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Monday, October 11, 2010

Windows Phone 7 Keynote Now Available for Viewing

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Events" @ 11:44 AM

If you missed the Windows Phone 7 live launch like I did, you can check out the complete event via video.

The Official Windows Phone 7 Press Release

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone News" @ 10:52 AM

"Microsoft and Partners Unveil Windows Phone 7 Global Portfolio First phones available soon from leading mobile operators around the world. Microsoft Corp. today joined its partners in revealing nine new Windows Phone 7 handsets that will be available this holiday season from leading mobile operators in Europe, North America, Asia Pacific and Australia. With more than 60 mobile operators in over 30 countries worldwide committed to bringing Windows Phones to market, the millions of people around the world looking for a phone that plays as hard as it works will have a variety of phones from leading device-makers to choose from."

It feels like we've been waiting an eternity for this, but the time has finally arrived: Windows Phone 7 is officially being released world-wide over the next couple of months. Full release after the break. Read more...

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Windows Phone 7 Launching October 11th in NYC

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Events" @ 01:28 PM

"We've been saying it for weeks now: Microsoft will be launching Windows Phone 7 in New York City on October 11th and while others doubted, it looks to be confirmed by none other than Microsoft. What's even more odd, is that T-Mobile is the featured guest and we bet a certain HTC HD7 will be the star. Guess that rumor we heard about AT&T's exclusivity being only two-weeks may be accurate after all..."

The cat is out of the bag: Windows Phone 7 is officially getting launched on October 11th. And, I'll just come right out and say it, no one from Windows Phone Thoughts got invited to cover the event. Limited capacity at the event and all that jazz - sadly, we're just not considered important in the eyes of Microsoft. How times change...anyway, we've been added to the waiting list, but I don't expect we'll be able to cover it live. However, there will be a Webcast of the event and I'll be doing a write-up as I watch it.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Let Us Now Start Wild Speculation Regarding Launch Date

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Windows Phone News" @ 03:00 PM

"Microsoft UK has announced, via Twitter, a "special event" on October 5th in London for developers in which the company will talk about "Windows Azure, Windows 7 and the soon-to-be-released Windows Phone 7 and IE9". Interestingly Steve Ballmer will introduce the opening keynote for the special event and it will be held in the large International Conference Centre (the G20 was held there last year and Microsoft has used the venue before)."

Want some rampant rumor and speculation to add to your Tuesday? Here's a twitter post that's got some sites a flutter wondering if we're going to hear Fearless Leader Steve B. say something about the launch, or maybe announce the launch, or maybe use the word launch, at this MS Tech Days event. WP7 is about the worst kept secret at this point, with ads coming out and devices given to a select few. So does it really matter when the "launch" announcement comes? What I think we all want to know is "When will I be able to walk down to the store and buy one?!?"

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Windows Phone 7 By LG Launches In September

Posted by Ed Hansberry in "Windows Phone News" @ 07:00 PM

"LG Electronics, one of the official Windows Phone 7 device manufacturers, have officially confirmed that they are going to launch a Windows Phone 7 based mobile phone in September 2010."

Well, there you have it. No word on the carrier yet, but we've seen evidence that AT&T is ready to launch a WP7 device in September. LG's announcement seems to add credence to that date, and it might just be launching on AT&T's network.

If the month is valid, I still find it strange that less than 60 days away, no official launch date has come from Microsoft.

Tags: launch, wp7

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Laptop Thoughts: We're Now Live!

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Thoughts Media Status Updates" @ 01:30 PM

I'm incredibly pleased to announce the latest addition to the Thoughts Media Network: Laptop Thoughts! The site went live this morning, so jump over to check out the welcome message. Please take part in our new community focused on laptops, netbooks, slates, and tablets.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Happy 10th Anniversary Pocket PC!

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 09:35 PM

"Today, exactly 10 years ago, Microsoft announced at an event in New York's Grand Central Station the immediate availability of the Pocket PC - a brand new product which set the cornerstone for today's Windows Phones. Back in 2000, Microsoft President and CEO Steve Ballmer unveiled new Pocket PC designs from hardware partners like Casio, Compaq, Hewlett-Packard and Symbol. More than 60 companies showcased their Pocket PC solutions in the launch Partner Pavilion and executives from TD Waterhouse Investor Services Inc. and SAP AG joined Ballmer on stage to announce how they are using the new Pocket PCs in customer scenarios."

I had a mega-disaster of a day/evening (nothing serious, just the time-suck of things going wrong), so I'm late getting to this, but in my timezone at least, I just made it! ;-) Today is the 10 year anniversary of the Pocket PC, the first version of the devices we have today. Palm-sized PCs had a radically different user interface, so while they count in the general evolution of things, they don't have much in common with the Windows phones as we know them today. My friend and fellow MVP Arne Hess has a great write-up about this historic day ten years ago.

Windows phone 7 isn't here yet, but when it arrives later this year, it will represent a radical departure from Windows Mobile 6.5 devices...truly, the end of an era. For better or worse, Windows phone 7 is the future - and perhaps there's something fitting that it's coming out an even 10 years after the first Pocket PCs were released. 10 years is an eternity for an operating system, especially a mobile operating system, and I'm one of those people that believes Windows Mobile's "Best Before" date was reached around 2008. It's time to move into the future.

To help celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the Pocket PC, and to celebrate the launch/re-launch of Windows Phone Thoughts (yes, I'm late...), later this week I'm going to be giving away a few things I've been making arrangements for over the past couple of months. Nothing earth-shattering, but a device or two are in the mix thanks to HTC and AT&T. Watch for it!

And since this is a post about nostalgia...what was your first Pocket PC? And what did you think of it?

Monday, October 5, 2009

HTC Imagio Drops on Verizon Tomorrow

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 01:00 PM

"Although not a soul alive is shocked by the news, today Verizon Wireless announced it will be releasing the HTC Imagio - its first Windows Mobile 6.5 device - online starting October 6th. The Imagio, known to most by its codename Whitestone, will feature the following key specs: 3.6″ WVGA touchscreen display (resistive, of course), 5 megapixel camera with autofocus, Wi-Fi, EV-DO Rev. A, quad-band EDGE and 2100MHz UMTS/HSDPA for international roaming"

Tomorrow is the big day for those of you cursed with Verizon's fee-loving wireless service. If you want, you can own a HTC Imagio! The 5 MP camera makes for a nice digital camera quick-replacement, and at least with Big V's service you should have coverage in pretty much any rural area you probably don't want to be at in the first place!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Windows Phones Arriving on October 6

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC News" @ 07:20 PM

"In just five weeks, you'll have a bunch of new Windows phones to choose from. But before we show you some of the cool, new phones that will be coming out, I want to explain how we're trying to make phones even better with Windows. When we started work on Windows phones, we met with people all over the world who were likely to buy a smartphone and talked with them about what's important to them in their phone. Looking at the U.S. market, for example, we found that about 15 million people in the next year will buy a new smartphone. Of the people we talked to, 74% listed productivity as the top feature they value in their smartphone. We took this feedback to heart, making the user interface more touch friendly and improving notifications and updates from e-mail, text and calendar items."

The post at The Windows Blog goes on to mention that "most people who carry a Windows phone don't realize it's running Windows Mobile", which is interesting, yet not that all surprising. We're in a time now when the iPhone and Android handsets are dominating headlines, and device manufacturers such as HTC and Samsung work around the clock to develop UIs that mask many of Windows Mobile's less-than-desirable qualities. You would think that Microsoft would do anything to promote its brand, and urge its partners to do the same, so that quoted statement almost comes across as an admission that a lot more needs to be done to increase public awareness of Windows Mobile.

There's now the chance to do just that with Windows Mobile 6.5, starting with a new and improved look (honeycomb haters will disagree), a new name for its devices (all hail the "Windows phones"), and a host of partners (listed below) to kick off the show. Mark October 6 on your calendar, because that's when we'll be able to get our grubby hands on a wide range of Windows phones to suit our varied tastes, needs, price points, and geeky pleasures.

  • North America: (Mobile Operators) AT&T, Bell Mobility, Sprint, TELUS and Verizon Wireless; (Phone Manufacturers) HP, HTC Corp., LG Electronics, Samsung and Toshiba Corp.
  • Europe: (Mobile Operators) Orange, Deutsche Telekom AG and Vodafone Group Plc; (Phone Manufacturers) Acer, HTC, LG Electronics, Samsung, Sony Ericsson and Toshiba
  • Latin America: (Mobile Operators) TIM Brazil; (Phone Manufacturers) HTC, LG Electronics and Samsung
  • Asia Pacific: (Mobile Operators) NTT DOCOMO Inc., SOFTBANK Mobile Corp., SK Telecom, Telstra and WILLCOM Inc.; (Phone Manufacturers) Acer Inc., HTC, LG Electronics, Samsung, Sony Ericsson and Toshiba

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Acer Smartphones Expected on February 16

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC News" @ 07:00 AM

It wasn't long ago that Acer snapped up E-TEN, and now we have confirmation that the first Acer-branded smartphone of 2009 will launch at MWC. Unfortunately, NDAs prevent me from saying much about what's coming, so you'll have to use your imagination this time around. What are you hoping to see from Acer on February 16?

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Coverage of the HTC Event in London

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Events" @ 06:45 AM

A handful of sites were in London today to live-blog the HTC event from start to finish. If you're interested in seeing what went on, head over to Engadget, MoDaCo, and BGR for triple the fun. And in case you missed the big HTC Touch Diamond announcement, click.

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