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Friday, 30.04.10
TOOLS: Microsoft releases Windows Phone Developer Tools CTP for Windows Phone 7
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:33 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Yesterday, Microsoft announced a new released of the Windows Phone Developer Tools CTP which Microsoft introduced at the MIX conference back in March. According to Microsoft, the early tools preview has attracted more than 125,000 developers and designers from countries around the world and with yesterday's Windows Phone Developer Tools CTP refresh, developers and designers can now build Windows Phone 7 apps on the final release of Visual Studio 2010. The CTP refresh also updates the Windows Phone 7 OS image in the Windows Phone Emulator, updates APIs, updates documentation with new and expanded topics and addresses earlier discrepancies.

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Saturday, 24.04.10
DEMO: Microsoft Windows Phone 7 Office Hub Video-Walkthrough
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:04 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Another Microsoft Windows Phone 7 video by MobilityDigest shows the integration of the Windows Phone 7 Office capabilities. The shot video shows how a user can flip through the Microsoft Office Hub, demonstrates OneNote by showing how to add audio recordings to a document. It's also demonstrated how deep Windows Phone 7 is integrated into Microsoft SharePoint and therefore allows to download and synchronize Office documents. The video demonstration shows how a Word document looks on Windows Phone 7 and how proposals can be edited and saved back to the SharePoint server.

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DEMO: Microsoft Windows Phone 7 Outlook Hub Video-Walkthrough
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:04 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Windows Phone 7 is all about integration and a recent video upload from MobilityDigest demos the Outlook integration of Microsoft's upcoming Windows Phone 7. This short video shows how the Inbox looks like and works by flipping through all, unread, urgent and flagged messages and it shows how an attached PowerPoint slide can be easily opened straight from the Inbox from where it can be even edited and send back to the original sender. Furthermore it shows how meeting requests are handled, by showing the meeting time in the calendar, showing meeting details and proposed attendees, accepting a meeting request and showing the meeting location in Bing maps.

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Thursday, 22.04.10
UPDATE: Google releases Google Maps Mobile with Search by Voice for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:30 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

With yesterday's Google launch of Google Maps Navigator for the UK and Ireland (requires an update of Google Maps Mobile which is available from Android Market), Google also release Google Maps Mobile 4.1 for Windows Mobile and Symbian S60 which adds Search by voice. Already introduced for BlackBerry and Android, Search by voice lets you easily search for anything by simply speaking your search terms instead of typing them. Just open Google Maps, press your phone's "call" button, and clearly speak your search term. Search by voice works with all the kinds of searches Google Maps for mobile already supports, including places, addresses, specific businesses and types of businesses.

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LEAK: Dell Lightning Windows Phone 7 shows its Face and Specs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:58 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Looks like Dell is back in the mobile business - and this time seriously. Engadget just got its hands on Dell's roadmap and according to these PowerPoint slides, Dell plans with a Windows Phone 7 smartphone. Running "Windows Mobile 7" the Dell Lightning is powered by a 1 GHz Qualcomm CPU and features quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as triband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at either 850/1900/2100 MHz (AT&T and Europe) or 900/1700/2100 MHz (T-Mobile U.S. and Europe). Furthermore it's said that the device supports WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, GPS and an FM radio and features an accelerometer, compass, proximity sensor and ambient light sensor.

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Wednesday, 21.04.10
UNVEILED: Old Source Code confirms KIN 1 and KIN 2 Specs - hints Verizon KIN Plans?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:45 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Sure you remember yesterday's news of the unveiled KIN 1 and KIN 2 specs, Microsoft itself didn't want to confirm so far, right? As it looks now, the KIN 1 and KIN 2 specifications were part of an earlier website code - as Google Cache unveiled. While it wasn't part of the Flash content, it only was part of the alternative HTML content. There it was also confirmed that the two North American KINs will support Verizon's EV-DO Rev A network - as expected. And while Verizon denied to talk about KIN price plans at the KIN launch event on 12 April, another part of the HTML code also outlines some further Verizon KIN tariff-plan details - or at least ideas (maybe).

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Tuesday, 20.04.10
UNVEILED: Microsoft Germany unveils further KIN One and KIN Two Device Specs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:22 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While Microsoft itself is somewhat shy to unveil the full KIN One and KIN Two hardware specs, neither Microsoft's press release nor the KIN website shows the full details but only highlights certain specs, Microsoft Germany today released further information about the company's first two KIN phones on its German Windows Phone Facebook fan page. While both by Sharp manufactured phones come with slide-out QWERTY keyboards and feature the same set of KIN online and connected services, the KIN One is said to be the compact sized KIN device with a solid camera. The KIN Two comes with a wider screen, a bolder camera and more memory.

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Monday, 19.04.10
DIVERSITY: Microsoft plans Windows Phone 7 Light for Emerging Markets
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:16 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

At a recent Tech-Ed event in India, Microsoft's Director developer tools for Microsoft India's Visual Studio - Sudeep Bharati - said that Microsoft plans to release a kind of low-cost Windows Phone 7 version for developing markets. According to Bharati, "the low-cost version of the phone will have a different chassis than version 1 to be launched by 2010 end". While it's expected that Windows Phone 7 will feature (at least) three different - so called - chassis (but today only Chassis 1 is confirmed), the emerging markets chassis might have reduced spec-requirements which also includes a smaller screen and will thus be priced lower to suit developing markets.

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ANNIVERSARY: Pocket PC aka Windows Mobile aka Windows Phone turns 10 - Happy Birthday!
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today, exactly 10 years ago, Microsoft announced at an event in New York's Grand Central Station the immediate availability of the Pocket PC - a brand new product which set the cornerstone for today's Windows Phones. Back in 2000, Microsoft President and CEO Steve Ballmer unveiled new Pocket PC designs from hardware partners like Casio, Compaq, Hewlett-Packard and Symbol. More than 60 companies showcased their Pocket PC solutions in the launch Partner Pavilion and executives from TD Waterhouse Investor Services Inc. and SAP AG joined Ballmer on stage to announce how they are using the new Pocket PCs in customer scenarios.

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Monday, 12.04.10
SYNCHRONIZATION: With KIN Studio - Microsoft brings KIN Phones to the Cloud
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:27 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Building on Danger's expertise (which Microsoft took over two years ago), KIN isn't just two mobile phones but KIN comes KIN Studio - similar to the Zune software for Windows Phone 7 - but bringing the phones online. Almost everything created on a KIN phone is available in the cloud from any Web browser. Photos and videos are freed from the confines of the phone and presented in an online visual timeline so they are easy to view and share. The KIN Studio (this time hopefully for sure) automatically backs up texts, call history, photos, videos and contacts - and populates a personalized digital journal so it’s easy to go back in time to relive a crazy weekend or recent birthday.

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DIFFERENCES: What's different between the Microsoft KIN One and KIN Two?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:09 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Even if Microsoft announced today two KIN devices only, the portrait-sliding KIN One and the landscape-sliding KIN Two, basically we will see four different KIN devices: a KIN One and KIN Two supporting Verizon Wireless' CDMA network and a KIN One and KIN Two supporting Vodafone's GSM/UMTS network. Nevertheless, all four KIN devices are new - so called - "Windows Phone" devices, designed specifically for people who are actively navigating their social lives, featuring a fun, simple interface, which is designed to help people publish the magazine of their life by making the people and stuff they love the focus rather than menus and icons.

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OFFICIAL: It's Time to Share - Microsoft announces KIN - the next Generation Social Phones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:15 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today, at a press event in San Francisco, Microsoft announced it latest mobile consumer product called "Kin" (so far known under it's project name Pink), a new Windows Phone designed specifically for people who are actively navigating their social lives. Brought to life through partnerships with Verizon Wireless, Vodafone and Sharp Corporation, KIN is designed to be the ultimate social experience that blends the phone, online services and the PC with breakthrough new experiences called the Loop, Spot and Studio. KIN will be exclusively available from Verizon Wireless in the U.S. beginning in May and from Vodafone this autumn in Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom.

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CONFIRMED: Windows Phone 7 to Support Side-Load and OTA Software Updates
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:03 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Neither in Barcelona, nor at its MIX10 conference, Microsoft has exactly outlined how it will handle firmware updates for its upcoming Windows Phone 7 platform. However, during the recent Microsoft DevDays in Den Haag, Charlie Kindel, Partner Group Program Manager at Microsoft, gave Dutch an interview and unveiled that Windows Phone 7 will support both methods for firmware updates: Side-Load and OTA (Over The Air). Furthermore Kindel confirmed that Microsoft itself, not hardware manufacturer or carrier partners, will distribute these firmware updates and that Kindel therefore expects, that today's Windows Mobile version-fragmentation will have an end since all Windows Phone 7 users will have (more or less) identical firmware versions.

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Thursday, 08.04.10
RENAMED: Windows Phone 7 Series now to be known as Windows Phone 7 (only)
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:20 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Late last week, Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 Series team announced via Twitter, that from now, Windows Phone 7 Series is only called Windows Phone 7 - without Series. Also Microsoft confirmed this in a later info: "We're simplifying the name of "Windows Phone 7 Series", it'll now be just "Windows Phone 7". Back in February, when Microsoft announced Windows Phone 7 Series, the "Series" part of the product name was explained to indicate that there would be a range of phones providing choice of hardware and operator - which absolutely made sense. However, neither the end-user nor the press really picked-up the idea behind this Series-thing which only caused a lots of questions and wrong guesses.

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