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4 years ago

Review: SoftMaker Office 2008

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Review: SoftMaker Office 2008

One of the best things about writing for this website is when I write up a review, and post it; only to have a whole bunch of people post comments about another product that is unquestionably a more complete package. The review that I’m referring to was the one that I posted on Documents to Go Premium, which is an upgraded Office package over what is included in Windows Mobile. You guys, who are obviously Windows Mobile Experts yourselves, pointed us in the direction of SoftMaker Office 2008; which I’ve heard good things about from a number of different sources since that little nudge.

On to the review, you know where to go.

 

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4 years ago

Follow-up Review: AT&T Pure's Camera

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Follow-up Review: AT&T Pure's Camera

While we've taken a look at AT&T's new Windows phone, the Pure, we only skimmed the surface on the phone's 5.0-megapixel camera.

We've taken a look at the Touch Pro 2's 3.2MP camera on Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon. These cameras yielded nice results, but we were curious how the bump in pixels would effect image quality.

Where does the AT&T Pure's camera fall? Hit the link and follow the break to read our impressions of the Pure's camera along with some sample photos.

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4 years ago

Wrap-up: Windows Mobile 6.5, Windows phone and where we go from here

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Windows Mobile 6.5 is out the door. Windows Marketplace for Mobile is open for business. New phones — "Windows phones" — are here, or on the way.

Now that the dust has settled, let's take a look back at the past week and evaluate what exactly we got from Microsoft, whether it met expectations, or if it's too little too late.

Join us after the break.

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4 years ago

Sprint Intrepid now available online

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4 years ago

Shazam (aka MusicID) Soon to be Available in Marketplace

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It was first on a select few devices, then ripped and pirated for the masses, then rescinded under DMCA notices, but now MusicID has returned as Shazam and it is now legally available under Windows Marketplace for Mobile (although it hasn't showed up in our listings yet).

For a non-whopping (and oddly priced) $4.69 you can have unlimited music identification on your Windows phone, or use the free version which is limited to 5 IDs a month.  You are also treated to a full 7-day trial.  All of which we think is worth it.

(Anyone else notice their old MusicID doesn't work anymore or is it just us?)

See the official press release.

[via Tech Kritik]

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4 years ago

The evolution of Windows Mobile

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4 years ago

Slide shows Windows Mobile 7 RTM in spring

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It appears that Windows Mobile 7 may still be on track for the first half (or so) of 2010, according to a post on msftkitchen (formerly UXEvangelist) regarding Office Mobile 2010.

The side you see above points to an RTM (release to manufacturing) date of spring2010 for Windows Mobile 7. ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley chimes in that that's six months or so behind other WM7 dates we've seen, but that Microsoft may be able to speed things up a bit.

And we totally agree with Stephen in that the UI shots we see here likely are just old mockups. We wouldn't expect to see them actually in Windows Mobile 7 in this exact sense, no matter when it's released.

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4 years ago

Ballmer and Team Got a Pay Cut This Year

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Everyone is hurting this year and even the head-honchos at Microsoft have received a small cut in pay as a result. That would Ballmer & Liddell and the rock stars Bach-Elop-Turner Overdrive.

Sure the numbers are all over the place: base salary went up slightly while cash incentive payments went down and lets face it, Ballmer is far from poor as a result.

Still, as the article points out some of the base salary was set before the economic downturn and more importantly, Microsoft has a considerably low base salary for all their executives when compared to some other industries, ahem. Instead, their real income is through stock options and therefore tied directly to company performance, which we think makes sense and all.

We're just glad we guess that Microsoft seems relatively down to earth in terms of executive compensation.  There, we said something nice.  Now can someone please take care of our ridiculous college loans?  Thanks!

[Source: Seattle Times]

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4 years ago

Armani-Samsung Windows phone finally a reality

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The White Whale! The White Whale! After an early false start, followed by an early outing by the Bluetooth SIG, the Armani-Samsung Windows phone has arrived.

As it happens when you get a designer phone, you get a designer price. A little more thatn $1,000 gets you a sliding QWERTY Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional phone with a 3.5-inch tilting AMOLED display, a 5-megapixel camera, 8GB on board, GPS, MicroSD, you know, all the usuals.

And Microsoft's making this launch into a Big Deal, with none other than CEO Steve Ballmer on hand. Peep the videos after the break.

Reuters via Engadget Mobile

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4 years ago

iSuppli: 'Reports of Windows Mobile's death are greatly exaggerated'

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No doubt lots of people are clamoring at the notion that "Windows Mobile is dead" (evidently this crew has moved on from mocking Palm) and what with Motorola on WM hiatus, Palm parting ways, the eternal delay of WM7 and the perhaps too-little-to-late Windows Mobile 6.5, it is easy to see why.

On the other hand there is the stark reality: Microsoft has a lot of licensees (14 to be exact), including most recently LG, which is committed to a reported 50 devices in the next few years. HTC has lots of hits with its Touch series and their increase in market power is unrelenting.

To back this up, iSuppli, which performs market analysis, came out with a report stating that though Microsoft is down right now, it is poised for a strong comeback. It is predicting "a 15.3 percent share of the global market in 2013, second only to the Symbian operating system, which will control 47.6 percent." Basically they're going to bounce from No. 2 to No. 3 this year and back to second-place by 2012.

Expanding on this, Tina Teng, a senior analyst at iSuppli, goes on to correctly note

“To win in today’s environment, a company needs not only an operating system but also device support, an application store, a broad portfolio of applications and support from the developer community. While Windows Mobile is losing some share to competitors in 2009, most of the alternatives cannot match Microsoft’s complete suite of offerings.”

This isn't too hard to fathom either with Ballmer revamping the Windows Mobile team and making it the second top priority for the company. Heck, look at all the Live services (Bing, Mesh, MyPhone), tech previews (Recite, Deepfish), Marketplace, the Chassis-1 specifications, the Orion project, TellMe, gesture navigation, non-touch gestures/Side Sight, Silverlight, free automagic-ness and Windows Mobile 7 looks to be a monster OS with very advanced technology. Now combine all of that with 14 hardware manufacturers, market presence, integration with Windows 7, Xbox and that Zune HD thing. Ka-ching.

Microsoft has all the pieces, now it just has to merge them all into a unified and compelling OS.  One year from now we thing will be very interesting times.

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4 years ago

Review Glympse (GPS Tracking) Freeware

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Review Glympse (GPS Tracking) Freeware

I discovered Glympse by using the new Windows Marketplace for Mobile, which goes to show you just how powerful that piece of software is going to be.

In short, Glympse is a free, easy to use, no strings attached application that allows certain contacts you select to track your location/travels in timed increments.  Think of it this way: say you are taking a road trip to visit some friends and you think you'll be there by 4:30pm.  Well, with Glympse your friends can see exactly where you are on that trip without bothering you (i.e.getting that call while driving "How much longer do you think?").

I gave this app a quick spin and came away impressed.  It's both visually appealing, simple, effective and kind of fun to use. Best part is there is no signing up, enrolling or hoops to jump through.  All the other person needs is an email/sms account and access to the internet to click a hyperlink.

Take a look after the jump to see it in action and how it works.

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4 years ago

Hands-On with the Samsung Omnia 2 (GSM)

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Hands-On with the Samsung Omnia 2 (GSM)

Oh, hello Samsung Omnia 2, how are you? We're really digging the AMOLED screen (at least we are on the indoor-show floor), which is plenty responsive. The 800x480 is quite nice too, but the rich and deep colors are the real show here. You can take a look at Sammy's cube interface in the quick vid above, but it's more flash than substance.

8 gigs of storage, 256 megs of RAM, an 800MHz processor, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS, and yes, that 8 megapixel camera round out the specs on this device. This is the version with Windows Mobile 6.5, which is to say it's the GSM version, which is to say that the Verizon version is currently running WinMo 6.1. ...Which is to say that all things considered, it's best to avoid thinking about the that particular stumble by taking a gander at the handful of photos after the break.

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4 years ago

HTC HD2 promo video

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4 years ago

WinMo 6.5 update list ... updated

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