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Friday, 29.01.10
RUMOR: Windows Mobile 7 User Experience Elements unveiled by Microsoft UX Designer?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:41 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

It's not exactly known how close the UX concepts and flows bellow are coming to whatever Windows Mobile 7 might look like but Microsoft Kitchen found some interesting information from a freelance UX designer who notes in his LinkedIn profile, that he worked for "Microsoft on UX Design for Windows Mobile 7 from March 2009 to December 2009". On his website, Jeremiah Whitaker published some examples of his work and under UX he's noticing, that "NDA dictates I keep this vague. For a leading cell platform I created UX flows of common controls and usages. After client review I created flash demos. Those demo's were then reviewed and passed on to SectionSeven development to create interactive prototypes".

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Thursday, 28.01.10
EVENTS: What has Microsoft in the Pipeline that requires 1 Press Conference & 2 Analyst Briefings? [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:23 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

It's somewhat clear now that Microsoft will show something new, something different at next month's Mobile World Congress and this can't be the Windows Mobile 6.5.3 refresh only but it must be something different. Doesn't matter if it is "Windows Mobile 7", "Project Pink" or the "Zune Phone", it has to be something great because otherwise Microsoft would have a press conference on Monday the 15th, followed by "Microsoft financial analyst briefing" the same day with a dedicated "Windows Mobile financial conference call" seven days later. I'm not aware that Microsoft ever had three so important Windows Mobile (funny enough that it's not called "Windows phone") events within 7 days only.

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Wednesday, 27.01.10
UPDATE: Sling Media releases finger-friendly SlingPlayer Mobile 2.0 for Windows Phones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While Sling Media's SlingPlayer Mobile for Windows Mobile was the company's first mobile SlingPlayer client for its famous Slingboxes, it came into its years since the initial SlingPlayer Mobile 1.0 for Windows Mobile was pretty stylus-centric and Sling Media already showed-off - how a nice looking finger-friendly GUI could look when the company released its Apple iPhone/iPod Touch SlingPlayer Mobile. Now, after months of work, Sling Media released its SlingPlayer Mobile 2.0 for Windows Mobile 6.x touchscreen-based Professional smartphones which features a similar, finger friendly GUI by not cutting-off any of the Windows Mobile features including native streaming over 3G wireless networks.

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RUMOR: Zune ready for International Prime Time? Latest Zune Player comes Language Localized! [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:20 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following yesterday's news that the recent Zune player software update features an indication for phone devices support, the new Zune player software carries another secret: It's language localized! While Microsoft has neither unveiled any plans yet to sell its Zune hardware outside the U.S. nor is the Zune player software available from the German Zune.net website, it can be downloaded from the U.S. English website anyway. However, if the Zune player software is installed on a non-English PC (in this case a German Windows Vista PC, other languages aren't confirmed yet but are most likely), all dialogues change to German, immediately after the installation was started:

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Tuesday, 26.01.10
RUMOR: Zune Phone drivers found in latest Zune Player Software?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:22 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following today's scheduled Zune.net maintenance, Microsoft has also updated its Zune player which is used on Windows PCs. While there aren't any major improvements from the consumer perspective, even more interesting are the changes under the hood. As "istartedsomething" found out, Microsoft's new Zune player features an updated Zune.inf file which is an essential component of Zune's driver package - responsible for identifying the driver and associating it with compatible USB hardware IDs. However, in addition to today's known device identification for the Zune and Zune HD media players, the new Zune.inf file also features information about a so called "Phone.Device".

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Saturday, 23.01.10
DEVELOPING: Microsoft releases Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional and Standard SDKs [UPDATE 2]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:31 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While Windows Mobile 6.5 was officially launched October last year, so far Microsoft hasn't offered an updated SDK (Software Development Kit) for its latest Windows Mobile version. But yesterday, Microsoft silently launched the Windows Mobile 6.5 SDKs which provide documentation, sample code, header and library files, emulator images and tools which can be used with Microsoft's Visual Studio to build applications for Windows Mobile 6.5. The Windows Mobile 6.5 SDK must also be installed in order to use any of the Windows Mobile 6.5 API or samples. It comes with the images for Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional (touchscreen smartphone) and Windows Mobile 6.5 Standard (non-touchscreen) and features different language-sets.

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Friday, 22.01.10
RUMOR: Microsoft to announce Windows Mobile 7 at Mobile World Congress 2010?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:42 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While Microsoft has just sent the press conference invitation without going into details, Taiwanese DigiTimes claims that Microsoft is expected to announce a date for the commercial availability of Windows Mobile 7 at next month's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. At least that's what DigiTimes heard from sources familiar with Microsoft's roadmap (most likely Taiwanese Windows Mobile ODMs). However, DigiTimes goes even further and said that "based on the roadmap, Windows Mobile 7 will be available to Microsoft's handheld hardware partners in September 2010, allowing them to roll-out Windows phones in the fourth quarter 2010 or early first quarter 2011".
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RUMOR: HTC Obsession to become HTC's first Windows Mobile 7 Smartphone?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:50 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

So called "reliable sources" have told WMPowerUser that HTC's rumored "HTC Obsession" is said to be HTC's next super-phone, following the HTC Diamond2 and HTC HD2. According to the tipster, the so called HTC Diamond3, is expected to be launched in summer already and running Windows Mobile 7 instead of Windows Mobile 6.5. The device is said to be powered by a Qualcomm QSD8250 CPU at 1 GHz, it's said to feature GSM and WCDAM (most likely UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA), a 3.7" capacitive AMOLED multitouch touchscreen and sports a 5 megapixel autofocus camera with flash which is capable of recording HD videos at 720p with 25 fps.

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Monday, 11.01.10
UPDATE: Microsoft shows Windows Mobile 6.5.3 for Windows Touch-Phones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:12 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Neither officially announced nor introduced, during last week's CES in Las Vegas, Microsoft silently showed-off Windows Mobile 6.5.3 Professional for Windows touchscreen smartphones. However, as it turned out and was earlier confirmed by an article on Microsoft's MSDN network, it's neither called "Windows Mobile 6.5 Second Edition" (as I called it) nor is it called anything special but it's just an AKU 3 which means it's simply Windows Mobile 6.5.3. As expected, Windows Mobile 6.5.3 updates the Windows Mobile touch-interface to make it more finger friendly. Additionally it will feature some application updates like threaded E-Mails and pivots but all together it stays Windows Mobile 6.5.

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Thursday, 07.01.10
CES: No word from Microsoft about Windows Mobile 7 - but LG Spills the Beans
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While some bloggers expected that Microsoft's Steve Ballmer might announce Windows Mobile 7 during his recent keynote at CES, he hasn't said a single word about Microsoft's next Windows phone version but was talking about Windows 7 and other upcoming products only. Nevertheless, according to Engadget, LG unveiled during their CES press conference that "LGs new phones will feature Meta Material Antenna, with (more) Windows Mobile 6.5 and 7 smartphones coming this year". It sounds pretty reasonable that Microsoft hasn't taken the opportunity to announce its most important Windows Mobile release at the CES but might better wait to get the full mobile industry attention at next month's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

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OFFICIAL: T-Mobile USA to exclusively offer the HTC HD2 Windows Phone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:49 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following HTC's earlier commitment to launch the HTC HD2 Windows phone early 2010 in the U.S., T-Mobile USA and HTC today announced the HTC HD2 is expected to be available for the first time in the US exclusively from T-Mobile USA this spring. With its industry leading, high-resolution, 4.3" capacitive touch display and high-powered features, the ultra-thin HTC HD2 phone delivers content in a sharper, brighter and richer way. Running Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional, the HTC HD2 comes equipped with the 1 GHz Snapdragon by Qualcomm mobile processor and utilizes T-Mobile's high speed 3G network for a fast mobile data experience. The HTC HD2 is the first Windows phone with HTC Sense, a software experience focused on putting people at the center by making their phones work in a more simple, natural and personal way.

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