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4 years ago

WP7 Keynote at Worldwide Partner Conference is now available

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For some reason on Monday, the keynote on Windows Phone 7 at 2pm during WPC10 never aired--presumably "technical difficulties" but alas the video is now available to watch in its entirety right here or just click the 'Read the rest of this entry' below.

Some interesting tidbits of the nearly hour long video focus in on Office, Outlook, pictures, contacts, maps and basically the core aspects of the phone. What's real interesting is how much is done on the phone without "launching" any applications--so much of the foundational programs are just built in, linked to each other in an--to borrow their phrase-intelligent way.

Overall Windows Phone 7 looks incredibly easy to use without any fuss--just to the point productivity. Below are also a few screen grabs of their slides, nothing huge but still interesting.

Watch the full video after the break...

[Phone 7 via Reddit]

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4 years ago

Your questions about WP7 answered, kinda, by Microsoft's Brandon Watson

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Back a few weeks ago we mentioned how Microsoft's Brandon Watson would answer your questions--well a few of your questions, depending if you made the cut or not.

Weeks passed and we're worried if we would ever hear back and finally we did. Some good info in here but alas, my fellow Expert-tiers, you seemed to have gone for the gold and asked him a few questions that were met with the traditional terse no comment or similar canned responses.

Hey, we can't blame you for asking and can't blame Brandon for not risking his job, so golf claps all around.

The big news is probably the idea that Microsoft still has a "set of consumer features" that they have not yet announced, but will be doing so soon. (Putting pipe in the mouth): Interesting....any guesses?

Finally, no doubt some of his responses will set off some heated discussions, so flame on and sound off in the comments.  Hit the link for the full set of questions and answers!

Special thanks to MobilityDigest for organizing this event & Brandon Watson for his time. Follow Brandon Watson on Twitter and his blog here: blog: ManyNiches.com | twitter: @brandonwatson

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4 years ago

Windows Phone 7 'Jump Start' Live Meeting--July 20th

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For those of you who are programming or looking to get into developing for Windows Phone 7, Microsoft will be hosting a series of four online, live and completely free sessions on writing programs for the new OS.

Starting next Tuesday, the events look to be a great way to get a foot in the door if you're a beginner or to learn some new tricks if you're more advanced.  All you need to do is register and watch it from your computer--sounds easy enough.

Windows Phone 7 Jump Start: Session One – Getting Started with Microsoft Windows Phone 7 and Silverlight

Join us on July 20 2010 at 8.00 am PDT for an three-hour Office Live Meeting broadcast.

Windows Phone 7 promises to be an amazing mobile phone operating system given its innovative user interface and functionality, as well as its great development platform upon which you can quickly and easily build games and applications.

This course is organized into four virtual instructor-led sessions that are of 3-hour duration. They will be presented by forthcoming MS Press authors and MVP’s, Andy Wigley and Rob Miles. It will provide developers a jump start for developing Windows Phone 7 applications. Labs will be completed offline with office hour access to the instructors.

This session is the first of 4 sessions. Please register for all 4 in order to complete this training.

July 20th
Session Two: Programming Game Applications with XNA

July 22nd
Session Three: Programming Applications with Silverlight
Session Four: Review and Wrap Up

Seems like a fun time and you can't beat the price. Go here for more info and to register!

[Via E's PhoneBlog; Thanks, Jonne]

 

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4 years ago

Microsoft announces Windows Phone Live

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Microsoft has announced a new companion site for Windows Phone users, Windows Phone Live.  The new service sounds a lot like the KIN Studio but with more gusto. The "Find My Phone" resembles the security features "MyPhone" has but are slated to be free. MyPhone currently charges if these services are used.

In describing the new website at Microsoft's Windows Phone blog,

"..the new Windows Phone Live companion site that gives people a central place to see pictures they’ve published, view their Windows Live calendar and contacts, exchange OneNote files and access other information shared between the phone and the Web. The site will offer 25GB of SkyDrive and host the Find My Phone service, which allows people to find and manage a missing phone with map, ring, lock and erase capabilities right from your PC – and all for free."

There is a question of when Windows Phone Live will become available. Windowsphone.live.com is already an active URL. However, when you sign into the site with your Windows Live ID you recieve a notice that "No Windows Phone 7 Detected", then redirected to windowsphone.com.  This is a good sign that the services should be available when Windows Phone 7 launches later this year.

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4 years ago

About this week's podcast ...

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About this week's podcast ...

We had a hell of a WMExperts Podcast Monday night. If you missed the live show, well, you missed it. Because of a technical glitch (erm, or somebody -- erm, me -- pushing the wrong button), all but the first 10 minutes were lost. And while the first 10 minutes were pretty good, it's the middle half-hour where we really got going, and the last 10 minutes that were set to make us all stars. Really. They were that good.

So our apologies as you have to go another week without your dosage of Malatesta and yours truly. As soon as Mal recovers from the shock of losing the greatest podcast in the history of podcasts and is able to feed and bathe himself again, we'll be right back atcha. (Chances are that'll be by next Monday night at 7 p.m. EDT/4 p.m. PDT.) See you then.

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4 years ago

Review: OtterBox Commuter Series Case for AT&T Tilt 2

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Review: OtterBox Commuter Series Case for AT&T Tilt 2

One of the first accessories that I purchase for any smart phone that I’ve ever owned is a case to protect my new investment. I’ve mentioned before that choosing a case for your phone is very similar to the process of choosing the phone itself. A large part of the decision is based on your lifestyle and how you use your device.

OtterBox makes some of the most rugged cell phone cases on the market, though they sometimes sacrifice in the portability/usability department. The OtterBox Commuter Series case makes a reasonable compromise between protection and usability.

 

Pros: 
Tough Case. Nice Fit.
Cons: 
Power button hard to access
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4 years ago

AT&T gifting Microcells?

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AT&T gifting Microcells?

AT&T wireless customers are getting complimentary Microcells? It sounded too good to be true but we were seeing reports over the weekend that AT&T was handing out the Microcells to a  few fortunate AT&T customers.  Apparently, letters were sent out thanking customers for their patronage and invited them to the local AT&T store for a FREE 3G Microcell. 

Speculation as to why AT&T was giving away free Microcells ranged from an attempt to retain customers with soon to expire contracts to attracting iPhone customers to stick around in light of the persistent rumors another carrier will get the iPhone.

Curious as to how one would go about getting on such a mailing list, we received an official statement from AT&T that reads,

"AT&T's 3G Microcell is designed for the very small percentage of our customers who have wireless voice coverage challenges inside their home. While the product is now available to customers nationwide, we are conducting trials in two markets on the most effective way to introduce this product to customers for whom it was designed."

Just as with the initial trials, it appears that these lucky customers are simply part of a marketing research group. No conspiracy to get contracts renewed or entice iPhone owners to stick around, just marketing research.  Regardless of the reasoning, the free Microcell does serve as a nice bonus (it works like a charm) for those who received the letter.

Update: Just got word from AT&T that the free Microcells are being sent out on a very limited basis.  According to the revised statement, "AT&T's 3G Microcell is designed for the very small percentage of our customers who have wireless voice coverage challenges inside their home. While the product is now available to customers nationwide, we are conducting very limited trials on the most effective way to introduce this product to customers for whom it was designed."  Not much new with the updated statement other than the odds of getting a free Microcell just greatly reduced.

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4 years ago

Updated Windows Phone Developer Tools Beta now available

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4 years ago

Marketplace Spotlight: Cadorian Astrosky

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4 years ago

Reminder: Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference 2010--stream it!

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For those of you folks who want to check out the things Microsoft will be talking about this week at their "Worldwide Partner Conference 2010" (WPC10), you can stream the keynote speeches right here.

Of interest to us will be Brandon Watson’s reported keynote at 2pm EST, where of course Windows Phone 7 will be discussed.

We'll do up a summary afterwords for those who can't watch it live. We're hoping to hear more of these unannounced consumer features alluded to recently and maybe some other surprises.

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4 years ago

Firefox Mobile still not coming to WP7

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Mozilla's Director of Developer Relations, Christopher Blizzard, sat down with Gizmodo to discuss Firefox's mobile browser (formerly known as Fennec). Blizzard took the opportunity to reaffirm the company isn't developing for Windows Phones. This isn't anything new but it's more so how Mr. Blizzard make the affirmation that caught our attention.

"[On Windows Phone 7] they said, 'You can use stuff in Silverlight if you want, but you have to come through our app store, and we get to veto.' We're not going to bother. They're gonna ship some version of IE, which is gonna be terrible..."

We will assume "they" is Microsoft.  In referring to Windows Mobile Blizzard said,

"We were going to do Windows Mobile because Windows Mobile really needed a good browser, but they shut down their platform.".

We can't blame for Mr. Blizzard presenting Mozilla's mobile browser as the best thing since sliced bread but there are good browsers out there for the Windows Phone. Skyfire and Opera come to mind.

So, can a Windows Phone 7 ever survive without Mozilla's mobile browser? Are the current crop of browsers on Windows Mobile that bad? Personally, I think Mr. Blizzard is well off the mark. How about you?

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4 years ago

Bing for Windows Phones Quietly Updated

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It looks like Microsoft has updated Bing for Windows Phones, though what the update provides isn’t immediately clear. Microsoft’s download site shows the "Date Published" as 7/1/2010. My Bing version went from 5.1.2010.5040 to 5.1.2010.6280.

The last update we saw to Bing was the big one back in May that gave us turn-by-turn navigation with voice prompts. Grab the download from Microsoft, and let us know if you see anything new and improved.

Thanks to Muirwoody in the WMExperts forums for getting us looking.

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4 years ago

Yet another 'expert' analyst predicts Microsoft's demise in the mobile market

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No doubt the media seems to be riding Microsoft pretty hard these days, especially with the KIN situation which was a divide that should have stayed behind doors at the company. Throw in the supposedly influential, yet sketchy world, of "analysts" and you have a perfect storm of just bad media complete with regurgitation.

The latest comes from 'Gerson Lehrman Group' the "most valuable NYC company no one outside of Wall Street has ever heard of." which means of course you're suppose to take them seriously, even though like most things tied to Wall Street it has the academic research chops of a fourth grade show-n-tell project.

In an "article" (we use the term loosely here) called "Microsoft's Mobile Demise" who's main prediction is that "It is highly likely that after the KIN fiasco, Microsoft will exit the mobile OS space within the next year.", it is put forth that Microsoft blew their cred with KIN and that Windows Phone 7 just won't deliver. Full of assumptions, lack of context, splash of straw man and no data and you have yourself some headline making material that lacks any substance.

Here's a fact: even if WP7 doesn't sell well at first, Microsoft won't fold shop because they are stubborn as heck with tons of money to throw at the problem. The Xbox market is a perfect example, with them notoriously writing off $1B in repairs for the dreaded 'Red Ring of Death" hardware failures, or even just taking a loss on hardware sales for years just to gain market place strength. KIN was so unknown, distanced from WP7 and under the radar that no will be talking about it in 6-months, which is precisely why it was "killed" now.

Sure Microsoft has a huge hill to climb, but to predict their exit from the market in a year? That takes cajones. And to have such poor "analysis" passed off on such a supposed influential financial consulting site/expert network is sort of insulting.

Sound off in comments.

[Thanks, Anon tipper]

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4 years ago

Review: Sportypal

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Review: Sportypal

Sportypal is outdoor exercise tracking application for your Windows Phone. Sportypal tracks activities such as running, cycling, hiking, skiing, and horseback riding. It collects performance measures from each activity, logs them on your Windows Phone and gives you the ability to upload the sessions to an online component.

To see how well SportyPal stacks up, ease on past the break.

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4 years ago

Marketplace Spotlight: Midomi - Hold Off on publishing

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