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4 years ago

Chat with Microsoft about Windows Mobile 6.5

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One of the events at today's Microsoft Open House was a sit-down chat with Elizabeth Sloan, Senior Marketing Manager for Windows Mobile.

Not a whole lot of secrets were spilled and we were certainly not expecting any (Project Pink? No comment). Still, it's nice to hear the ideas behind the decisions of Windows Mobile 6.5, the branding, the Marketplace, etc. Here is a brief recap of some of the things discussed:

  • The three screens approach: PC, Web & Phone — we've heard Ballmer talk about this and it is the guiding philosophy behind all of their devices/services going forward
  • Marketplace offers a full refund within 24 hours if you do not like the program you purchased
  • We will be hearing a "steady drumbeat" of announcements from Microsoft over the next few months
  • 30 Windows phones, in 3 months — more later
  • OS version numbers are bad — getting away from that approach
  • Sorry about the no-carrier updates, but they operate on their own schedule — Microsoft takes a hands-off approach when dealing with the carriers — nothing is mandated by Microsoft, not even GPS or hardware.  OEMs? Starting to look like a different story obviously
  • 200-plus program in Marketplace today — huge focus and emphasis on quality, rigorous testing and high standards. Microsoft works closely with the developers
  • Focusing on consumer now that the business end is solid; also the consumer/professional is the same person = one phone

For my Twitter followers, I tried to ask some of your questions, or others did, but of course, no comment (though she would love to tell us). All in all Microsoft is pretty proud of WM6.5 as it should be — it's a darn solid OS and the new services are top-notch.

And thanks, Elizabeth, for a great Windows Mobile open house!

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4 years ago

Video: Windows Marketplace for Mobile

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4 years ago

HTC HD2 coming to the U.S. after all!

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Looks like all of us who said the HTC HD2 had no chance of coming to the United States were flat-out wrong. According to Slashgear:

Perhaps best of all, HTC CEO Peter Chou has confirmed that HTC will be offering a US 3G version of the HD2 in Q1 2010.

Rejoice, rejoice! We can pretty much rule out Verizon, most likely, because it just launched the HTC Imagio. And AT&T just put out the Pure. That leaves two ...

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4 years ago

Review: AT&T Pure

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Review: AT&T Pure

 

AT&T has a habit of occasionally pulling rabbits out of hats. The Samsung Jack came out of left field with very little advanced notice, and it appears AT&T has followed the same tradition by pushing out the AT&T Pure with a mere three days' advance notice.

The Pure is AT&T's version of HTC's Touch Diamond 2.  We've already looked at the European version of the Touch Diamond 2 and we were interest to see how well AT&T adapted this Windows phone to the U.S. market. The Pure is an impressive Windows phone but some already have written it off because of one missing feature.

Follow the break to see what the AT&T Pure has offer and if it can overcome that one missing feature.

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4 years ago

HTC officially announces the HD2, but it's not coming to the U.S.

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The HTC HD2, aka the Leo, has been one of the worst-kept secrets out there, and HTC pulled the covers off it this morning. Unfortunately we're not looking at a U.S. release, so we'll have to gaze at the massive 4.3-inch screen, 1GHz Snapdragon processor and honest-to-goodness Sense UI, as first seen on Android, from afar.

The HD2 will be available "later this month across Europe."

Full presser after the break.

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4 years ago

Windows Mobile open house liveblog

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4 years ago

Verizon Imagio now available online

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That's right, folks. For $199 after two-year contract and rebate, you, too, can have your very own Verizon Imagio, with it's 3.6-inch screen and Windows Mobile 6.5 goodness. Act now, because if it's anywhere near as popular as the Touch Pro 2 has been for Verizon (it's currently out of stock), you could find yourself waiting for a while. And if you want to pick one up in a Verizon store, you're going to have to wait until Oct. 20 anyway.

Verizon Wireless

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4 years ago

Windows Mobile 6.5 Review, The Age of the Windows Phone

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Christmas in October? Some Windows Mobile fans may see it that way with the curtain finally raising on Windows Mobile 6.5, Windows Marketplac for Mobile and My Phone. Sprinkle in a few new phones and some will feel like kids at Christmas.

But was Windows Mobile 6.5 worth the wait? And what's the deal with re-branding to "Windows phone?" Windows Mobile 6.5 has been a staple ingredient with homemade or cooked ROMs for a while now. Does that take a excitement out of the "official" version of Windows Mobile 6.5?

For some, the launch of Windows Mobile 6.5 may very well be a non-event. But it marks the beginning of a journey for Windows Mobile and a new approach to mobile computing with the Windows Phone.

Come along after the break for our thoughts on the launch, an outline of what's new with Windows Mobile 6.5, and a little more on the "Windows phone" concept.

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4 years ago

Microsoft re- launches MyPhone

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Microsoft re- launches MyPhone

Microsoft's My Phone has been in open beta for several months now. With today's Windows Mobile 6.5 launch, My Phone emerges with a few new features.

For those not familiar with My Phone, it is a mostly (details in a second) free, over-the-air backup system for your Windows phone. According to Microsoft, My Phone "is a service that helps users organize information, back up data and share information more easily between the Web and Windows phones."

With the official launch of My Phone, Microsoft has added a few more features to the service beyond being a backup system. Follow the break for information on My Phone as well as the new features.

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4 years ago

Tilt 2 on AT&T's Premiere Site; available to all on Oct. 8th?

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Still no word on a release date, but the AT&T Tilt 2 has found its way onto AT&T's Premiere Web site, which is for customers with corporate affiliations. The Tilt 2 is being advertised for $349.99 which is slightly higher than the reported retail price (not uncommon for the Premiere Site). The Tilt 2 is listed as "Prelaunch" which we can only assume is the same as "Pre-Order." 

And to fan that flame a little more, the Boy Genius Report snagged some internal slides from AT&T and says the Tilt 2 will be available Oct. 8 -- that's this Thursday.  If true, we definitely won't complain if AT&T confused "a couple of weeks" with "a couple of days" in their original press release.

Tip o' the hat to Wayne for the tip.

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4 years ago

Blueant Q1 BT Headset Winner!

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Blueant Q1 BT Headset Winner!

Congratulations goes out to pinguino1 who is the winner of our Blueant Q1 Headset Giveaway!  Pingquino1's winning post was randomly selected from over one hundred entries. An email is being frantically sent with instructions on how Pingquino can claim his prize!

We'd like to thank everyone who participated by posting comments and don't give up hope.  We think Dieter's going out of town in a few days and we'll try to sneak some goodies out of the store to giveaway in the coming weeks.

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4 years ago

WinMo 6.5/Marketplace launch livetweet

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4 years ago

Coming up Tuesday: WinMo 6.5 liveblog

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4 years ago

Microsoft's Project Pink rumored to be DOA

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On the eve of the biggest concerted launch we've seen from Microsoft's mobile side since, well, ever, comes a bit of less than optimistic rumor about the fabled "Pink" project. Mobile Crunch cites an anonymous source that spells out major trouble in the Pink camp.

Supposedly:

  • A good chunk of the original Sidekick team picked up in the Danger acquisition has been fired or left.
  • Third-party support is next to nil.
  • There's much dissent in the ranks, including rampant iPhone use.
  • The project is two years behind schedule.
  • The Turtle is a piece of junk. (our words, their sentiment)
  • Microsoft didn't develop the UI, and the team is struggling to replicate it.
  • Mobile Crunch's source says the project “is near death and probably will be canceled.”

So basically what this source is saying is that things were in shambles (now there's something new for Windows Mobile) and that the Sidekick was bought out and is going the way of the dinosaur. We discussed Project Pink at length on the WMExperts Podcast a couple of weeks ago and kept coming to the same conclusion: If Windows Mobile 7 is going to be as Zuneriffic (my word ... Don't worry, it'll catch on) and consumer-friendly as we hope, does Microsoft really need to split its lines again with whatever the Turtle and Pure were/are going to be? This could well be Microsoft converging ideas, and sour grapes over somebody being left out.

And another thing: We're discussing a pair of unannounced, leaked devices that are part of an unannounced, highly rumored project. This isn't like Palm killing the Foleo.

The death of the Sidekick line would be a bummer to a lot of people (save for Perez Hilton). But if Windows Mobile 7 turns out anything like we've been dreaming about (and we mean that more literally for, erm, some of us), we have a feeling that in due time, nobody will remember a couple of unannounced devices that might not see the light of day anyway.

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4 years ago

Windows Mobile 6.5/Marketplace launch day: What we're expecting to see

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Tomorrow's the day. After months and months of waiting after Windows Mobile 6.5 was announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Microsoft's work comes to fruition, with a massive worldwide launch of the new operating system, new phones, and new (or not so new) services from Microsoft.

We'll be there live in New York City for the whole shebang, so be sure to check in Tuesday morning. In the meantime, join us after the break for a brief primer of what we're expecting.

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