Consumer-Enterprise Hybrid

WASHINGTON -- As it gears up for the holiday season, Microsoft is planning to bring to market a bevy of smartphones running its new Windows Phone 7 operating system, which the company says will cater to both the consumer and enterprise markets.

Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) made the final beta version of the mobile development tools for Windows Phone 7 available Tuesday morning, and plans to begin shipping out limited quantities of engineering test phones to select developers on Wednesday, a company executive said this morning here at Microsoft's annual