We've been following Windows Phone 7 for some time and now that it has been "officially" launched it can't land in stores fast enough. With as much as we've digested over the past eight months or so, I find my thoughts on Windows Phone 7 scattered about, ranging from devices to software to integration to the new phone's market survival.
Collecting them has been a challenged but if you ease past the break you can find my ramblings on Windows Phone 7.
Blue Planet Apps has announced that RoboPrint v1.0 will be available for Windows Phone 7. RoboPrint gives you the ability to print email, documents, and images from your Windows Phone. Supported documents include .pdf, .doc, .docx, .xls, xlsx, .ppt, .pptx, .tiff, .jpg, .gif, .png, .txt, and .html.
RoboPrint allows you to print on any wifi/3g/4g data connections. A Windows host application can be installed on your computer to access wired printers.
Follow the break to see a video demo of RoboPrint.
Thanks Oleksandr for the tip
Editorial Note: Microsoft Points are going to be more and more important to you future Windows Phone 7 users, which is why you may want to pay attention to today's tip!
Even though Bing Cashback was cancelled a few months back (shame as it was a great program), Microsoft has returned with a new, similar program called Bing Rewards. It's technically in "preview" right now but you can still sign up and begin racking up credits as an incentive for using Microsoft’s Bing “decision engine”.
Microsoft Credits can easily be earned just by using Bing for all your searching needs, setting Bing as your homepage, making use of the feature-rich related searches, or just exploring the daily image’s information hotspots. A total of 250 credits are thrown your way just for signing up for the program. The "credits" can then be exchanged for "rewards" or even better, Microsoft Points, which can then be used in the Zune/Xbox Marketplace (more on that below).
So is there a catch? Of course there is...
Read more after the jump as we try to make sense of Microsoft's latest Bing incentive program!
We know AT&T is serious about this whole "premier carrier" thing and we've heard that employees will be receiving extensive training on the new OS, akin to now Apple prepped the same carrier for its release. Now it looks like they're going even further with support.
We ran across three new apps for Windows Phone 7 that are working their way to the Marketplace.
ezyTip from donNetProfessional is a tip calculator that not only calculates your tip but can adjust it based on service, split your bill if your going "dutch" with friends, and even email them if they duck out on you.
ProjectThumba brings you the photo editor, Thumba. As a photographer, any app dealing with photography catches my attention and Thumba looks interesting. Thumba allows for image adjustments such as cropping, rotating, adjusting brightness/contrast, color balance and much more.
The "Where is my car?" app from StevenMeyerGVA is just what you think it would be, an app to help you keep track of where you parked your car. The app uses your Windows Phone 7's gps to mark where you parked your car and lead you back to it when the day is done. The app also has a feature to keep track of Parking Meter time, enter voice notes, and attach a picture of where you parked your car.
All three apps look interesting and we'll be eager to take all three out for a test run when they launch. In the meantime, hit the break to see video demos of all three.
Never before has a new mobile OS platform launched with so many devices to choose from--not Android, not WebOS and certainly not the iPhone. Yet, on the otherhand, never have the differences between the device selection seem to be so...minor.
Seeing as I won't be able to get a device with Winodws Phone 7 on my beloved Sprint till sometime in spring 2011, I have to go with a second U.S. carrier to tide me over (and make this job easier).
Read after the jump for which device I'm going with and why. Of course, this is all assuming I exercise restraint and don't get a few of them, what with Google Voice (GoVoice) possible on the platform.
Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 offers a unique situation for Windows Phone users. Windows Mobile phones offered a wide range of Windows Phones with all sorts of tweaks and customizations. Windows Phone 7 phones will be more consistent with regards to the OS. Even the designs will have certain requirements and, to an extent, restrictions.
Out of the gate we will see three options from AT&T; the Samsung Focus, HTC Surround, and LG Quantum. Shortly thereafter, we'll see T-Mobile join the scene with two phones; the HTC HD7 and Dell Venue Pro. Sprint customers shouldn't give up hope. In 2011 the HTC 7 Pro should be headed Sprint's way.
So, which phone do you choose? Will you wait for a certain model or switch carriers to start enjoying Windows Phone 7 sooner? If you're with AT&T will you get the Focus or wait for the LG or HTC phones?
The WPCentral Staff has given this some thought and over the next few days we'll share our choices with you. To see what my first Windows Phone 7 device will be, ease on past the break.
Watching the growth of Windows Phone 7 over this past year has been an exercise in patience. Microsoft’s strategy of showing the customers what they were working on months ahead of an actual release is very different that what one would expect from a company like Apple, where they announce a product only after it was already in production. The advantage of Microsoft’s strategy is that they have received feedback from both developers and consumers on the different features and functionality that will be included or (in some cases) left out. I really think Windows Phone 7 will be a better product because of this strategy.
Hit the break for all of my thoughts on Windows Phone 7.
Though we don't get any real juicy scoops, he does briefly mention how the technology form the Xbox Kinect (motion sensors, etc.) could make its way into mobile devices someday. We've seen some early hints of this from Microsoft themselves (Flashback machine: "Sidesight"), so it's not too surprising that the tech from Kinect and even Surface may be incorporated once it can be minaturized.
Check out the full video after the break, it's worth it as Ina has some pretty sharp questions for Steve.
Though we didn't get to see it Monday, evidently Windows Phone 7 will launch with support for Windws Live Messenger, something that was not at all to clear recently.