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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Bing Grabs Global Number Two Spot

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

This is worthwhile news, but Bing is still a long way away from challenging Google's search hegemony. After all we're still talking about a 0.5% lead over Yahoo, and far behind Google's near 90% share. Still it's noteworthy that Bing's making such progress, even given Microsoft's advantage in making it the default search engine for IE, and for WP7.

Flickr Is Now Available For The Photog In Us

Posted by Richard Chao in "Windows Phone Software" @ 01:00 AM

"Back in January, we let you know about some exciting mobile developments we had in store for you, and some of you may have already caught a sneak peak of the newest member of our family here at Flickr. Today, we're excited to officially introduce Flickr for Windows 7® and Flickr for Windows Phone 7®!"

Great news for all photographers and those who love to explore Flickr's vast library of images. Yahoo has just made official their recently released Flickr application for Windows Phone 7. The version adds pictures hub integration and tags for uploaded photos.

Flickr for WP7 allows you to upload photos with tags and geo-location, view your contacts' uploads, browse images in their original resolution and share with friends and family via Twitter and Facebook. All while using the slick WP7 panoramic panel interface.

Flickr is free and is available in the Zune Marketplace now.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Flickr for Windows Phone Updated with Hub Integration

Posted by Adan Galvan in "Windows Phone News" @ 11:00 AM

Flickr for Windows Phone was recently updated with some much needed changes. Although there was lots of excitement that the app was added to the Windows Phone Marketplace, the lack of integration seemed to many to be a missed opportunity. The latest update has corrected that oversight. Flickr is now directly integrated with the Windows Phone Pictures Hub. This means that pictures can be updated to the Flickr site without launching the app. In addition, tags are now supported, and there are also general performance improvements. The updated version of the app is available in the marketplace right now.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Yahoo Fires Back: Windows Phone 7 Data Bug is From "Non-Standard IMAP Implementation"

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone News" @ 02:09 PM

Courtesy of Engadget, here's Yahoo's statement on the subject:

"Yahoo! Mail is widely available on tens of millions of mobile phones, including those running on Apple iOS, Android, Nokia Symbian, and RIM. The issue on the Windows Phones is specific to how Microsoft chose to implement IMAP for Yahoo! Mail and does not impact Yahoo! Mail on these other mobile devices. Yahoo! has offered to provide Microsoft a near-term solution for the implementation they chose, and is encouraging Microsoft to change to a standard way of integrating with Yahoo! Mail, which would result in a permanent fix."

Microsoft has a long history of not taking POP/IMAP seriously, so I'm inclined to believe Yahoo in this instance. Microsoft has always been fixated on great Exchange support, to a fault, so this IMAP issue with Yahoo doesn't surprise me at all. Prior to Windows Phone 7, IMAP performance was horrific - my iPod Touch could poll my personal email, download messages, and be done before my HTC HD2 was done the initial check for new messages. Windows Phone 7 seems to be quite a bit better in that regard - checking IMAP email is quite quick - but it wouldn't surprise me that Microsoft perhaps took some liberties with how their implementation of IMAP works.

Did any Windows Phone Thoughts readers get hit by this bug? What did it do to your data consumption?

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Excess Data Usage: The Denouement

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

And the culprit is Yahoo Mail - their server is apparently sending 25 times more data than it should, thus hammering your bandwidth and battery life. Microsoft is recommending at the moment to switch from scheduled to manual updates (hit the Read link for a how-to) while they and Yahoo work on a fix, which should be rolled out soon. Has anybody with a Yahoo mail account seen this?

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Nuevasync Releases Yahoo! Contacts Support

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

David over at Nuevasync was kind enough to let me know about Nueva's Yahoo! Contacts sync feature a month or so ago when they were testing it. My reaction was (almost embarrassingly) "Yahoo! has contacts?". Yes, it has been a long time since I used Yahoo! Mail for anything and didn't realize that their address book had been fleshed out in recent years. If you're a Yahoo! lover or just user, and want to sync your Y! contacts with your Windows Mobile (or other Activesync compatible smartphone), Nueva has a new feature for you!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Yahoo! Go Beta 3 For Windows Mobile Professional

Posted by Ed Hansberry in "Pocket PC Software" @ 05:00 AM;_ylt=Ate...czSUtQcJ;_ylv=3

"Yahoo! Go is today’s essential solution for anyone with a mobile phone. It’s an all-in-one offering that lets you enjoy the best of the Internet on your phone - for free.* Send an email, upload photos, download a map, search for answers, check stock quotes, or get breaking news - all that and much more is available through Yahoo! Go."

A detailed list of supported devices is here, so see if yours is listed. Even if it isn't, it should work on Windows Mobile 5 and 6.

Tags: yahoo

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Microsoft Walks Away From Yahoo!

Posted by Darius Wey in "Digital Home News" @ 07:23 AM

"Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) today announced that it has withdrawn its proposal to acquire Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ: YHOO). "We continue to believe that our proposed acquisition made sense for Microsoft, Yahoo! and the market as a whole. Our goal in pursuing a combination with Yahoo! was to provide greater choice and innovation in the marketplace and create real value for our respective stockholders and employees," said Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer of Microsoft. "Despite our best efforts, including raising our bid by roughly $5 billion, Yahoo! has not moved toward accepting our offer. After careful consideration, we believe the economics demanded by Yahoo! do not make sense for us, and it is in the best interests of Microsoft stockholders, employees and other stakeholders to withdraw our proposal," said Ballmer."

What a dramatic three months it's been. The press release continues with a very detailed letter from Ballmer explaining why Microsoft's offering of $5 billion on top of the initial bid wasn't enough for Yahoo!, and why the proxy contest never too place. No Microhoo!, I guess. Now, I wonder if Goohoo! is on the cards.

Update: Yahoo! shares fell 22% in pre-market trading. NYSE opens in under an hour.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Microsoft Increases Offer By Several Dollars, Yahoo! Happy?

Posted by Darius Wey in "Digital Home News" @ 09:45 PM

"After a months-long standoff, Microsoft and Yahoo are in active merger talks, a person involved in the discussions said. Microsoft, which had threatened to abandon its bid, has increased its offer “by several dollars,” this person said. The merger talks represent an enormous breakthrough following weeks of behind-the-scenes discussions without any progress. Exact terms being discussed could not be learned. The talks would explain the silence from Microsoft this week as it has refused to disclose its plans, despite threatening to bring a proxy contest if Yahoo didn’t reach a deal with it by last Saturday. Seven days have passed without any announcement from Microsoft about how it intends to proceed."

Well, this is certainly a more civil approach to the proposed acquisition, and it would explain why Microsoft has been so tight-lipped on the matter this week. Will we actually see Microhoo! emerge at the end of all this? Time will tell.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Microsoft to Yahoo!: You Have Three Weeks... or Else

Posted by Darius Wey in "Digital Home News" @ 02:00 AM

"Dear Members of the Board: It has now been more than two months since we made our proposal to acquire Yahoo! at a 62% premium to its closing price on January 31, 2008, the day prior to our announcement. Our goal in making such a generous offer was to create the basis for a speedy and ultimately friendly transaction. Despite this, the pace of the last two months has been anything but speedy... During these two months of inactivity, the Internet has continued to march on, while the public equity markets and overall economic conditions have weakened considerably, both in general and for other Internet-focused companies in particular. At the same time, public indicators suggest that Yahoo!’s search and page view shares have declined. Finally, you have adopted new plans at the company that have made any change of control more costly. By any fair measure, the large premium we offered in January is even more significant today. We believe that the majority of your shareholders share this assessment, even after reviewing your public disclosures relating to your future prospects."

Just when you thought talks of an acquisition of Yahoo! were winding down, Microsoft shows up to deliver Yahoo! a stern notice. They've been given three weeks to accept the initial offer or to come to an alternate agreement that would be willingly accepted by both parties. Failing that, the rumoured proxy contest will be realized: Microsoft will go straight to Yahoo!'s shareholders, and attempt to elect a new Board of Directors that will allow the acquisition to go through. Popcorn, anyone?

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

APRIL FOOLS: Microsoft, Google, and Yahoo! Join Forces

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC News" @ 08:00 AM

"Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) today announced that following a failed attempt on February 1, 2008, to acquire Yahoo! (NASDAQ:YHOO), it had made a second proposal to the Yahoo! Board of Directors on March 30, 2008, to acquire Yahoo! for a total equity value of approximately $49.8 billion. This proposal was formally accepted by Yahoo! on the morning of March 31, 2008. In addition, Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) today announced that it had made a proposal to the Microsoft Board of Directors on March 31, 2008, to acquire Microsoft for a total equity value of approximately $270 billion, which Microsoft formally accepted on the same day. On the morning of April 1, 2008, Yahoo! made a proposal to the Google Board of Directors to acquire Google for $1. Google accepted this proposal immediately, citing it as a fair and honest deal. Together, Microsoft, Google, and Yahoo! believe that these acquisitions will create a more competitive company providing superior value to shareholders and better choice and innovation for customers and partners.

On April 15, 2008, the three companies will meet officially to discuss leadership options and industry consolidation and convergence. On April 16, 2008, Steve Ballmer (Microsoft), Eric Schmidt (Google), and Jerry Yang (Yahoo!) will participate in a televised round-robin Dance Dance Revolution, SingStar, and Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock contest, where the overall winner will be formally recognized as the CEO of the new company, Yahooglesoft. The remaining two participants, along with existing members of the Board of Directors from Microsoft, Google, and Yahoo! will participate in a round-robin Rock-Paper-Scissors contest to establish a new Board of Directors at Yahooglesoft.
The new company, Yahooglesoft, will be formally established on May 1, 2008, and be based out of the Bermuda Triangle, before shifting to Virgle City in 2108.

Members of the press are encouraged to submit questions and statements to A mobile-friendly version of the web site is available at"

Wow. Time to contact my stockbroker.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Introduction to Connected Applications with Windows Mobile 6

Posted by Rocco Augusto in "Smartphone Talk" @ 02:58 PM

"Did you know that there is an Encarta encyclopedia bot that you can talk to on Windows Live Messenger? That’s just one of the tips I wrote about in this new article on’s Windows Mobile website area."

Todd Ogasawara has posted some fantastic tips and tricks on the Windows Mobile site. I had no idea that you could chat with an encyclopedia bot on Windows Live Messenger. Usually for some basic information like currency conversions, weather data, and even transit times - I use Google based web services. To read about other handy applications that can be used to keep yourself connected to the digital world, head on over to read Todd's article!

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