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Monday, February 14, 2011

Windows Phone Head Honcho Andy Lees on "Accelerating the Windows Phone Ecosystem"

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone News" @ 03:45 PM

"This year has been one of significant change for the mobile industry. We are moving from a battle of devices to one of ecosystems. What is required to build and maintain a vibrant ecosystem is broad - defined by the relationship between hardware, software, services and applications working together to bring innovative new experiences to a world of devices. This shift has been accelerating, and we have been moving fast. It was only a year ago that we unveiled Windows Phone 7 to the world for the first time."

Andy Lees is "the man" when it comes to Windows Phone at Microsoft, and on the one year anniversary of Windows Phone 7 first being previewed to the public at MWC 2010, Microsoft has certainly come a long way. There's a long way yet to go still, and a big part of that is adding improvements to the sometimes-very-1.0 feeling operating system. The list is below:

"First Major Update: A free customer update will be made available for all Windows Phones in the first two weeks of March, which includes new capabilities such as copy & paste and faster application performance.

Availability on CDMA Networks: With added support for CDMA networks, Windows Phone will be available to even more customers on mobile operators such as Verizon and Sprint in the first half of 2011.

Twitter Integration in the People Hub: The popular social networking service Twitter will be integrated into the People Hub in the second half of 2011.

Office Document Storage in the Cloud: Document sharing and storage in the cloud via Windows Live SkyDrive will be added to Windows Phone in the second half of 2011.

Next Generation Browsing with Internet Explorer 9: A dramatically enhanced Internet Explorer 9 web browser will be added to Windows Phone in the second half of 2011. It will feature the same standards support (HTML5, etc.) and hardware accelerated graphics as the PC version.

Additional Multi-tasking Capabilities: We will add the ability to switch quickly between applications, run applications in the background (such as listening to music), along with a number of other capabilities in the second half of 2011. Developers will learn much more about this during April's MIX conference."

Sounds good to me. I'd have liked to have seen the first update come in January, but with it being mid-February I can't get too upset about waiting another month. The bigger, second-half of 2011 update, had better not slip though - and it had better not come out in December!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

HTC At MWC And The HD Mini

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 08:00 PM

HTC launched three new devices at MWC yesterday (click the link for Engadget's commentary during the press event). The Legend and the Desire will both run Android, but the last of the trio is the HD Mini which will run on Windows Mobile 6.5.3. That's honestly a bit of a come down after all the excitement over Microsoft's big Windows Phone 7 Series launch yesterday, but the Mini isn't a slouch by any means and is quite likely to be successful given it's positioning as a mid-level/entry level device (remember the Magician and all its variants?). Engadget has a hands-on gallery (and soon to come video) on the new device, which will sport a 600MHz processor, HTC Sense, a 3.2" capacitive screen, and the usual array of radios. Jason had a chance to discuss the device with HTC - well worth a read for the insight into the thinking behind its design.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Slashgear Gets Their Hands On Windows Phone 7 Series

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Windows Phone Software" @ 02:30 PM

"Microsoft have officially launched Windows Phone 7 and with it the Windows Phone Series, promising we'll see the first devices on the market in time for the holiday 2010 shopping season. Windows Phone 7 marks a new, more end-user aware phase for the platform, with Zune and Xbox integration, together with stricter controls over the overall end-user experience: third-party UIs, such as HTC Sense, will not be allowed (though OEMs will be able to add into the new WP7 UI), and while they're not yet revealing the details, Microsoft have a long technical specifications list for handset manufacturers that will better standardize the platform."

Slashgear got their hands on a Windows Phone 7 Series demo model at MWC and has some interesting initial observations on it. Interesting stuff! It's a good day to be a Windows Phone fan!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Microsoft Confirms WinMo 7 Announcement At MWC

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

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.”

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Official Windows Mobile 7 Release Date (and demo?) at MWC in February?

Posted by Eriq Cook in "Windows Phone Events" @ 10:00 PM

"Alongside the launch of Windows Mobile 6.6 at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2010, Microsoft is also expected to announce a date for the commercial availability of WM7, according to sources familiar with Microsoft's roadmap."

Finally, Microsoft will be announcing the official release date of Windows Mobile 7 at the MWC Conference in Barcelona (February 15th - 18th). Microsoft has been very quite regarding the timing of its Windows Mobile 7 release, but many sources including some manfacturers such as LG and HTC have already announced that we should start seeing WM7 devices between Q4 2010 and early 2011.

A lot can happen between now and Q4, but I have to believe that Microsoft will really try to push the appearance of WM7 devices this year as opposed to next. It's been long enough! From device manufacturer announcements to the recent rumours of WM7's features, I think 2010 will be the year that breathes new life back into the platform.

I hope that we not only get an official date announcement from Microsoft at MWC, but see a real working demo of Windows Mobile 7 in action. We'll have to wait about three more weeks to see...

Monday, February 16, 2009

Mary Jo Foley's Microsoft MWC Cheat Sheet

Posted by Rocco Augusto in "Smartphone News" @ 03:00 PM

"At the Mobile World Congress show, what Microsoft didn’t roll out is as interesting as what it did. During a February 16 press conference at the show..., CEO Steve Ballmer and Senior Vice President of Mobile Communications Andy Lees told attendees that the company is making some tweaks to its mobile strategy: It is no longer focusing primarily on business customers, but both business and consumer users; and is no longer thinking about mobile devices in a vacuum (instead it’s now about phones and software and services)."

If you feel like your head is going to explode from the massive amount of Windows Mobile news we were presented with today then you might want to take a second to check out Mary Jo Foley's cheat sheet to Microsoft's MWC goodies. One thing that has become painfully clear today is that Microsoft likes to play musical chairs with their branding scheme. I personally wish they would just pick a name and stick with it for more than a few years but a fresh new name could have been exactly what Microsoft needed to wash away the negative taste previous versions of Windows Mobile has left on our collective tongues. Some of the things Mary Jo covers in this cheat sheet are things like Zune Mobile, Windows Mobile 6.5, Windows Mobile 7, Microsoft's My Phone service and more. This is an exciting time to be a Windows Mobile user!

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

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

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

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Devices! Devices! Devices! Ballmer to Head Microsoft MWC Press Conference

Posted by Rocco Augusto in "Smartphone News" @ 12:30 PM

"Microsoft says: 'Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will highlight the company's latest innovations and partnerships, as well as share insights on the company's strategies and approaches that will enable more opportunities for mobile operators and device manufacturers to deliver exciting solutions for consumers and mobile workers'. For Ballmer to attend the press conference, along with Andrew Lees, senior vice president of Microsoft's mobile communications business, it could indicate big news from Microsoft. Last year Robie Bach delivered the speech."

While I wasn't terribly impressed with Steve Ballmer's keynote this year at CES, I have high hopes for the Microsoft press conference at this year’s Mobile World Congress. Even if we are not presented with a ton of information on the rollout or feature set of Windows Mobile 6.5 - or an any mention of windows Mobile 7 whatsoever - Microsoft has been rumored recently to announce SkyBox (a MobileMe competitor,) SkyLine (an enterprise version of SkyBox,) and SkyMarket (an Apple App Store like application) which could hold the potential to drastically change how we interact with our Windows Mobile powered handsets on a daily basis.

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?

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