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Monday, February 15, 2010

Windows Phone 7 Series Hands-On Demo Videos

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Software" @ 11:00 AM

Here's a round-up of a few videos from some of the lucky buggers people who are getting hands-on experience with Windows phone 7 today. Check 'em out!


Windows Phone Live Keynote with Steve Ballmer and Joe Belfiore

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Events" @ 08:23 AM

As I watched the Windows phone live keynote, I figured I'd take some notes to share with Windows Phone Thoughts readers. Enjoy!

  • Everything is based around Live Tiles
  • All devices will be capacitive touch with "big, beautiful screens"
  • The device will know the people you care about and what they're doing
  • It has a slide-up lock screen just like the Zune HD
  • Works with "Hotmail, Yahoo Mail, and other mail services"
  • If you want to remove someone from your home screen, you "broken heart" them - just like on the Zune - and it removes the tile. Cool...and somehow appropriate.
  • The calender provides multiple views - everything you've expected from previous phones. They seem to support some sort of merged or multiple calenders. They showed personal and work items - I hope they allow for multiple Exchange calendars. I want to finally be able to see my wife's Exchange calendar...
  • Super fast UI performance - this is crazy. The device has video out - I suspect all Windows phones will have video out as part of the base spec. Read more...


Engadget Reports on Their Hands-On Experience with Windows Phone 7

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Software" @ 07:39 AM

http://www.engadget.com/2010/02/15/...nd-impressions/

"Forget everything you know about Windows Mobile. Seriously, throw the whole OS concept in a garbage bin or incinerator or something. Microsoft has done what would have been unthinkable for the company just a few years ago: started from scratch. At least, that's how things look (and feel) with Windows Phone 7 Series. This really is a completely new OS -- and not just Microsoft's new OS, it's a new smartphone OS, like webOS new, like iPhone OS new."

The guys at Engadget had a chance to get their hands on a Windows phone 7 device before this craziness started this morning, and it's worth a read. There is no Windows Mobile - there is only Windows phone. Forget what you thought you knew about what this product was going to be...


Windows Phone 7 Series Official Site Launched

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Software" @ 07:28 AM

http://www.windowsphone7series.com/

Want to dive into what Windows phone 7 is all about? Then check out the official site!


Microsoft Officially Announces Windows Phone 7 Series

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

"Today at Mobile World Congress 2010, Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer unveiled the next generation of Windows® Phones, Windows Phone 7 Series. With this new platform, Microsoft offers a fresh approach to phone software, distinguished by smart design and truly integrated experiences that bring to the surface the content people care about from the Web and applications. For the first time ever, Microsoft will bring together Xbox LIVE games and the Zune music and video experience on a mobile phone, exclusively on Windows Phone 7 Series. Partners have already started building phones; customers will be able to purchase the first phones in stores by holiday 2010."

It's here. It's finally, really, truly here: Windows Phone 7. To say that this has been a long time coming would be a severe understatement. In fact, it's been such a long time coming that I'm unsure of how to even frame my feelings about it finally being announced. It was 2004 when I first saw conceptual screen shots for what was then code-named "Photon". Year after year, MVP Summit after MVP Summit, and Mobius event after Mobius event, I was shown screen shots, Flash demos, and even live code running on devices, of a truly next-generation user interface and operating system. This operating system was supposed to be fast, fluid, finger-friendly, and have features that nothing else on the market had at the time. It was originally supposed to be released in 2006 - and here we are, four years later, and it's only finally coming to fruition and won't be on devices until the end of the year.

The question of "What took so long?" is a complex one that I'm ill-qualified to answer in a post such as this. Looking back over the years, I think it comes down to one thing: leadership. Microsoft is full of smart people, but unless those smart people are led in the proper fashion, things aren't going to get done. I believe Microsoft had a great vision for mobile devices from 1997 to 2003, when their operating system evolved rapidly from the very first greyscale HPC's (Windows CE and a Velo 1 was a great combo back then) to powerful Pocket PCs. They seemed to have a vision for moving forward with innovation...then something happened.

At the time, the overall market was nascent, and more focused on PDAs that mobile phones. Microsoft had Palm in their sights for years, and made massive progress against Palm in the market. The market, however, shifted to mobile phones, and competitors such as RIM, Nokia, and Apple got to market with compelling products while Microsoft floundered, seemingly unable to move forward with anything competitive. Windows Mobile certainly has some great advantages - the chief among them being choice of hardware designs and the flexibility of the operating systems - but over the past few years those have become disadvantages as the platform fragmented and lost momentum. Will Windows Phone 7 herald a return to the glory days, or will it be Microsoft's last attempt at a mobile operating system? Only time will tell. Read more...


Saturday, February 13, 2010

Windows Phone 7 Series the Official Name?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone News" @ 10:51 AM

http://www.engadget.com/2010/02/13/...thats-the-name/

"So we were just casually strolling through Plaça d'Espanya today in front of Fira de Barcelona -- better known as the site of MWC 2010 this coming week -- and we couldn't help but notice that Microsoft's digs at the Hotel Catalonia across the street had white stickers obviously covering something important underneath the Windows Phone logo that we'd seen a few days ago. The ensuing conversation went something like this..."

What can I say...those Engadget guys are hacking the world! Huge kudos to them for the creativity required to hack a sticker with Photoshop. Simply awesome!


Friday, January 29, 2010

Microsoft Confirms WinMo 7 Announcement At MWC

Posted by Ed Hansberry in "Windows Phone News" @ 01:35 PM

http://wmpoweruser.com/?p=12635&utm...(WM+Power+User)

Microsoft CEO Peter Klien has confirmed today on Fox News that Windows Mobile 7 will be announced at Mobile World Congress in February. You can see the entire interview at WMPowerUser. The key exchange was:

Fox News: “Are we going to see Windows 7 Mobile come out in 2010? What is your plans for that?”

Peter Klein: “We are heads down working on Windows Mobile 7 and we will have much more to say about that at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February.”


Monday, February 16, 2009

Mobile World Congress 2009: Microsoft Press Conference at 3:00 PM (CET)

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Events" @ 03:15 AM

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsmob...09/default.mspx

Microsoft's Mobile World Congress 2009 press conference is scheduled to take place in a little under four hours. Alas, not everyone and their pet dog has the luxury of attending, but that doesn't mean you can't live vicariously through the live webcast (local times featured below). We'll also be reporting the announcements as they happen - and Microsoft is promising plenty related to Windows Mobile, Windows Live for Mobile, and MSN Mobile - so simply watch the front-page for updates.

  • Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle: Monday, 6:00 AM
  • Chicago, Houston: Monday, 8:00 AM
  • New York, Washington, D.C.: Monday, 9:00 AM
  • London: Monday, 2:00 PM
  • Paris, Berlin: Monday, 3:00 PM
  • Moscow: Monday, 5:00 PM
  • Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong: Monday, 10:00 PM
  • Perth, Tokyo: Monday, 11:00 PM
  • Brisbane: Monday-Tuesday, Midnight
  • Sydney, Melbourne: Tuesday, 1:00 AM
  • Auckland: Tuesday, 3:00 AM


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