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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Windows Mobile 7’s “My Phone” to Feature Remote Contacts & Calendar (Update)

Posted by Pete Paxton in "Windows Phone News" @ 12:00 PM!+Mail

"As Mobile World Congress 2010 inches ever closer, an interesting bit of fact about Windows Mobile 7 has leaked early courtesy of an unusual suspect, Google AdWords.Thanks to a heads-up from Rafael Rivera, a keyword ad for "Windows Mobile 7" placed by Microsoft on pointing to its My Phone service clearly indicates a new feature which will be supported in WM7, the syncing and remote management of phone contacts and calendar appointments. This would be a great step up from the current limited ability to only backup photos, contacts and text messages as well as the ability to locate and wipe lost phones. Fittingly, MobileTechWorld also recently noticed a job ad pointing to a My Phone 2.0 release which hints at even more integration and services.

Update: It appears this feature may already be available on My Phone today, false alarm sorry. Unfortunatel since I use Exchange on my Windows phone, My Phone is severely crippled so I wasn't aware of this."

It's good to see features like this integrated with My Phone. I admit I'm a bit confused here. According to this site, I can organize my contacts and appointments from the web and they'll sync later, but can I remotely manage these as well or is that a feature that's coming? Nevertheless, it looks like My Phone is bringing some cool features to the table and it can only grow from here.

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, January 18, 2010

Windows Mobile 7 Round-Up Rumours

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Articles & Resources" @ 11:53 AM

"Okay everyone, time to put on your rumor helmets (they're like beer helmets, but filled with vodka). Here's what we are hearing about Windows Mobile 7 from various sources (none of which has been announced by Microsoft). We'll spill the beans on what we're hearing about supposed various versions of Seven, two WM7 devices including full specs (the LG "Apollo" and HTC "Obsession") time-frames and even features."

WMExperts has pulled together a variety of rumours - from the mildly speculative to the wildly imaginative - into an article that makes for an entertaining, thought-provoking read. It's worth checking out - one thing is for sure, 2010 is a going to be a year of big changes for Windows Mobile!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

LG Aiming For WM7 September Launch

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone News" @ 09:30 PM

"First LG flat-out says on public record that Windows Mobile 7 is bound for 2010, and now we've gotten apparent word that the company has narrowed said release window to September of this year -- at least as far as its own devices are concerned."

This is about as reliable as HTC's now-you-see-it/now-you-don't disclosures about WM7 for the HD2 - take it with a pinch of salt. Still, this counters some of the unsubstantiated rumours about delays in WM7, and provides some corroboration of the news from LG's CES conference.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Windows Mobile 7 Not Just Evolutionary

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

Robbie Bach, head of Microsoft's Mobile Division, has let it slip that WinMo 7 will likely be announced at Mobile World Congress next month. He said WinMo 7 will "set the bar forward not in (just) an evolutionary way."

I hope so. WinMo fans are willing to give MS a bit more time to get the OS on par with the competition, but with more apps coming out each day for the iPhone and Android platforms, there is less reason holding them to the platform. The average consumer, of course, needs some really solid reasons to put down other smartphones and pick up a WinMo device. Hopefully, 7 will do the trick.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

WM7 Devices Available This Year?

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

LG in their press event at the Consumer Electronics Show, mentioned that they would have devices in the market this year with WM7. That's no biggie, if reports of WM7 hitting RTM by the second quarter are true. On the other hand, LG is the first major manufacturer to go on the record as committing to WM7, which is nice confirmation. The clock's ticking though - Apple may debut a new iPhone OS this year, and Android looks like it'll make huge strides in mind share and market share in the next few months. And if "this year" means the 2010 holiday season, Microsoft will have a big hill to climb come 2011.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Windows Mobile Hanging By A Fingernail

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

The chart says it all - ChangeWave's report on its survey of smartphone users barely even mentions Windows Mobile, and even Palm's Web OS gets more love. The big news is the surge of interest in Android (now coming up to version 2.0) which is shaping up to be the new major competitor to Apple's iPhone. Where, oh where, is Windows Mobile 7?

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

HTC Russia Says "Nyet" on Windows Mobile 7 for Touch Pro2 and Diamond2 Devices

Posted by Jason Dunn in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 03:00 PM

"For Diamond 2 firmware is not planned. Of the existing communicators on the market, only the HD2 firmware to get WM7."

That's a translated quote from HTC Russia's Twitter account, though as of right now the tweet has been deleted and the page Engadget linked to is now gone. Oh HTC, you should know better - you can't publish something, then try to un-do it after it's gotten out there. At any rate, I'm not sure which surprises me more: that the HD2 will be getting a Windows Mobile 7 upgrade, or that the almost-as-expensive Touch Pro2 and Touch Diamond2 won't. I'm not so sure I believe that the HD2 will get an upgrade to lacks some of the things that are part of the Chassis 1 spec we read about earlier this year. We can all hope though, right?

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Windows Mobile 7 On Track For 3Q 2010 Release

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC News" @ 07:00 PM

"According to ZDNet Taiwan, the mobile OS is now on track for a release to OEMs for testing (the so-called "Maldives" program) sometime in the first quarter of 2010, and will be launched publicly sometime in the third quarter of the year (or about a year after the release of Windows Mobile 6.5) -- all of which more or less lines up with earlier rumors of a release to manufacturing in Spring 2010."

To quote Inigo Montoya, "I hate waiting". While WM7 is still on track for a late 2010 release, that seems like a lifetime away especially since the code will be more or less complete within the next 3-4 months. The competition is getting more formidable by the day, and Microsoft risks losing relevance in a fast expanding market space. Will the improvements in WM7 make up for being Johnny-be-lately? One can hope.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Microsoft, the Mobile Market, and Will WM7 be Too Late?

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC Talk" @ 07:00 PM,281...,2354561,00.asp

"Microsoft must embrace the mobile space if it wants to get its act together. The company has a bunch of semi-independent units that don't seem to talk to each other very much: Windows, Windows Mobile, Xbox, Zune, and whatever has grown out of their acquisition of the Danger/Sidekick team. As Apple has shown, you create compelling experiences by acting as one company, not as five. Unfortunately, it looks like Microsoft still isn't talking to Microsoft."

Sascha Segan at PCMag delivers a stinging critique of what's wrong with Microsoft's mobile strategy. It's not that we haven't heard all of this before, but the lost data disaster at Sidekick, rumours of trouble at Project Pink, and the relative modesty of the updates brought in by WM6.5, kinds of brings it home. A year's a long time in the mobile space, and with WM7 slated to be released only in late 2010 (RTM is supposedly in about six months time), MS is going to lose even more ground in the mobile sweepstakes. Android has really come on strong in the past six months with a bevy of sexy devices hitting the shelves and the backing of some major names, and no bets that Steve Jobs has something more up his sleeve for the coming year. Will WM7 be enough to turn the tide? Sound off in the comments.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Leaked Windows Mobile 7 Screen Shots? Maybe...

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC Talk" @ 08:37 AM

"We've seen the 6.5.1 leaks from WMExperts today that combined TouchFLO 3D and 6.5.1 together into a tidy package along with the leaks of the Windows Mobile 7 mockups earlier. Now, our very own tipster has delivered some exciting additional screenshots to, giving us a peak of the Call screen, Calendar, Contact, Email, Text Messaging, and Settings!" has gotten their hot little hands on some screen shots that show a very different sort of Windows Mobile. So is this Windows Mobile 7? Hard to say - all I do know is that I'm liking what I'm seeing.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

WM 7 RTM and Office Mobile 7

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

"Is Windows Mobile 7 right around the corner? It would seem so after Stephen Chapman, owner of Microsoft Kitchen, came across some documents that indicate an updated RTM of April 2010. If this is true, the general population will most likely have to wait until September-October of 2010 to have WM 7 on their phones."

Really, Almost a year? That seems so far away especially when we all know Windows Mobile needs a new OS now. And yes I mean 7.0. If it's true that Microsoft doesn't have Windows Mobile 7 out to RTM until April and we don't see it until September or October of 2010, are you going to hold out for a Windows Mobile device or are you going to look into other OS's? Honestly, I think WM 7 is going to be awesome. I just hope they don't wait so long that they lose a huge market share. For such a huge company, I really expected to be dazzled by now. I wonder if Microsoft's dazzle is going to turn into fizzle by next year.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Windows Mobile 7 Will Be Social-Network Friendly, and Probably Later than Ever

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC Talk" @ 03:42 PM

Photo courtesy of Engadget

Oh Windows Mobile 7...what a rough time you've had, and you're not even here yet. We first heard about you years ago under the code-name "Photon", and early peeks looked promising. Years went by, and you never managed to make an appearance. Things have changed in the market - that iPhone thing turned out to be a pretty big deal after all - and Windows Mobile isn't exactly on sure footing at the moment. Windows Mobile 6.5 looks like an improvement, but we're really waiting for you Windows Mobile 7 - you're the version that's supposed to really change things up. Looks like the Big Boss Man is telling people that you haven't exactly been handled properly, and they've brought on some new talent to ensure you're properly fed and cared for. The question is, if your creators are just now hiring people to create some of your core features - in this case social networking - when exactly will you make your debut? It feels like we've been waiting forever for you Windows Mobile 7...

Friday, September 4, 2009

Motorola Working On WM7 Device?

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 01:00 PM

"Thing is, well-trained eyes at UX Evangelist have found a Moto software engineer's job experience on LinkedIn with app development and migration to Windows Mobile 7 beta -- yes, beta -- listed front and center. The project's mentioned for a device codenamed "Caesar," which would slot in nicely with Moto's trend of assigning ancient rulers' names to smartphones ahead of release."

This year has seen a slow but increasing migration by Windows Mobile OEMs and ODMs towards alternative OSs like Android, to the point where you have to wonder about the future of Windows Mobile. Granted, since the iPhone's release two years ago there was always the possibility that WM would be relegated to a niche - but that threat has never been so clear as it has been in the last six months or so. On that basis, it's encouraging to see a major device manufacturer still trying to progress with WM. Even if working on a beta of an OS not slated to be released in another year isn't exactly concrete proof of commitment, the fact that WM7 has some interest and backing this early means we'll at least see some devices in a reasonable timeframe. Whether that's enough to ensure future iterations would depend on how good the OS actually turns out. I'm hoping WM7 will do for Windows Mobile what Windows 7 is doing for the Windows franchise generally, which is to show that just occasionally Microsoft can actually do things right - changing branding every couple of years notwithstanding.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

New Windows Mobile Launch Dates

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC News" @ 02:00 AM

"Microsoft is expected to officially launch Windows Mobile 6.5 on October 1, 2009 and add an upgrade version with a touch interface in February 2010, the sources indicated citing Microsoft roadmap."

So we will get an interim OS version before WM7 is available. That's the good news. The bad news is that the same report states that WM7 will only be launched in Q4 2010, which is really disappointing to put it mildly. A dual-platform strategy to compete with Apple and Google's Android? Fragmenting your product offering and playing to your opponents' strengths doesn't strike me as a winning strategy - Microsoft's got to work harder and faster than this. To quote Terry Pratchett, "Early in the morning? My dear lad, you will need to stay up all night!”

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

New Version Of WM6 After WM6.5?

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC Software" @ 01:00 AM

"While WinMo 6.5 build 23022 is still pretty clumsy, those finger-friendly (well, at least, "finger-friendlier," or maybe "not as finger-hostile") buttons grace the bottom of the display, and there is an iPhone-esque magnifying glass option for zooming in on and editing text."

While for many WM6.5 is little more than a half-way house to the complete makeover that is WM7, it still represents an advance over the menu driven UI of WM6.1. Whether that's enough to regain the ground lost against WM's competitors is an open question. Now there's rumours of another interim step between WM6.5 and WM7 that will feature some further finger optimzation including: moving the ok/close button to the bottom, a sliding notification popup tray, and a zoom facility. Are these WM7 features being tested on a WM6.5 build, or signs of a new version of WM6? More important (to me at least), is this a potential sign that WM7 will be delayed? I hope not.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Put The Pieces Together

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC Talk" @ 01:01 PM

So, anyone looked at the video of the Zune HD in action? Anyone looked at what we think the GPU powering that experience is? Anyone compared that with the rumours about the Chassis 1 design for Windows Mobile 7 smartphones? Anyone want to connect the dots? I'm just throwing that out there for you to ponder this weekend...

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Windows Mobile 7 To Feature Richer App Integration

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC Software" @ 02:00 PM

"As far as I'm aware, the "connectors" and "Unified Storage" referred to here is a new concept for WM7. Unfortunately the job description doesn't go into any details, but in the context of communications, I'm predicting it's a new framework designed to handle all the communication storage needs on a phone in a single, structured and open-access system...If my prediction is correction, as opposed to the current method where each application has its own proprietary storage model (ex. Outlook Mobile, Facebook application, Twitter applications), this new framework would allow applications to store and retrieve any communications data on the phone in a consistent and managed manner, allowing for far richer integration."

We know that Windows Mobile 7 will be a big step forward from the past, and here's a hint as to what may be in store beyond a new UI and multitouch interface. Ironic what a "simple" job ad can reveal - especially about the potential for Zune intregation. Will all this come to pass? Hard to say for sure, but it's fun to speculate. Read on for more!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Rumoured Windows Mobile 7 Chassis 1 Specifications Leaked

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC Talk" @ 11:37 AM

"While rumors about what is/isn't part of the next Zunes and "Pink" phones swirl, I figured I'd add a few more tidbits that I've been hoarding. First up: A list of what may or may not be the final specs for the Windows Mobile 7 Chassis 1. Chassis 1 seems to be the the heart of the rumored "Pink" Microsoft phone and possibly other Windows Mobile 7 phones made by Microsoft partners."

Ah Microsoft - you just can't not leak company secrets, can you? There's not a lot I can say about this (NDA stuff), but after the break there's the full breakdown of what is called the "WM7 Chassis 1 Specification". This is all rumour and speculation remember, but as you look at the specs I think you'll agree there's a certain ring of truth to it. I know one thing's for sure: if someone creates a device with these specifications, I want one! Read more...

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