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Monday, September 12, 2011

Microsoft's Learning

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone News" @ 07:00 PM

If you're one of the few who've actually picked up a Windows Phone 7 unit (hey, if you're reading this, you must be!), then you'll know that the buying experience leaves a lot to be desired. Despite Microsoft's spending on topline marketing, getting info (and working units) at retail isn't exactly easy. There's little in the way of support at ground level, except what little the handset manufacturers are willing to put up. For example, even here in Malaysia, I see plenty of ads on the Samsung's Galaxy II and HTC's burgeoning line of Android devices, but few for the Focus or the HD7. The carriers here aren't exactly pushing WP7 either - it's mainly the iPhone4 or Android. That may change soon, as Microsoft's strategy has changed - they're going to concentrate more on sales level training if this article from the Boy Genius Report is to be believed. Not before time, with Mango round the corner.

Windows Phone 7: Making Solid Progress

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 01:30 PM

"Market share numbers are important, but so is momentum. Momentum is the feeling of forward-progress; it's what creates excitement, draws anticipation, and makes people become true fanatics towards a given product. Momentum is the critical "X factor" that any new product needs to succeed. Windows Phone 7 has this momentum."

If you read smartphone-focused sites like, you will probably be familiar with the name Brandon Miniman. As Editor-in-Chief he has a wealth of experience in the industry and I find his commentary interesting. His recent editorial on the state of Windows Phone 7 suggests that Microsoft is well on-track for success in this highly competitive marketplace. He analyses four aspects of the product's play in the market: the overall product experience, support from OEMs, competitive positioning, and Microsoft's financial wherewithal. I agree, for the most part, with his analysis. I think the new WP7 offerings from HTC (the Titan and Radar), for example, will help interest consumers in switching to the platform. Hit the Read link to read his editorial, then drop back here and let us know your thoughts on Microsoft's potential future success.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

We're All The Same...Except Maybe The Japanese

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Other Windows Phones" @ 06:30 PM

I actually didn't find this as funny as many people did...maybe it's cultural affinity. But even in my eyes, this ad (infomercial?) for the new Mango-equipped Fujitsu IS12T is more than a little strange and amusing (especially the last ten seconds or so). But there are some nice touches - the Japanese keyboard looks awesome, and note the Metro-UI-esque prop background (with little toy dogs no less).

HTC Radar and HTC Titan Videos

Posted by Jason Dunn in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 11:42 AM

Some video goodness for you. The first two videos in particular look great in full screen, 1080p, with your speakers turned up. :-)

Thursday, September 1, 2011

An Explanation Of How Twitter Integration Works In Mango

Posted by Richard Chao in "Windows Phone Software" @ 10:41 PM

"As an active Twitter user on the Windows Phone team, I was excited when I first learned that Twitter integration was coming to our phone. But I admit I was also skeptical. We've had great Facebook integration for a while now, but Twitter is a different animal. And not just on the surface-the way that you communicate on Twitter is fundamentally different from Facebook."

The Windows Team has posted a great explanation about how Twitter integration works in Mango on their blog. Andy Myers also explains why he feels the new ME tile is now one of the most useful tiles you can have on your home screen. It's an interesting read and shows what is possible with the new Twitter integration. Especially if you are a heavy tweeter.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Windows Phone 7.5 "Mango" - First Phone Available

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 04:00 AM

"Microsoft has just dropped us a line to note that Fujitsu and KDDI au have released the IS12T in Japan, becoming the first Windows Phone 7.5 (codenamed "Mango") handset to hit retail anywhere in the world."

Finally, the wait is over. The first official release of a Windows Phone with Mango on it is now available. It is a Fujitsu phone, the IS12T, and is being offered by KDDI au in Japan. There are a number of significant enhancements in the new Windows Phone 7.5 software release, and developers will be releasing apps to take advantage of the new features in the days and weeks ahead. This is becoming a very interesting time for the Windows Phone platform, with potential patent battles looming in the Android world, and with the continuing development of the Microsoft-Nokia partnership. The Read link has additional information about the release.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Microsoft New Zealand Confirms Front Facing Cameras For Mango Devices

Posted by Richard Chao in "Windows Phone News" @ 06:01 PM

"At Microsoft Tech Ed in New Zealand Microsoft has finally confirmed that front facing cameras (as well as support for them) is officially coming with the Mango update which is due to hit soon."

Finally, front facing cameras are confirmed for Mango devices. Of course this should come as no surprise especially considering Microsoft's acquisition of Skype and tighter Messenger integration. But it is always nice to get confirmation.

Monday, August 15, 2011

HD7 With Early Build of Windows Phone "Tango" for Sale on Facebook: Update - Pulled

Posted by Darren Blade in "Windows Phone Software" @ 07:00 AM

"Interestingly, the other day we saw what was thought to be the first screenshot of Windows Phone "Tango", the next iteration of the OS coming after "Mango". Starting with build 8200 and higher, "Tango" is still a bit of a mystery, seeing as "Mango" hasn't even rolled out yet. Yesterday we saw mention of it as a low-cost option for Microsoft."

Well this was short-lived! No sooner than the news hit it has been pulled. If you are the sort to dance on the edge, you will have to wait a little bit longer before taking "Tango" for a spin. In the meantime, enjoy the refreshing Mango when it lands. The countdown has already begun, and Mango is just around the corner.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Update: Tip on Installing Mango 7720

Posted by Richard Chao in "Windows Phone Software" @ 11:00 PM

"8th In the directory "NoDoToRC" the file "ISV_Provisioning_Live.exe" run as admin (right click, ...) ... 19th In the directory "c: RCToRTM" and change (if still connected phone) the file "ISVTo7720.bat" run as admin (see above)."

If you are attempting to install Mango build 7720 on your phone and get an errors on step 8 while trying to install "NoDoToRC" the file "ISV_Provisioning_Live.exe," try it without right clicking and running as administrator. Simply double click it and let it run. The same goes for step 19 (ISVTo7720.bat).

Tags: software, tip, rtm, mango, 7720

Windows Phone Radio Give Examples Of Usefulness Of Voice To Text Feature

Posted by Richard Chao in "Windows Phone News" @ 10:10 PM

"We have a great show for you this week, welcoming Bill Pardi to the studio to talk about the voice to text features in Mango."

If you aren't sold on Mango yet, you will be after listing to Windows Phone Radio episode 38. Matt Akers, Mike Stroh and guest Bill Pardi give a few examples of the usefulness of the Voice to Text feature in Mango. The most impressive example given is how the phone handles text messages while over a bluetooth connection. The Voice to Text feature talk starts at about 3:45 (WPR-38).

Thursday, August 11, 2011

More Emoticons Coming in Mango

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone News" @ 09:00 PM

This may seem like a silly thing to get excited about, but I actually quite like having the one-tap access to various emoticons on current Windows Phone 7 devices. I tend to be one of those "emoticon" people, and having access to more of them will be great. I do wonder though how good they'll translate across other devices. Some of the emoticons above look like Wingding font icons, so I wonder if many of these will only work in a Mango to Mango phone scenario.

Mango Countdown Begins

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Software" @ 06:30 PM

"Microsoft has narrowed down the date when it starts rolling out Windows Phone 7​'s Mango update, contacts slipped on Thursday. Both an upgrade for existing owners as well as new phones are poised to be available as soon as September 1."

That's quite a bit sooner than I expected - and it's really to Microsoft's credit that they're moving with such urgency. not long to go now people - September 1 is barely two weeks away (and change). Woot!

Windows Phone Mango - A Teenager's Perspective

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 05:30 PM

"My hands-on with the Windows Phone Mango preview went live in June and since then I have had many readers ask if one of my teen daughters could check out Mango and write up some thoughts. Mal has been using my older Windows Mobile devices for a couple years and after spending about 10 days with a Samsung Focus loaded up with an early preview of Mango she can't wait to get her own Mango phone and finds this to be the most exciting device she has checked out yet."

Matthew Miller over at ZDNet had a neat idea to lend his evaluation Samsung Focus to his teenage daughter and let her give it a workout. She considered the hardware, software, and overall usability. Clearly, she was very impressed with this phone and the Mango release. The teen market is an important one, and their use of smartphone devices is somewhat unique as compared to other market segments such as professional workers. It's interesting to read that she would really like to have a Windows Phone 7 device. Is she truly represents a typical teen's opinion, then after last year's debacle with Microsoft Kin, that's great news for Microsoft.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Speech on Mango

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Software" @ 09:00 AM

Oh me, oh my. Some of the speech stuff coming with Mango makes the wait for it even harder. Apart from the stuff demoed in the video, the integration with WP7 probably goes deeper than any other smartphone on the market. I can't wait to try these out.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Is Nokia Outing Its First WP7 Device On August 17th?

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 05:30 PM

"This is very exciting news (if you're like me where you simply can't wait to have a potential uni-body Windows Phone handset) surrounding Gamescon, which is to be held at Cologne, Germany this month. It seems Nokia has some exciting news with actions and surprises that will make the 17th of August an evening to remember."

There are lots of people anticipating the release of the first WP7 device from Nokia, and it looks like we might actually have a date to focus on. It seems that date might be August 17th, just two weeks away. The purported evidence for this is hinted at by the raffle notice in the bottom left-hand corner of the announcement. We'll know for sure in a fortnight, but I bet the speculation will heighten now as things seem to be starting to happen for the new Microsoft-Nokia partnership.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Behind The Scenes: Navigation In Mango

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Software" @ 11:00 PM

"Today I want to provide an insider look at some of the navigation improvements in our next release-including ones related to multitasking. As program manager for these features in Mango, it was my team's job to help you move more easily around the phone, preferably without thinking much about how you got there."

There's nothing new here to add to our knowledge of Mango, but this blog post does flesh out some of the details and the thinking that went into the changes. Comments? Agree/Disagree/I'm moving to Android?

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Tips To Get Facebook Chat Working On Mango

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 05:30 PM

"The messaging client on the Windows Phone 7.5 Mango update includes now Group Text and Facebook Chat besides the regular normal SMS/text messaging. Soon Twitter messaging will be integrated as well. However there are many people who can't get the Facebook chat to work using the turn on switch in the settings option even though their Facebook is set up as an account in the settings. I will explain here how you can make it work for you."

If you have the Windows Phone Mango update running on your device and have had trouble getting Facebook Chat to work properly, then this step-by-step procedure on the MobilityMinded website may help you resolve any issues. The eight steps are well explained with screen captures.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Woo Hoo: Mango Out For Developers!

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 03:30 PM

"Brandon Watson has announced on his Twitter account that Mango for developers is now out, it was previously expected that the release would occur tomorrow. This is good news for not only developers but consumers in general. With developers now getting their hands on the new platform, it is one step closer to being released to the consumer. Also, with developers getting a head start, applications that can utilize the new features should be plentiful in the marketplace when consumers do finally get their hands on the update."

OK. This is what we've been waiting for. Mango has been released to developers. That means we are ever closer to the release of the upgrade for consumers. Note to developers: get going, we can't wait to see what you come up with! Download details at the Read link.

Mango Offers Spiffy New Games Hub And Other New Features

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 02:00 PM

"Finally, the Games Hub in Mango now comes with many of the features previously found in the popular Xbox LIVE Extras app, such as 3D avatars with fun animations, a new Collection view, and more. Here's a rundown of the changes."

If you are into smartphone gaming I'm sure the Mango updates of the Games Hub will be of great interest to you. Over at the Windows Phone Blog website Shirlene Lim has written a post over-viewing the changes. Amongst the improvements are overall speed and performance, a spruced up look and feel, 3D avatars, Collection view, and more. The Read link has the full details and more screen shots. Just be warned, you may become antsy waiting for the Mango update as you learn more about this upcoming update.

Ringtones Under Mango: All You Could Want

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Software" @ 12:00 AM

"If there’s one request we’ve heard over and over since launching Windows Phone last year, it’s this: More ringtones, please! I’m the program manager for the “sound experience” on the phone—everything from ringtones and alarms to alerts and key clicks. Today I wanted to take a minute to tell you about the ringtone-related changes in store for Mango, the next version of Windows Phone arriving this fall."

The ability to personalise your phones has been one of the constants in the smartphone battles of the past decade, and the way your phone sounds has been on of the key ingredients of that effort. You could argue that Microsoft should have had custom ringtones higher on the priority list - heck, one of the first homebrew apps for WP7 was a custom ringtone loader. As late as it is, under Mango it looks like the Windows Phone team have thought this one through and added a bit more than just having the ability to load custom ringtones (and giving carriers another potential income stream).

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