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All posts tagged "windows phone 7 series"

Monday, March 29, 2010

Miss Anything Developer Related? Charlie Kindel Sums It Up

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Windows Phone Developer" @ 05:30 AM

"It's been almost two weeks since we made the Windows Phone Developer Tools available at MIX10, and hopefully you've all been off coding up some great apps and games! There's a lot of "surface area" to this platform, so I thought I'd make sure everyone knew where the developer documentation for Windows Phone 7 Series was, and give you highlights of what's available. Keep in mind that the Windows Phone developer documentation was written for the CTP and that it will be expanded as we get closer to final release of the Windows Phone Developer Tools. We'll also be doing much more to "bring it together" so that blog posts like this are not as necessary :-)."

In case you missed anything during all of the excitement of MIX10 a few weeks back, Charlie Kindel at the Windows Phone Developer blog has put together a "getting started" post for developers looking to start making killer Windows Phone 7 Series apps!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Windows Phone 7 Series Foursquare Client Shown

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Windows Phone Software" @ 08:30 AM

"There's no denying that Windows Phone 7 (or Windows Phone 7 Series, or whatever awful branding was chosen) looks to be a huge improvement from the previous iterations of Windows Mobile. And there's even some talk that it may be able to compete with the current golden boy of the smartphone industry, Apple's iPhone. If an early look at the new Foursquare app for Windows Phone 7 is any indication, it just may."

Habitual Foursquare'ers (Which Jason believes I am, despite the fact that I keep it to my self since my check-ins aren't exactly all that interesting) will like the new Windows Phone 7 foursquare app, which is a nice improvement over the 6.5 version now. Another reason to be psyched about WP7S!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Office Mobile For Windows Phone 7 Series

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone News" @ 11:00 PM

"We actually haven't seen any official shots of the Office apps for Windows Phone 7 Series, but now that Microsoft's emulator has been hacked and unlocked, we've got a glimpse of what creating a Word doc in OneNote looks like -- and while there's a high probability that this a super-early version of the app, it's still revealing in how drastically minimal it is."

There's a couple of video run throughs as well, mostly showing off what's available in the emulator, but with sneak peeks at the Office apps as well. Don't expect to do anything more than basic editing (at least, not yet), but you know - at least they're there.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Web Browsing On WP7S

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

"One of the most appealing parts of the iPhone is its Web browser. Mobile Safari is powered by the WebKit engine, and this same engine also powers the desktop browser. The result is a Web experience that, while not identical to the desktop experience, is not far off. Windows Mobile, on the other hand, has a browser that's roughly derived from Internet Explorer 6. The result? A decidedly second-rate Web experience. Windows Phone 7 Series will improve things somewhat-to approximate parity with Internet Explorer 7-but it remains behind its desktop counterpart."

I'm finding it hard to put any kind of posiive spin on this - fact is, it's hard to be positive about a lot of the WP7S news that's come out over the past few weeks. I can (probably) learn to live with most of them, but this is one area that I'm going to find hard to gloss over. If we had access to alternative browsers like Opera that's one thing, but it looks like that's still going to be a ways off with the restrictions Microsoft is placing on developers. Getting on par with IE7 may be good enough, but...who knows? WP7S is coming late to the party as it is, and a dated web experience is just one more strike against it.

Marketplace Can Revoke Application's License - Remotely!

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Windows Phone News" @ 08:30 AM

"Speaking at a MIX10 session about Windows Phone 7 Series architecture this morning, Microsoft's Istvan Cseri mentioned that the Windows Phone Marketplace -- the one and only clearinghouse for apps in WP7S -- will be able to remotely revoke licenses. Since devices will only run properly-licensed apps, this effectively means the company will be able to shut down apps remotely -- a capability they'd probably invoke if a Marketplace app were to badly misbehave en masse, for example."

The paranoid in me says "Whoa... what if I want that app". The sane person in me says this is actually a good thing - it can be invoked to prevent bad applications from messing up the phone experience. While it sacrifices flexibility, it increases the likelihood that your Windows Phone 7 Series experience will be much better than (certainly) Windows Mobile 6.5. Now lets just hope that this 'bad' applications discipline extends to provider bloatware!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Free Ebook: Programming Windows Phone 7 Series

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Windows Phone Developer" @ 09:30 PM

"That's Charles Petzold! Looking stylish with the cover of his free ebook on his tee shirt. It's a draft preview of his upcoming book (to be published in the fall): Programming Windows Phone 7 Series. This preview ebook contains six chapters in three parts (153 pages total):"

A draft version of the upcoming book Programming Windows Phone 7 Series is available for free download. So if you haven't had a chance to start playing around with the new developer tools, here is one more reason to start - and if you have, here is another thing for your development arsenal.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

What You Need To Get Started Developing for Windows Phone 7 Series

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Windows Phone Developer" @ 10:30 AM

Lots of development news came out of MIX10 yesterday, and if you're interested in coding up something special for Windows Phone 7 series, here's the info you need.

First you'll want to download the development tools at the developer website. Next, once you've got everything installed, you'll want to hit up these samples, demos, and Channel 9 labs at this Windows Team Blog post. From there on it's happy coding to those who want to get their apps ready for the next generation of Windows phones!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Windows Phone 7 Series Push Notifications

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone News" @ 06:00 PM

"Microsoft's flavor of push notifications for Windows Phone 7 Series -- the so-called Microsoft Notification Service -- was just demoed using an MLS (Major League Soccer) app, and it fits in really well with the "Metro" UI motif."

I've never used Exchange or a Blackberry, so I don't know how different this is from the current WM6.5 paradigm. What's disturbing to me is that Engadget are speculating that this is just one more nail in the coffin of multitasking on Windows Phone. While I like the Metro UI and most of the other changes coming with WP7S, this is one development that has me worried.

Highlights From The MIX10 Keynote!

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Windows Phone Developer" @ 10:00 AM

MIX10 is on now in Las Vegas and while I'm not there personally (unfortunately I'm in dreary Manhattan this morning) I do have some great tidbits from Scott Guthrie & Joe Belfiore. Here's the lowdown:

  • The Mobile device application story is this: Silverlight for Internet-based applications, and XNA for gaming.
  • Free developer tools: Expression Blend, and Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone.
  • Windows Phone Marketplace is getting one-time credit card transactions, mobile-operator based billing, and advertising-funded applications!
  • Silverlight 4 Release Candidate and Expression Blend beta 4 are on their way!

And if that's not enough, you can keep up on all of the action at MIX here!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

WP7S To Support HVGA Screens

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone News" @ 08:00 PM

"Now, thanks to a post from Microsoft's Shawn Hargreaves, we know the display resolution for the first batch of Microsoft's next generation phones: 480 x 800 (WVGA) pixels at launch, with a future update that will introduce a 320 x 480 (HVGA) native resolution. Dedicated hardware will ensure image scaling across all those pixels without taxing the GPU."

So much for strictly controlling the hardware. Isn't this how we started down the slippery slope towards the developer nightmare of having to write for multiple screen resolutions? Image scaling sounds nice, until you realize that you're looking at two different aspect ratios (5/3 versus 3/2). Hopefully it'll stop here.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Why A Half-Baked Windows Phone 7 Release on an HD2 is a Bad Idea

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 05:00 AM

"We've had it up here with these shenanigans. You're jerking us around, and we're sick of it. We get it, you have a very particular concept of what sort of phones you want running your new Windows Phone 7 Series OS. Not only do we get it, but we're kind of proud of you for sticking up for yourself for once and ensuring some sort of sameness across your platform. Unfortunately, it's not the holiday season yet, so we can't buy one of these fancy WP7S phones yet. Meanwhile, on the other end of town, HTC is bringing the HD2 to T-Mobile in the US this month. Sure, it runs your soon-to-be-outdated Windows Mobile 6.5 OS which nobody wants, but it's also pretty much the best hardware we've ever seen. Bar none."

Paul Miller published an editorial at Engadget yesterday that made me think about the consequences of corporate secrecy and policy when it comes to the geek community. Even as someone willing to play by these rules (as evidenced by my own NDA with Microsoft), I still long for a time where geeks can have what they want, and companies can keep mainstream customers happy. Unfortunately I don't see that happening any time soon for some very practical reasons. And in the end, as frustrating as it is, I think it is for the better.


Thursday, March 4, 2010

Enough With Animal Names! LG's WinPho 7Series' Name is Panther?

Posted by Jon Westfall in "LG Windows Phones" @ 11:30 AM

"LG's first Windows Phone 7 handset, which got shown off recently in the sweaty palm of a Microsoft director at the Engadget Show, will be called the LG Panther. Apparently. We know LG likes silly names, but Panther?"

Seriously, Panther? Aside from the fact it's already been used, (good luck with branding), the name just doesn't sound exciting to me. While corporate naming decisions can be screwy (Xfinity anyone?), a well placed name can really work for a product (e.g., Treo, Razr, etc..). The first phone we know about from a new platform named after an apple-esque animal? Here's to hoping that this is mostly baseless rumor!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Microsoft Says Sorry, No Upgrades To Windows Phone 7

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone News" @ 06:30 PM

"While in a recent Twitter Q&A, Microsoft UK's Director of the UK Mobile Business Group Alex Reeve hinted that 'ODMs are free to offer Windows Phone 7 Series upgrades for Windows Mobile 6 smartphones', Natasha Kwan, General Manager for Microsoft's Mobile Communications Business in the Asia-Pacific region, told APC that the HD2 - the hottest candidate for such an upgrade - 'doesn't qualify because it doesn't have the three buttons'."

With its uber-specs, the HD2 was the likeliest candidate among the current crop of WM6.5 smartphones to get an upgrade to WP7. But Microsoft appears to be taking their lockdown of the user experience in WP7 very, very seriously - and the HD2 doesn't qualify. That's going to disappoint a lot of HD2 buyers (in Asia and Europe) and prospective buyers (in N. America). I'd bet the possibility of an upgrade was a factor in the buying decision (I was certainly thinking that way), and with this development sales of the HD2, as well as its resale value, might take a hit with WP7 just 7 months away.

LG Win Phone 7 Prototype Seen At Engadget Show

Posted by Jon Westfall in "LG Windows Phones" @ 09:30 AM

"Microsoft's Aaron Woodman just pulled off a little surprise here at The Engadget Show: he brought out LG's Windows Phone 7 Series pre-production prototype! The QWERTY slider is the first branded Windows Phone 7 Series device the world's ever seen"

5 MP Camera! Flash! 3.5 mm Jack! And more pictures available over on Engadget's site. And while I like the look of the front, I'm not too crazy about the keypad's buttons. Thoughts?

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Windows Phone 7 VS iPhone: FIGHT!

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Software" @ 07:30 PM

"In the past, the industry has been hard-pressed to find a real competitor to the iPhone. Several "iPhone killers" have come along, including the Palm Pre and BlackBerry Storm, but both devices have failed to live up to Apple's product on any level. Even Android-based devices like the Nexus One have come close but can't quite attract the kind of attention the iPhone does...But there is a strong possibility that Microsoft's newly announced Windows Phone 7 Series will change that."

eWeek weighs in on the merits of the upcoming Windows Phone 7 Series, specifically comparing it against the iPhone. Some of the points are a little weak in my view (a sense of urgency? really?), but there's always room for debate. I think it's premature to start discussing this seriously until we know more on what restrictions developers have to work under - I'm not very happy with what I've heard so far - but then speculation is half the fun. What do you guys think? Is eWeek making sense to you, or are they somewhere off in la-la land?

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Everything You Wanted to Know about Windows Phone 7 Series

Posted by Eriq Cook in "Windows Phone News" @ 07:00 PM

"Microsoft just planted a massive flag in the ground with the debut of Windows Phone 7 Series. The company's new mobile operating system is a radical and potent departure from the past, and there's a lot to take in -- so we've gathered together all our knowledge and impressions of the device so far and rolled them into a single, concise guide. Of course, there will be plenty more to learn in the coming months, and we're going to be beating down Redmond's door for more details on this thing, but for now let's dive into what Microsoft has revealed so far about its latest and (potentially) greatest phone operating system."

Engadget has posted an in-depth guide covering many questions about Windows Phone 7 Series including the UI, new marketplace, Office hub and much more. Click here to read the full article.

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!

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!

Channel 9 Interview with Joe Belfiore and Charlie Kindel

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone News" @ 09:00 AM

Lots of great stuff in this video on Windows phone 7 - worth watching! Their embed code doesn't work though, so you'll have to jump over to the site to watch it.

Windows Phone 7 in Pictures

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Software" @ 08:41 AM

I found a few images of the Windows phone 7 user interface for you to check out. What do you think of it? It's sure not like any phone I've ever seen before...more after the break. Read more...

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