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Friday, May 28, 2010

Ballmer: Windows Phone 7 devices by Christmas?

Posted by Pete Paxton in "Windows Phone News" @ 07:00 AM

"We suppose this isn't really news if they do "deliver" by Christmas, after all that is still the Holiday season. But we can't help but wish it was more October-ish? And to throw in a zinger, he also reportedly said this: 'One of our competitors seems a little confused, has come out with two operating systems that I cannot tell the difference between.' Ahem, not sure if he should be throwing stones on such a day as this one, but okay."

Hmm, could it really be that we have to wait until December? Windows Phone 7 needs to be out now. Seven more months is a very long time. I'm sure there are going to be several Android additions by then and of course Apple has their new OS and device in about a month. We're probably going to see many tablet style computers before 2010 is over (none from MS of course). It just seems like Microsoft has jumped on the back of a turtle and doesn't seem to realize the urgency to get something out soon. Do you agree with me? Can Microsoft afford to wait another seven months?

DevDays2010: Charlie Kindel Interview

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 01:00 AM

"Charlie Kindel, Partner Group Program Manager for the Windows Phone Application Platform & Developer Experience, is one of the "heavy weight" speakers on the DevDays. Despite his busy schedule and involvement in various interesting sessions, I was both fortunate and honored to have a 30 minute one-on-one semi-structured interview with him, discussing various aspects of Windows Phone 7 (development)"

Dutch site MobilityMinded talks to Charlie about developing for Windows Phone 7 - you're not going to find anything earth shatteringly original or new here, but worth a quick read.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Samsung WP7 Prototype

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Samsung Windows Phones" @ 01:00 AM

Almost nothing's known of the prototype apart from the fact that all the hardware works, XBOX Live ports can be done fairly easily, and it's running on a Snapdragon processor (the chassis is the year-old Samsung i8910, a Symbian device). The device was demoed at MIX, so this news is a couple of months old but it's still nice to see Samsung appears to remain committed to the Windows Phone platform, and we should see something from them in six months time. Meantime enjoy the video (there's another at Engadget).

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Demo of WP7 App: Ahead Project Manager

Posted by Eriq Cook in "Windows Phone Software" @ 09:48 PM

"Following the minimal-design principles laid about by the Metro UI, Ahead is not flashy but does enable quick access to basic project management sections including: tasks, time tracking, projects, accounts (funding), clients and setting."

It's great to already see a few apps that'll be available for Windows Phone 7. While you may not throw up your hands up and scream "yeah!" out of excitement, Ahead Project Manager is one of those apps that may prove to be very useful if you're into managing projects on-the-go.

As WMExperts noted, the interface appears very polished for an early build of the app, but I have to wonder if it works with any desktop PM software at all, or if you're limited to using from your WM7 device only. At this stage it appears not, but we'll know for sure soon.

Do you currently manage projects from a smartphone? And/or would you consider checking this out? Tell us what you think.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Deep Dive Into Windows Phone 7

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

Multi-tasking? Graphics support? File system? Updates? You need a what!? to log in? Engadget has the answers - or some of them at least. The architectural documents for WP7 are available via HTCpedia, and if you're curious and patient enough to wade through a couple of hundred pages of techno-speak you can get a pretty good idea of how WP7 ticks. Engadget has summarised the highlights (and lowlights) of the documentation in case you don't, and while there are few surprises, it's still worth a read. Let us know what you think!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Seesmic Shows Off A Pretty Windows Phone 7 Twitter Client... 2 Months Ago

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Windows Phone Software" @ 07:00 PM

"The company just announced a Silverlight-based plug-in platform and SDK at MIX, too, and Seesmic (Seesmic) for Windows Phone will support that. So, as you can see below, Bing Maps integration is included, and more creative ideas from third-parties will be possible, too. Seesmic has already released apps for BlackBerry (BlackBerry Rocks!) and Google (Google) Android (Android) smartphones, but not for Apple's iPhone (iPhone). The Windows Phone version appears basic in terms of features, with the exception of the Silverlight plug-in support. However, it does look gorgeous, and it fits in well with Windows Phone 7's style and aesthetics."

So here's a weird one. The Mashable post that I got the above shots from went live March 15, during the MiX madness. We posted that Seesmic had put a few things out there at that time, but never explicitly covered this client - and apparently no one else did either. Now that it's a slow news day, some have dug up Mashable's post and are treating it as if it's new. Maybe I'm missing something, but it looks like old (albeit interesting & cool) news just now surfacing. Better late than never!

Hands-on With Windows Phone 7 and LG Panther

Posted by Jason Dunn in "LG Windows Phones" @ 02:53 PM

"Microsoft demoed the latest build of its Windows Phone 7 operating software today, on a prototype LG Panther handset (previously unveiled back in February) which is currently being used by a senior company executive. For all intents and purposes, it was working very smoothly, and gave an excellent glimpse at the potential of the new OS as many of the major features were up and running."

As we move closer to the launch date of Windows phone 7 - which is still probably five months away at best - we'll see more from the companies making the phones. I think Microsoft and their partners realize they can't have quite the same level of "We won't show you anything until it ships" - they know they need to maintain excitement about their new platform. The LG Panther looks like a nice device - but I'm still more excited about that Dell Lightning...

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Skype for Windows Phone 7 Isn't Coming

Posted by Darius Wey in "Windows Phone Software" @ 03:15 AM

"Speaking an event in Sydney Dan Neary Asia Pacific Vice President for Skype was hesitant to explain why no development was taking place for the new Windows Mobile offering, however he did say that the VOIP communication Company was developing new offerings for the iPhone, iPad and Android based phones."

Back in March, we reported that Skype had killed the availability of Skype for Windows Mobile as a result of what the company perceived to be fragmentation across the Windows Mobile platform. Considering Microsoft is focused on reducing fragmentation in Windows Phone 7, we were hopeful that Skype would consider bringing its popular VoIP product back to the platform, but that idea now appears dead in the water. What's interesting is that the company is now reluctant to provide a reason. In the meantime, it's planning to roll out new versions of Skype for iPhone, iPad, and Android, and as you know, these are all platforms that consumers are currently going gaga for. With that in mind, we're guessing the real reason why Skype has abandoned Windows Phone 7 development is that it simply doesn't see much potential in it. And only time will tell whether it's spot on about that.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Windows Phone 7 Screenshots

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone News" @ 04:00 AM

"This week, a ROM image of a near-final (RC1 escrow) version of Windows Phone 7 leaked online, providing us with a near-final look at Microsoft's next smart phone operating system. (It's an unlocked version of the April CTP, for those who are curious.) If you've been following along on my Windows 7 Secrets blog, you know that I've been using these unlocked ROMs in tandem with Microsoft's freely-available Windows Phone developer tools to examine the company's progress using a software emulator. But since this is a near-final build, I thought it would be worth a closer look."

It's getting closer and closer, and looking good. Paul Thurrott a his Supersite for Windows has a big gallery of screenshots of a close-to-final build of WP7. While he couldn't get some of the functionality (social media integration for one) to work through the WP7 emulator, there's a pretty comprehensive walkthrough of screens you can expect when WP7 hits RTM. I don't think there have been many changes as far as the look of WP7 is concerned since the launch, you might spot something I've missed. Have a look and let us know what you think!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Microsoft Refreshes Windows Phone Developer Training Kit

Posted by Darius Wey in "Windows Phone Developer" @ 10:48 PM

"As part of our efforts to help developers jumpstart development of Windows Phone applications and games, yesterday (5/4/2010) we released a refresh of the Windows Phone Training Kit on Channel 9. You can download a local copy of the training kit, or you can go to the online version on Channel 9. This release includes Windows Phone MIX10 videos as well as one new lab. Due to the limited nature of this release, which focused on getting the tools to work with VS2010 RTM, we managed to introduce only one new lab - Using Push Notifications. This lab features an end-2-end scenario for a simple weather application that register to receive Push Notifications as well as a WPF client application that mimics the 3rd party backend server."

Now that Microsoft has refreshed the Windows Phone Developer Tools for the official release of Visual Studio 2010, what better way to boost your Windows Phone development efforts than with a refresh of the Windows Phone Developer Training Kit. It includes videos from MIX10, a new lab, and all of the other goodies from the previous release of the kit. Happy developing!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

What are Push Notifications in Windows Phone 7?

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Windows Phone Developer" @ 07:30 AM

"To better understand PN, we need to remember that the end user experience is the first and foremost characteristic of Windows Phone (WP) design. A positive end-user experience is the number one WP design goal. This tenet has major implications for how WP works, not just in terms of its new UI and the interaction model it drives, but also with the application platform (the API for developers). Push notification is one obvious mechanism to ensure a coherent and deterministic end user behavior that allows you to communicate with the end user even when your phone application is not running on the phone."

If you're wondering how exactly Push Notifications (PN) work in Windows Phone 7 compared to previous versions of the OS, this blog post should be enlightening. And in the end you'll be clear on the difference between a Tile Notification and a Toast Notification!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Rainy Sunday? Play with the Windows 7 Emulator CTP

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Windows Phone Developer" @ 11:00 PM

"Beginning today you can download the Windows Phone Developer Tools CTP Refresh (WPDT CTP) from, which means you can now build Windows Phone 7 apps on the final release of Visual Studio 2010 (VS2010). While this update is primarily intended to enable development using the final release of VS2010 there are a few new things here too."

If it's raining on your Sunday, you may want to use the extra time to check out the CTP Refresh of the Windows Phone Developer tools, especially the new Windows Phone 7 OS image for the emulator. After all, it's already been unlocked which gives you a peek at the newest versions of Office and other parts of the OS. Not a bad weekend day spent for developers and aficionados alike.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The Dell Lightning: One Hot Windows Phone 7 Device!

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Other Windows Phones" @ 04:39 PM

We knew that Dell was one of the Windows Phone 7 launch partners, but I wasn't expecting something like this from them - to be honest, I didn't know what I was expecting - but the Lightning looks awesome! I'm digging that keyboard if the device thickness is kept under control. I generally adore my HD2, but the on screen keyboard sucks. It really, really sucks. Until someone can come up with a software keyboard as good as what Apple has on the iPhone, I really want to have a hardware keyboard on my next phone.

Engadget has a few slides from a leaked PowerPoint deck, but the basic rundown is a 1 Ghz Snapdragon processor (the QSD8250), a 4.1 inch OLED screen at WVGA (800 x 480), AT&T and T-Mobile 3G support (in the same model? Maybe two models?), a five megapixel autofocus camera (I think I see a flash there too), 1 GB of Flash memory with 512 MB RAM, and 8 GB of storage on an attached-to-the-motherboard microSD card (presumably). It also has a GPS, accelerometer, compass, FM radio, and apparently...full Flash support. Flash support? Really? Hrm. Not sure if I buy that - Microsoft has been pretty up-front about the lack of Flash support at launch. Q4 is the release date, so no surprises there. The surprise? Apparently it's going to get an upgrade to LTE in Q4 of 2011. An OEM willing to offer a significant device upgrade a year after it comes out? Times have changed folks - and that's a good thing. Hop on over to Engadget to check out the device.

So you Windows phone 7 haters - still planning on staying away? ;-)

Leaked Windows Phone 7 Docs Describe Updates, Customization

Posted by Pete Paxton in "Windows Phone News" @ 07:00 AM

"The documents reinforce our understanding of Windows Phone 7 as a revamped approach, though there are still obvious traces of Windows Mobile. Microsoft wants to control both the hardware and apps as much as it possibly can without actually taking away the role of its partners. Thus, it is trying to restrict the influence of providers, manufacturers, and users so that the overall experience is improved. We'll be watching closely for changes and additions in later revisions of the architecture's specifications."

The more I read about Windows Phone 7, the more nervous I get. I want it to work and be huge. I'd love to see Microsoft get back in the mobile device game in a big way. I just hope they can. With the Iphone being so big and a new OS and possibly a new Iphone coming, I just feel that Windows Phone 7 seems like a long way off. Things are sounding good though. The Snapdragon processor will be fast and the resolution sounds great. Thank goodness MS is taking over the update feature instead of waiting for the providers. And hopefully Direct 3D 11 will provide enough graphics juice to be impressive. What do you all think? Are these features going to be in time or will people be looking past Windows Phone 7 and on to the next best thing when this fall arrives?

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Yours Truly Chats with Ian Dixon on The Media Center Show

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 01:30 PM

A week or two ago, I spent an hour chatting with Ian Dixon from The Media Center Show, and today he's published the podcast. I really enjoy being a guest on a podcast because expressing myself - hopefully intelligibly - is something I enjoy, but I don't particularly want to tackle the work involved in producing a regular podcast. If you have a podcast, and you'd like to have me on as a guest to discuss, well, pretty much anything, drop me a line.

In this episode, Ian and I talk about the Zune HD, Windows phone 7, and the way these two products intersect - as well as my prediction that 2010 is going to be a great year for Microsoft because all of their different assets (Xbox, Zune, mobile, Live) will finally come together the right way.

Have a listen and tell me what you think!

Monday, April 5, 2010

BusinessWeek: Is Windows Phone Making A Comeback?

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 08:00 AM

"Developers' interest in Microsoft's Windows Phone software for smartphone has risen sharply, since the Redmond giant introduced a new version of the mobile operating system on Feb. 15, according to new survey data from Appcelerator, which offers tools that help programmers create apps. Between January and March, developers' interest in creating games, calendars and other applications for Windows Phone has nearly tripled from 13% to 34%, according to Appcelerator's survey of more than 1,000 developers that was released on March 31. Another major gainer: the BlackBerry, which has seen a doubling of developer interest in the same period, to 43%."

Late last week, as the world preparred itself for the April Fools onslaught, BusinessWeek published a column speculating that Windows Phone has turned itself around and may be making a comeback. Obviously this isn't news to us, however it does mean that mainstream has started to see it as a serious contender (rather than a joke). What do you think - in a year will we be buzzing about Windows while recalling the decline of the iPhone and the odd blip that was Android?

Friday, April 2, 2010

Microsoft Drops "Series" from Windows phone 7 Product Name

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 11:01 AM

And there you have it - with a simple tweet, Microsoft has come to the belated realization that Windows phone 7 Series was a needlessly complicated name, and now the product's official name is Windows phone 7. The thing is, since launch day pretty much every online article I've read has referred to the product as Windows phone 7. Most of us realized that the word "Series" was superfluous and didn't use it; at least now it's official.

Windows phone 7 Developer Q&A: Amit Regev, SBSH Mobile Software

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Developer" @ 07:00 AM

In our ongoing series of Windows phone 7-focused developer articles, this is part three (here's part two), with Amit Regev, SBSH Software Founder.

WPT: Looking at what Microsoft has announced at MIX10, what's your general impression of their development platform for Windows phone 7?

SBSH: We've only recently received access to the development tools and we are still learning the possibilities of the new development platform, so I still can't give a determined answer for this. Nevertheless, it is good to see that Windows Phone development is moving to new development tools, such that will help us develop things much faster, focus more on the apps core and less time on UI elements. Read more...

Thursday, April 1, 2010

[APRIL FOOLS] Apple's Upcoming iPhone OS 4.0 Update to Include Support for Virtual Windows Phone 7 Series

Posted by Eriq Cook in "Windows Phone News" @ 10:56 AM

In unprecedented news, Apple has announced a new virtual app allowing users to seamlessly run the iPhone OS and the upcoming Windows Phone 7 Series side-by-side (without soft-resetting)! Details are still surfacing, but no official word yet on how copy and paste will work between the two UI's, but I'm sure there will be an app for that. The virtualization app will cost $89 and require a WP7S license key. We'll keep you posted over the coming days as soon as we get more info!

[APRIL FOOLS] Microsoft Announces Classic Mode for Windows Phone 7 Series

Posted by Darius Wey in "Windows Phone Software" @ 02:00 AM

Die-hard Pocket PC fans, rejoice! Microsoft has just announced that come launch day, all Windows Phone 7 Series devices will be able to download Classic Mode from the Windows Phone Marketplace, an app that will allow you to run older apps designed for Windows Mobile 6.5.3 and earlier. The company has stated that it's primarily a virtualization layer, much like what the Windows XP Mode and Virtual PC combo is on Windows 7. So, if you've been lamenting the thought of your favourite app not making it on to Windows Phone 7 Series, lament no longer!

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