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Saturday, 28.08.10
REMOTE: Meteor connects Windows Phone 7 with Windows Media Center
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:18 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Remote controlling a Windows Media Center from a Windows Phone isn't anything new at all - with the launch of Windows Vista, Microsoft introduced Windows SideShow (which never found an audience at all) and later published a Windows SideShow Beta for Windows Phone which allowed users to remote control some functions of the Windows Media Center. And now, since Windows Media Center is pretty much a standard for most Windows 7 versions, remote controlling a Media Center might make even more sense, The Land Dolphin is currently working on an application called "Meteor" which allows to remote controlling Windows 7 Media Center straight from Windows Phone 7.

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Friday, 27.08.10
CONNECTIVITY: Is Exchange ActiveSync finally coming to Microsoft Windows Live Hotmail? [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:18 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

ZDNet UK has reported yesterday, that Microsoft will finally enable Exchange ActiveSync for mobile devices for its Windows Live Hotmail service. According to ZDNet, Hotmail Exchange ActiveSync, which has been in development for some time, will be officially switched-on on Monday 30 August. While Microsoft's own Windows Mobile and Windows Phone devices were the first to support Exchange ActiveSync, Microsoft has licensed this technology to a couple of other operating systems, including Nokia's Symbian or Palm's webOS and even Google is using an Exchange ActiveSync front-end (only) for Gmail, to share the calendar and address book with mobile devices.

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LAUNCH: Is Microsoft putting more than US$ 400 Million in its Windows Phone 7 Marketing?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:30 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

TechCrunch has an article which says that "Microsoft to pay more than half a billion dollars to jump-start Windows Phone 7" and quotes Deutsche Bank's telecommunications analyst Jonathan Goldberg who estimates that Microsoft could spend US$ 400 million on marketing alone for the Windows Phone 7 launch. However, according to his researches, this is expected to be the marketing spending only and doesn't include the extra-millions Microsoft has already committed to pay for "non-recurring engineering" costs that help offset development costs for handset manufacturers.

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Friday, 20.08.10
RUMOR: Windows Phone 7 to come with native Twitter support?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:31 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While we somewhat know or can expect, that Microsoft's upcoming Windows Phone 7 will come with native Windows Live and Facebook support, as well as we know some of the games now, Microsoft plans to release for Windows Phone 7, Microsoft hasn't unveiled too much about other services Windows Phone 7 might support natively. For instance Twitter or Foursquare, you name it. Nevertheless, here's an interesting rumor that Windows Phone 7 might support Twitter - out of the box - as well. Michael Klucher, Microsoft Lead Program Manger - XNA Development Platform at Microsoft has twittered a couple of photos from the current Gamescom in Cologne where Microsoft shows Games for Windows Phone 7.

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Tuesday, 17.08.10
GAMING: First Wave of Xbox Live Titles announced for the Launch of Windows Phone 7
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:43 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today at gamescom 2010 in Cologne, the world's largest consumer-oriented games showcase, Microsoft premiered the first wave of Xbox Live games launching on Windows Phone 7 this holiday. With even more games and applications to come, Windows Phone 7 is putting the power of Xbox Live into the palm of your hand - from Xbox Live Avatars to staying connected with friends, Xbox Live is now at your fingertips, anytime, anywhere. In a sea of games, apps, gadgets and gizmos, the biggest obstacle can be finding the game that's right for you. Only Windows Phone 7 has a Games hub featuring Xbox Live, creating a different kind of mobile gaming experience that puts the games you want front and center.

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Friday, 13.08.10
RUMOR: HTC Spark - Another Windows Phone 7 Smartphones from HTC?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:45 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

A Chinese forum user has posted a spec-sheet of a new HTC Windows Phone 7 smartphone which is called the "HTC Spark". According to the screenshot, the HTC Spark will be powered by a Qualcomm CPU at 1 GHz and features GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as UMTS/HSDPA (up to 7.2 Mbps)/HSUPA (up to 5.776 Mbps). The device is said to come with a 3.7" WVGA screen and a 5 megapixel autofocus camera. Somewhat unusual for a Windows Phone 7 devices is the hardware button layout because the device is said to feature a Back, Home, Start, call Send and End key while no Search key is mentioned. However, Windows Phone 7 requires a Search key and doesn't allow call Send/End keys.

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Monday, 09.08.10
UNVEILED: HTC Schubert Windows Phone 7 shows its Face on Video
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:47 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While no ODM has announced any commercial Windows Phone 7 smartphones yet, last week we might have seen the first photo of an upcoming Asus Windows Phone 7 device. Hot on the heels, HTC now follows with the HTC Schubert, a device, rumored for quite a while to be released with Windows Phone 7 but this leak goes even further since it shows the Schubert in all its details in a YouTube video. Like the HTC Legend, the HTC Schubert comes with a aluminum unibody but that's all we know from HTC's expected first Windows Phone 7 smartphone, which might be ready for launch as soon as Microsoft launches Windows Phone 7 anytime October and/or November.

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Sunday, 08.08.10
DEVELOPMENT: Collage unveils List of (possible) upcoming Windows Phone 7 Applications
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:56 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Justin Angel, a former Microsoft Silverlight Program Manager, who's now working for Vertigo, has yesterday posted a collage of what he calls a collection "of all current testing Windows Phone 7 Marketplace application icons and names". And while I have my doubts that these 32 applications are everything the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace has to offer at launch, it's quite interesting to see what's in the pipeline. First of all we have a couple of well known brand names like a YouTube, The New York Times and Yelp. But also interesting is how some of the application seems to plug-in to Windows Phone 7. For instance YouTube and LitePlayerLauncher are mentioned as MusicHub Add-Ons.

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Friday, 06.08.10
UNVEILED: Asus' first Windows Phone 7 Smartphone shows its Face! [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:31 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While Microsoft is currently shipping its Samsung, LG and Asus Windows Phone 7 developer devices, non of the three manufactures (nor HTC) have unveiled or announced a commercial Windows Phone 7 smartphone yet. However, bellow we might see the first commercial Windows Phone 7 smartphone from Asus which somehow made its way to Pakistan. There's a good chance that this is indeed a pre-production device because on the top - right above the speaker - it features a serial number which is often used by manufactures to tag prototypes (just in case the device hits the Web to track down the owner, which - well - it did apparently).

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Monday, 02.08.10
AVAILABILITY: Windows Phone 7 to be available in Europe from October / in the U.S. from November?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:40 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Wow, it really looks like that this was overseen so far but Kevin Turner, Microsoft Chief Operating Officer, unveiled at recent presentation, that Microsoft's new Windows Phone 7 might hit Europe anytime in October and the U.S. anytime in November. In his presentation, Turner said: "Now let's talk about phones. This is been tough. This is a low-light, for me, for the company, it's tough! But you know what? In the October-timeframe, in the November-timeframe - October likely across Europe, November likely across the U.S. - again we are back in this game! And this game is not over, ok? [...] When you look at this phone, it's not like any phone you've ever seen from Microsoft, and Ladies and Gentlemen I think that's a good thing".

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