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Thursday, 28.10.10
DISASSEMBLED: Windows Phone 7, Memory Management and microSD Cards
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:17 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

One of the limitations of Windows Phone 7 is, that Microsoft's new mobile OS isn't supporting user removable flash memory like microSD cards, as supported by Windows Mobile, but Windows Phone 7 uses embedded memory like Apple's iPhone does. However, this isn't a big deal as long as the Windows Phone 7 device in use has enough memory. As of today the ODM's memory size of choice seems to be between 8 and 16 GB (most of the recently announced Windows Phone 7 smartphones will have 16 GB anyway). However, even if Windows Phone 7 isn't featuring a customer swappable flash memory, it seems that some handset manufactures are using micro SD cards anyway.

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Tuesday, 26.10.10
SUPPORT: Adobe to bring Flash 10.1 to future versions of Windows Phone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:03 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Adobe just announced that it will bring its Flash Player 10.1 to - most likely - Windows Phone 7 as well. While Microsoft confirmed us on one of the recent MIX events, that it will grant Adobe Windows Phone 7 system access to implement Flash as native code, not as manages code, so far there wasn't an official word on the street. However, with its recent press release, Adobe made it somewhat official that Flash Player 10.1, which brings rich Flash based content to mobile devices inside the browser, will hit future versions of "Windows Phone" which most likely means Windows Phone 7. Right now, Flash Player 10.1 is available on Android and Google TV.

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SYNCHRONIZATION: Microsoft releases Windows Phone 7 Connector Beta for Apple Mac OS X
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:31 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While for Microsoft Windows PCs, the Zune client is the synchronization utility of choice to get photos, music and videos synchronized between a PC and a Windows Phone 7 smartphone (and it's the only choice since Microsoft killed ActiveSync and Windows Mobile Device Center with the launch of Windows Phone 7), Apple Mac users were out of luck so far because Zune is yet not available for the Mac OS. However, since iTunes might be the preferred multimedia app anyway, Microsoft has just released Windows Phone 7 Connector Beta for Apple Mac OS which allows to synchronize music, videos, photos and podcasts from iTunes and iPhoto to Windows Phone 7.

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Thursday, 21.10.10
LAUNCH: Microsoft and Partners launch Windows Phone 7 in Europe and Asia Pacific
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:40 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

This is the day, Microsoft and the Windows Mobile/Windows Phone team worked for more than 2 years and as promised last week, today Microsoft and its partners in Europe and Asia Pacific have launched Windows Phone 7 - Microsoft's new mobile operating system for smartphones. Following last week's announcement, Windows Phone 7 was launched in selected European countries with partner networks at the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain and Italy as well as in Asia Pacific at Singapore, Australia and New Zealand. Hardware partners in Europe and Asia Pacific are HTC, LG and Samsung while Dell will launch its first Windows Phone 7 smartphone is the U.S. first.

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Thursday, 14.10.10
SALUTARY: Microsoft welcomes new Windows Phone 7 customers with a Welcome E-Mail
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Microsoft's new Windows Phone 7 supports a wide range of E-Mail services, right built-in to the operating system and beside supporting Gmail and carrier related E-Mail services, for sure Windows Phone 7 also supports Microsoft's very own Windows Live ID service which is used for a variety of Microsoft services - from Hotmail to Windows Live services like Skydrive to Zune Pass to Xbox Live. And fore sure it makes sense to activate a Windows Phone 7 with a Window Live ID, even if it's not required to operate it. But without a Windows Live ID activation, users won't be able to download apps from the Marketplace or purchase music and videos from Zune.

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Monday, 11.10.10
LAUNCH: LG announces the Windows Phone 7 powered Optimus 7 and Optimus 7Q
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:52 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

LG Electronics today announced the global launch of its first Windows Phone 7 devices, the LG Optimus 7/E900 and LG Optimus 7Q. Building on Microsoft's new operating system that offers people the ability to do more in fewer steps, the LG Optimus 7 series introduces a new era for smartphones and offers consumers a whole new experience of mobile life. A direct result of LG and Microsoft's close work together in the smartphone market, the LG Optimus 7 series offers the glance and go experience of Windows Phone 7 combined with unique features only available on the LG devices. These compelling applications are available as Live Tiles on Windows Phone 7 and can be accessed via integrated Hubs.

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LAUNCH: Samsung announces the Windows Phone 7 powered Samsung Omnia 7
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:51 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Samsung Electronics today announced the launch of the Samsung Omnia 7/GT-I8700; Samsung's first smartphone which will be launched with Microsoft's new Windows Phone 7 operating system. The Samsung Omnia 7 features a 4" Super AMOLED touch screen, a 1 GHz application processor, a 5 megapixel autofocus camera with HD recording and all this is packed into a sleek, slimline design with metallic finish. The device offers an exceptional entertainment experience directly on your mobile with a range of Microsoft services as Xbox LIVE gaming and Zune for music and video.

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LAUNCH: HTC goes big with Microsoft - launching 5 Windows Phone 7 Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:50 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

HTC Corporation, a global designer of smartphones and long-time Microsoft partner, today unveiled five new Windows Phone 7 smartphones: HTC 7 Surround, HTC 7 Mozart, HTC 7 Trophy, HTC 7 Pro and HTC HD7. This strong and diverse family of phones features Microsoft's new Windows Phone 7 platform and embodies the stand-out design and innovation for which HTC has come to be known. Each new phone includes a variety of cutting-edge technologies and a series of unique HTC applications that can be accessed through the new HTC Hub that complements the Windows Phone 7 Hub and Tile experience.

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LAUNCH: Microsoft and Partners unveil Windows Phone 7 Global Portfolio
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:30 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 announcement back in February, Microsoft joined its partners in revealing nine new Windows Phone 7 handsets that will be available this holiday season from leading mobile operators in Europe, North America, Asia Pacific and Australia. With more than 60 mobile operators in over 30 countries worldwide committed to bringing Windows Phones to market, the millions of people around the world looking for a phone that plays as hard as it works will have a variety of phones from leading device-makers to choose from. Microsoft and its partners have worked together closely to create a different kind of phone with new experiences that bring together what people care about most. Windows Phone 7 will be available in a variety of sleek form factors from device-makers such as Dell, HTC, LG and Samsung.

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Sunday, 10.10.10
APPROVAL: GCF approves HTC HD7 Windows Phone 7
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:14 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Right in time for tomorrow's Windows Phone 7 launch, HTC's last Windows Phone 7 has received the Global Certification approval earlier this week. While the HTC HD7, the follower of HTC's most likely most successful Windows Mobile smartphone, the HD2, isn't anything new anymore, the GCF confirms that the HD7 will feature quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/2100 MHz. Further specs like the 4.3", a 5 megapixel autofocus camera, WiFi and Bluetooth are rumored but yet not confirmed. For sure we can expect an official announcement anytime tomorrow during or after Microsoft's global press conference which will happen around the world at 15:00 CET (the German press conference will be held in Hamburg where we will be live on site).

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Friday, 01.10.10
MANAGEMENT: Microsoft announces new Leadership Promotions - Appoints Andy Lees to President
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:52 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Right in time for Microsoft's upcoming Windows Phone 7 launch anytime next month, Microsoft today promoted Andy Lees to the President of the Mobile Communications Business. As President of the Mobile Communications Business, Lees - who killed Microsoft KIN just earlier this summer - will continue to oversee the overall marketing and product development for Microsoft's mobility efforts. Lees, a 20-year Microsoft veteran, has led the Mobile Communications Business since February 2008 and was at the center of the company's efforts to rebuild the mobile business, including the development of the upcoming Windows Phone 7 to be released this holiday season.

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