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Tuesday, 23.03.10
CUSTOMIZATION: Windows Phone 7 Metro Icons for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:02 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

With the introduction of Windows Phone 7 Series, Microsoft also introduced a new design-language Microsoft calls Metro. According to Microsoft definition, Metro stands for a modern and clean design which is fast and in motion. It's about content and typography and it's entirely authentic. And now you can give your Windows Mobile smartphone a kind of Metro touch as well. Fellow Windows Mobile enthusiast and MVP Alex Januschewsky from mobilitynews.net has created a set of icons which can be used with Windows Mobile smartphones. It's a set of 29 PNG graphics which can be used to replace the original Windows Mobile icons.

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RECAP: Microsoft MIX10 German Press Tour Event in Munich
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Yesterday evening, Microsoft Germany hosted a press event in Munich where it followed-up the MIX10 announcements from last week. For sure, the highlight was Microsoft's upcoming Windows Phone 7 Series smartphone platform but Microsoft also provided some insights of its updated Silverlight platform which became even more interesting now after Windows Phone 7 Series uses Silverlight as one of its development environments as well as of the upcoming Internet Explorer 9. According to Microsoft, it's MIX10 conference was a full success as it was the biggest MIX event ever and you have to keep in mind that Microsoft unveiled its schedule last minute - after any early bird discounts.

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CANCELED: Mozilla stops all Firefox Mobile Developments for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:25 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

The Firefox Mobile aka Fennec team has been building versions of Firefox Mobile for Windows Mobile for quite a while which nevertheless haven't made it to a final product yet. However, Mozilla's expectation was that Microsoft would be doubling down in the mobile market, especially with its new mobile operating system aka Windows Phone 7 Series. Nevertheless, since last week's MIX10 we know that - even if Windows Phone 7 Series is based on Windows CE 6 - Microsoft will only support managed code (either build in Silverlight or XNA) instead of native code. Therefore Stuart Parmenter announced on his blog that the Fennec team is putting its Windows Mobile developments on hold:

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Monday, 22.03.10
UPDATE: Microsoft releases Outlook Mobile Update for Windows Mobile 6.1 Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:12 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While Windows Mobile 6.5 and Windows Mobile 6.5.3 came with a couple of Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 enhancements, these enhancements weren't available for Windows Mobile 6.1 phones. However, Microsoft has recently released an "Office Outlook Mobile" update for the use of Microsoft Exchange Server 2010. With the update, Windows Mobile 6.1 users can benefit from some of the new features - including grouped E-Mails by conversation, improved free/busy lookup and the ability to sync SMS text messages. The Outlook Mobile update is available for all Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional (with touchscreen) and Standard (without touchscreen) smartphones.

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Monday, 15.03.10
CONFERENCE: Microsoft outlines new Developer Opportunities at MIX10 [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:24 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today at MIX10, Microsoft is showcasing advancements in its platform technologies that enable the developer and designer community to deliver compelling user experiences across a broad set of devices. Building on the excitement of the recently announced Windows Phone 7 Series, Scott Guthrie, corporate vice president, .NET Developer Platform, and Joe Belfiore, corporate vice president, Windows Phone Program Management, detailed the opportunity for developers to use proven technologies such as Microsoft Silverlight and the XNA Framework to build new mobile applications and 3-D Games.

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CONFERENCE: Microsoft unveils Windows Phone 7 Series Development Strategy and Tools at MIX10
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today, Microsoft's MIX10 developer conference kicked-off with a keynote from Scott Guthrie, .NET Developer Platform and Joe Belfiore, Windows Phone Program Management. The MIX is a three day conference for web designers and developers building the world's most innovative web sites and during the keynote, Microsoft will unveil the development platforms for the Windows Phone 7 Series that will bring new applications, games and experiences to life. This includes Microsoft's end-to-end mobile development platform vision, new and free Windows Phone developer tools and an updated Windows Phone Marketplace. Furthermore, Microsoft has announced the release candidate of Silverlight 4 and Expression Blend 4 Beta.

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Thursday, 11.03.10
ENHANCED: YouTube updates YouTube Mobile for Windows Mobile and S60
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:16 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following last year's launch of its dedicated YouTube Mobile client for Windows Mobile (and S60) smartphones, YouTube has recently updated its YouTube app for Windows Mobile and S60 phone. Since last March, the application was translated to 12 languages, installed on millions of devices around the world and has been chosen as a Nokia Ovi Top App of 2009. However, yesterday YouTube introduced version 2.4 which features search query suggestions, "My Account" support and a new homescreen user interface that is optimized for larger screens. The initial release sported a minimized set of features and focused on speed for things that matter: To find and play a video on your smartphone.

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Friday, 05.03.10
CONFIRMED: No Windows Phone 7 backward Compatibility and more Development Information
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:48 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

In a recent blog posting, Microsoft's Charlie Kindel wrote about the Windows Phone 7 Series application development and he explains that Microsoft had to change its strategy to accommodate what developers have been asking for. Specifically developers told Microsoft to focus on the end user experience and take more responsibility for delivering integrated end user experiences, invest more deeply in the developer platform and developer experience as well as driving a standardized hardware platform creating a simpler ecosystem and a larger - consistent - opportunity. And therefore Windows Phone 7 developer experiences will build upon the following technologies:

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Thursday, 04.03.10
COOPERATION: Microsoft Selects Navizon for GPS-less Positioning
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:14 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Navizon Inc., (formerly Mexens Technology) this week announced that the company has signed a licensing agreement with Microsoft under which Microsoft will use Navizon's global location database to provide an enhanced experience to its mobile users. Navizon, a software-only hybrid wireless positioning system, helps users navigate in most major cities across the globe without the need to have a GPS signal. Navizon works by triangulating signals broadcasted from WiFi access points and cellular towers, and the company's software is now embedded in numerous smartphone applications which are fast becoming essential tools for the modern urban lifestyle.

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RELEASE: Opera Mini goes native on Windows Mobile Smartphones - without Java!
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:55 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

So far, Windows Mobile user were able to either user Opera Mobile, the native smartphone browser version from Opera or Opera Mini, a Java-based browser which required J2ME on Windows Mobile phones. However, today Opera Software launched a native version of Opera Mini 5 Beta for Windows Mobile 5- and 6-based handsets. By integrating Opera Mini with the Windows Mobile platform, Opera is able to deliver an optimized version of the popular Opera Mini browser that dramatically improves performance and the overall user experience. While Opera Mini traditionally requires Java, the new Windows Mobile version does not, which means that Opera Mini will work on any Windows Mobile phone.

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Monday, 01.03.10
OUTAGE: Google Sync outage hits Windows Phone, iPhone and S60 Smartphones [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

In its Google Mobile Help Forum, Google just confirmed that the company's free sync service has serious problems at the moment; at least with certain devices. A Google employee officially confirmed that Google Sync is having some difficulties due to an extended problem with one of the company's datacenters. This has been going on over the weekend, but it's got significantly worse today. While Google said that none of the user's information has been lost, and users are still able to get the data through a manual sync, the push functionality isn't working very well. According to Google this is because the company is "batching up fetch requests to be able to cope with the traffic it's seeing while this problem is ongoing".

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OUTLOOK: Microsoft says No to Windows Phone 7 Upgrades for Windows Mobile 6 Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:58 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While in a recent Twitter Q&A, Microsoft UK's Director of the UK Mobile Business Group Alex Reeve hinted that "ODMs are free to offer Windows Phone 7 Series upgrades for Windows Mobile 6 smartphones", Natasha Kwan, General Manager for Microsoft's Mobile Communications Business in the Asia-Pacific region, told APC that the HD2 - the hottest candidate for such an upgrade - "doesn't qualify because it doesn't have the three buttons". Despite the HD2 might meet many of the required "Chassis 1" specs, APC mentioned that the phone will be ruled out of an upgrade for the simple reason that it has five buttons instead of the three mandatory Windows Phone 7 Series buttons.

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