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Tuesday, 25.05.10
MANAGEMENT: Microsoft announces Retirement and Transition plans for Robbie Bach and J Allard
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:13 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Microsoft today announced that Robbie Bach, so far president of the Entertainment and Devices (E&D) Division, will retire from the company this fall. Underscoring the strength of the leadership teams in place for the entertainment and mobile businesses, the company announced that Senior Vice President Don Mattrick will continue to lead the Interactive Entertainment Business and Senior Vice President Andy Lees will continue to lead the Mobile Communications Business. Each will report directly to CEO Steve Ballmer effective July 1. Bach will remain with Microsoft through the fall, working with Ballmer and his leadership team to ensure a smooth transition.

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Monday, 17.05.10
RUMOR: HTC Mondrian - HTC's first Windows Phone 7 Smartphone?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:33 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Over the weekend, a ROM build has leaked which is said to come from HTC's first Windows Phone 7 smartphone and the ROM build was named "Mondrian". In the past, HTC often called their Beta ROM builds after the device and therefore it could make sense that the Mondrian is the first Windows Phone 7 device from HTC, even if it's most likely that Mondrian is the code-name only, rather than the commercial name. Nevertheless, while the ROM is yet not useable on any of the existing Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphones, some developers dived deep into the bits and bytes and extracted some interesting information. For instance a rendering of a device which could possibiliy show the Mondrian:

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Thursday, 13.05.10
RELEASE: Microsoft launches final version of Office Mobile 2010 for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:02 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

With yesterday's global launch of Office 2010, Microsoft also announced the immediate availability of Office Mobile 2010 for all Windows Mobile 6.5 based smartphones. Released last November as a public Beta, Office Mobile 2010 for Windows Mobile 6.5 includes new mobile versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and SharePoint Workspace. These new mobile versions offer a more touch-friendly layout and greater ability to work with documents on the phone - like editing PowerPoint presentations. Furthermore, SharePoint Workspace Mobile 2010 and PowerPoint Mobile 2010 allows to edit and save changes to a presentation, all while offline, and know the changes will update back to the server.

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ENHANCED: Microsoft updates Bing for Windows Phone - adds Turn-by-Turn GPS Navigation
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:43 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Earlier this week, Microsoft announced that it has updated its Bing application for Windows Mobile and more importantly, Microsoft added two new features. The first is a redesigned home page where Microsoft changed the navigation to give people faster access to common searches, such as Movies and Traffic. The second feature is free turn-by-turn off-board GPS navigation which uses Microsoft's Bing Maps. Microsoft took advantage of the Microsoft Tellme team's expertise in voice applications to deliver an amazingly lifelike voice experience for the turn-by-turn navigation. When getting directions with Bing, users will get a new "Navigate" button. By selecting it, Bing will calculate your route, and guide you as you drive.

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Wednesday, 05.05.10
ANNOUNCED: Microsoft KIN to be available on Verizon Wireless Network from May 6th
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:33 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Announced last month, KIN - Microsoft's latest mobile consumer product will become available online from Verizon Wireless and Microsoft May 6th. KIN, a new kind of Windows Phone, 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. Available in two different flavors, the KIN ONE and KIN TWO, both KIN phones feature a touch screen and slide-out QWERTY keyboard, while the KIN ONE is small and compact and the KIN TWO has a larger screen and keyboard, in addition to more memory, a higher resolution camera, and the ability to record high-definition video.

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