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Tuesday, 27.10.09
AVAILABILITY: HTC releases Windows Mobile 6.5 Upgrade for the HTC Touch Diamond2
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As promised and after releasing the first Windows Mobile 6.5 upgrades for the HTC Touch Pro2 and the HTC Snap, HTC has finally released the long awaited HTC Touch Diamond2 Windows Mobile 6.5 upgrades for Germany, Denmark, UK, Sweden, Norway and Portugal. As the name says, it's not a Windows Mobile 6.1 update but the full Windows Mobile 6.1 to 6.5 upgrade which makes the HTC Touch Diamond2 a Windows phone, including new features like native support of Microsoft My Phone and Windows Marketplace for Mobile. Windows phone enables powerful messaging, browsing and productivity capabilities delivered through Windows Mobile 6.5.

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Wednesday, 21.10.09
DISCOUNT: Get each SoftMaker Office 2008 Program for less than 10 Euro and US$
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:07 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While Windows Mobile Professional's Office Mobile is good enough for every day use, it's far away from being the productivity-tool its counterpart is on the PC and Mac. Nevertheless, there's a powerful alternative to it: Office 2008 (which includes TextMaker 2008, PlanMaker 2008 and SoftMaker Presentations 2008) by German SoftMaker. And if you wish to work on Word, Excel, or PowerPoint files under Windows Mobile Professional, without risking the loss of formatting or content, SoftMaker Office 2008 is the only choice. And now, SoftMaker just announced that from today until 11.11. all SoftMaker's Office 2008 programs are being offered for a special low price!

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RUMOR: Is this what Microsoft's Windows Mobile 7 could finally be?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:06 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While Windows Mobile 6.5 was just introduced as Windows phone into the market, it's known that Microsoft is already working on its follower. And now, WMExperts and have received screenshot mock-ups of a Windows Mobile version which is said to represent Windows Mobile 7. As a matter of fact, the general look and feel, with battery and signal indicator at the bottom, still look like what we have seen from earlier Windows Mobile 7 leaks already, and therefore the comparison between today's Windows Mobile 6.5 applications and the expected Windows Mobile 7 applications is even more interesting.

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Wednesday, 14.10.09
UPCOMING: TouchTwit - a new Twitter client for Windows Phones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:37 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Not yet released but currently at the Windows Marketplace for certification, there's a new promising looking Windows Mobile Twitter client coming: TouchTwit. TouchTwit is a thumb optimized and feature-rich Twitter client for touchscreen Windows phones, featuring multiple Twitter accounts, rich text timelines as well as allow users to manage conversations with @replies and direct messages. Furthermore it can show your location via GPS and is able to capture and record photos and videos which can be uploaded, straight from the application. It allows to follow and unfollow users, to delete tweets as well as see Twitters trends and view photos fullscreen.

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Tuesday, 13.10.09
AVAILABILITY: First Windows Mobile 6.5 Upgrades running-in [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:54 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following last week's official Windows Mobile 6.5 launch under the new Windows phone brand, the first ODMs and carriers have started to role-out the promised operating system upgrades. Hot on the heels, HTC today released the promised Windows Mobile 6.5 upgrades for the HTC Touch Pro2 and the HTC Snap. Nevertheless, not yet released is the upgrade for the HTC Touch Diamond2.
Already last week, T-Mobile Germany released the Windows phone update for the T-Mobile MDA Compact V and the T-Mobile MDA Vario V.

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Thursday, 08.10.09
FEEDBACK: Microsoft answers to the Marketplace for Mobile localization issue
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:37 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Together with the worldwide Windows Mobile 6.5 (now better known as Windows phone) launch on Tuesday, Microsoft also launched its Windows Marketplace for Mobile, which gives Windows phone users an easy to access and preinstalled localized online shopping resource for Windows Mobile applications! However, Windows Marketplace for Mobile comes with some developer restrictions which also hits the end-user hard. With the initial Windows Marketplace registration, developers have access to one localized Marketplace only and every extra localization (or country - however you want) costs the developer an extra fee of US$ 10.

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Wednesday, 07.10.09
ADVERTISING: Microsoft to push Windows Phone with its own TV Campaign
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:54 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

One of my favorite topics was and is how Microsoft is standing behind its own smartphone operating system and there's no doubt - Microsoft is still believing in Windows Mobile what is known since yesterday as Windows phone. And when Microsoft unveiled Windows phone back in February, the company opened the event with a "Start your Windows Phone" video which had the potential to become a TV spot. However, unlike Apple, Nokia, Sony Ericsson or Samsung, Microsoft isn't manufacturing and selling its own phone but it's just selling the operating system and services around to carriers and handset manufactures.

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Tuesday, 06.10.09
LAUNCH: HTC announces Windows Phone Windows Mobile 6.5 upgrades
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:17 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

In addition to the HTC HD2 launch, HTC today also announced its first mobile phones to include the latest Windows Mobile 6.5 software. In addition to the new HTC HD2 and Touch2, newly purchased HTC Touch Diamond2 and HTC Touch Pro2 will include Windows Mobile 6.5 while upgrades will be offered to existing customers that previously purchased the Touch Diamond2 or Touch Pro2 phones. Each handset boasts its own sleek and stylish design and utilizes full touchscreen controls to bring the rich Windows phone experience to life, including Microsoft's new My Phone service and Windows Marketplace for Mobile.

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LAUNCH: HTC announces the launch of HTC HD2 Windows Phone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:04 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Previously known as the "HTC Leo", HTC today unveiled the HTC HD2, the first Windows phone with HTC Sense, a customer experience focused on putting people at the centre by making their phones work in a more simple, natural and personal way. With its industry leading, high-resolution, 4.3" capacitive touch display, the ultra thin HTC HD2 delivers more visible content in a sharper, brighter and richer way. The HD2 uses the first capacitive touch display on a Windows phone to make viewing, zooming and resizing websites, Microsoft Office files, PDF documents and pictures easier with just a pinch of your fingers. The large display also enables faster, more efficient and accurate typing using the onscreen keyboard.

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LAUNCH: Microsoft unveils new Windows Mobile 6.5 Windows Phones worldwide
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:31 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Microsoft today announced the availability of a new line of Windows® phones around the world that are available in a broad range of styles and prices. With a Windows phone, people can navigate their phone easily with the touch of a finger1 and browse the Internet on a great mobile browser. People can also connect to two new services that allow them to back up and share data from their phone to the Web and buy a variety of useful applications from the Windows Marketplace for Mobile. Microsoft expects partners to deliver more than 30 new phones in more than 20 countries by the end of 2009.

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EXPANDED: Microsoft enhances My Phone with Premium Features
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:07 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While the Microsoft My Phone service for Windows Mobile is still in maintenance mode and not reachable during the system upgrade, Microsoft unveiled that it will be re-launched later today with new premium features - namely "Find your missing phone", "Share photos to leading social networking sites" and "Lock your lost phone". While Microsoft will continue to offer the free version as well, the premium version will be available as a free 60 days trial. After, it will cost US$ 4.99. Furthermore, Microsoft notes that not all mobile operators do not support the premium features. However, Microsoft provides an info to check the supported mobile operators for your country.

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LAUNCH: What's new in Microsoft's Windows Mobile 6.5 Windows Phone?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:45 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today is the day Microsoft is worldwide launching Windows Mobile 6.5, Microsoft's latest smartphone OS the company announced back in February during the Mobile World Congress. Unlike the earlier Windows Mobile versions, which were just called Windows Mobile, version 6.5 also gets a new commercial name and will be on sale under the new Windows phone brand. However, Windows Mobile 6.5 hasn't only received a new brand name but it also received significant enhancements to business productivity, consumer messaging and the mobile Internet.

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Monday, 05.10.09
AVAILABLE: Microsoft Marketplace for Windows Phone launches ahead of Windows Mobile 6.5
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:20 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While Windows Mobile 6.5 is just launched tomorrow as Windows phone and Microsoft My Phone is currently down for maintenance, Microsoft today launched Windows Marketplace for Mobile already. Microsoft Marketplace allows for searching, browsing and purchasing mobile applications from Windows phones (or soon from a PC). The new marketplace will be included with all Windows phones based on Windows Mobile 6.5, which will help consumers to easily find, install and experience those applications that fit their needs and make the phone truly personal. It's featuring free and paid apps and is available in localized versions already.

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OFFICIAL: AT&T and HTC debut the HTC Tilt 2 and HTC PURE Windows Phones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:32 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Ahead of Microsoft's official Windows Mobile 6.5 launch tomorrow, AT&T and HTC today announced the upcoming availability of the HTC Tilt 2 and the HTC PURE with Windows Mobile 6.5. The HTC PURE delivers a touch screen experience in an alluring, compact form factor, and the HTC Tilt 2 features the convenience of a tilting touch screen combined with the practicality of a slide out full QWERTY keyboard.
Powered by the nation's fastest 3G network and the Windows phone platform, the HTC Tilt 2 and HTC PURE deliver an enhanced TouchFLO 3D interface on a large vibrant touch screen that makes navigation intuitive and rich while enabling smooth access to desktop like web browsing.

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Saturday, 03.10.09
SERVICE: Microsoft My Phone Update ahead
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:47 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

In a blog posting and E-Mail to Microsoft My Phone customers, Microsoft just announced that due to a system update, My Phone won't be available from October 5th to October 6th (15:00 h GMT). Now we have to keep in mind that My Phone will become part of Windows Mobile 6.5 which is going to launch on October 6th with press conferences around the world at 15:00 h GMT. While Microsoft hasn't given any further details yet, the company said that neither the access to the My Phone website nor the synchronization between the service and the Windows Mobile clients will be possible during the system update.

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Friday, 02.10.09
RUMOR: T-Mobile UK and O2 UK to launch the HTC Leo Touch HD2 Windows Mobile Smartphone?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:14 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Looks like both - T-Mobile UK and O2 UK - will launch the HTC Leo as the HTC Touch HD2 (T-Mobile) and HTC HD2 (O2) pretty soon. At least photos of some marketing stuff made it to the Internet recently. While the HTC Leo isn't official yet, it could be expected that HTC will officially announce its latest Windows Mobile phone (and most likely first capacitive touchscreen smartphone) next week when Windows Mobile 6.5 is officially launched. It's expected that HTC's new flagship smartphone will run on Windows Mobile 6.5 and will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8250B CPU at 1 GHz.

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Thursday, 01.10.09
AXED: Microsoft discontinues Recite Voice Technology Preview for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:52 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Back in February, Microsoft announced the public availability of Recite Technology Preview. Microsoft Recite was a search technology for your voice that ran on Windows Mobile 6.0 and higher devices. With Microsoft Recite, you can use your voice to easily store, search and retrieve the things you want to remember, where and when you need them. However, yesterday the Recite team announced on the project page, that Microsoft Recite will be discontinued by end of this year. According to this announcement, Microsoft will no longer be offering the Microsoft Recite Technology Preview as of December 31, 2009. After this date you will no longer be able to access Microsoft Recite from your mobile phone.

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UPDATE: SPB Mobile Shell 3.5 - the world's best-selling Windows Mobile GUI gets even better
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:45 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

On Tuesday, SPB Software officially announced the release of SPB Mobile Shell 3.5 for Windows Mobile at a press event in Taipei, Taiwan. SPB Mobile Shell has been publicly recognized as the best-selling mobile application across all smartphone platforms for three consecutive years: 2007, 2008 and 2009. By encapsulating support for gravity sensors and 3D hardware accelerators, the new version offers a thrilling, easy and fun to use interaction model with eye-catching 3D visual effects. For example, browsing email and text messages unfolds an intuitive animation offering both natural and engaging user experience.

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