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Thursday, 27.01.11
STATEMENT: Microsoft sold over 2 Million Windows Phone 7 Licenses to Manufacturers
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:15 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following the earlier discussions how good or bad Microsoft's new Windows Phone 7 is doing, Engadget has received an update from Microsoft giving us some further info. According to these information, Microsoft has sold more than 2 million Windows Phone 7 licenses to OEMs/handset manufactures which means that possibly 2 million devices were manufactured so far. But it definitely doesn't mean that 2 million devices were sold to end users. Furthermore Engadget reports, that - according to Microsoft - early researches says that 93 % of Windows Phone 7 customers are "satisfied" and 90 % would even recommend the platform to others. That's definitely not a bad sign, especially the high recommendation rate shows that Microsoft seems to have something right.

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Thursday, 20.01.11
CONFIRMED: HTC to release the HTC 7 Pro Windows Phone in the UK
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:23 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following this week's official launch in Germany, HTC just announced via Facebook that the HTC 7 Pro will also come to the UK! The HTC 7 Pro is HTC's and Europe's first Windows Phone 7 smartphone, which comes with a hardware keyboard. Unlike the Dell Venue Pro, the 7 Pro features a portrait 5-rows slide-out keyboard. The rest is pretty similar to other HTC Windows Phone 7 devices. The HTC 7 Pro is also powered by a 1 GHz Qualcomm CPU and and supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA (7.2 Mbps)/HSUPA (2 Mbps) at 900/2100 MHz. Furthermore, the 7 Pro will feature WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, aGPS and an FM radio.

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Wednesday, 19.01.11
HOMEBREWED: First Windows Phone 7 Registry Editor released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:58 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While Microsoft is officially neither supporting a user accessible file system nor a registry, we should face it that a Windows Phone 7 is still Windows - even if it runs on a (mobile) phone. And today, TouchXperience - already well known is in still young Windows Phone 7 Homebrew community - has released its first public Beta of Registry Editor for Windows Phone 7. While it's yet not widely known which registry keys can or should be changed for which benefit, Registry Editor for Windows Phone 7 is a full-featured registry editor and works on all WP7 devices. It allows you to explore and search registry entries as well as it allows to create/edit/delete registry keys and values.

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REVEALED: Dell plans to launch the Dell Venue Pro in Germany
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:03 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

At today's CeBIT Preview event in Munich, Dell told us that it plans to launch its first Windows Phone 7, the Dell Venue Pro, in Germany and maybe even further European countries. The Venue Pro, which was announced back in October during Microsoft's global Windows Phone 7 launch, is so far only available in the U.S. and announced for the UK. Powered by a 1 GHz Qualcomm CPU, the Dell Venue Pro supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as triband UMTS/HSDPA (7.2 Mbps)/HSUPA (5.76 Mbps) at 900/1700/2100 MHz, WiFi b/g and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR. The 4.1" Gorilla Glass protected AMOLED touchscreen supports the Windows Phone 7 typical WVGA resolution, like the 5 megapixel autofocus camera.

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Monday, 10.01.11
RELEASE: O2 Germany to launch the HTC 7 Pro Windows Phone 7 next week
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:08 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

The wait for Germans is over! Today, O2 Germany announced via Twitter that it will officially launch the long awaited HTC 7 Pro, HTC's first Windows Phone 7 smartphone with a hardware keyboard, next week. Featuring a 5-row slide-out QWERTZ keyboard, the HTC 7 Pro is powered by a 1 GHz Qualcomm CPU and will support quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA (7.2 Mbps)/HSUPA (2 Mbps) at 900/2100 MHz. Furthermore, the 7 Pro will feature WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, aGPS and an FM radio. The device comes with a 3.6" WVGA multitouch-screen and a 5 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash and the ability to record 720p HD videos.

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Sunday, 09.01.11
ROADMAP: Microsoft plans to bring KIN Studio features to Windows Phone 7
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

When Microsoft launched KIN last year (and killed it later again), it also introduced a cloud-based web service for KIN phones called KIN Studio. While Windows Phone 7 has a similar Web service under the Live.com brand, the KIN Studio went even further since almost everything created on a KIN phone was available in the cloud from any Web browser. Photos and videos were synchronized and presented in an online visual timeline so they were easy to view and share. Also the KIN Studio automatically backed up text messages, call history and contacts - and populated a personalized digital journal so it was easy to go back in time to relive a crazy weekend or recent birthday.

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Friday, 07.01.11
CONNECTIVITY: Microsoft previews Windows Home Server Beta add-on for Windows Phone 7
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:58 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

During the current CES in Las Vegas, Microsoft is previewing a Windows Phone 7 Beta add-in for Microsoft's upcoming Windows Home Server code-named "Vail". The Windows Phone 7 add-in will give remote access to Windows Home Servers and providing access to Alerts, Media and Account. Just like the Alert option on the Dashboard, the Windows Phone version gives alert notifications on the connected Windows Home Server. Media, which is the most important part, will provide access to all music, photos and videos, stored on the Windows Home Server, allowing to smoothly stream music, photos and even videos right from the home to a Windows Phone away from home!

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Thursday, 06.01.11
SERVICE: Yahoo! announces Flickr for Windows 7 and Windows Phone 7
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:14 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Yahoo! has announced today that it will bring the Flickr experience to Windows 7 and Windows Phone 7. Introducing a whole new way to share the life through photos, Flickr for Microsoft will allow to easily browse the world on Flickr in stunning high-resolution display and touch navigation controls, uploading images on the go and staying connected with people who matter most. The new Flickr for Windows 7 and Windows Mobile 7 will allow to share photos with friends and family via E-Mail, Twitter, Facebook and more by uploading images on the go with the in-app uploader. It seamlessly transition from Windows Phone 7 to Windows 7 tablet and back again, without ever losing the place.

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IMPROVEMENTS: What the 1st Windows Phone 7 Firmware Update will be about
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:02 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

During yesterday's CES keynote, Microsoft's Steve Ballmer again confirmed that the 1st Windows Phone 7 update is soon to be released and Microsoft has unveiled further information what users can expect from it. According to these information, the update will include copy and paste, faster apps and games start and a better Marketplace search. Without going into further details, copy and paste will allow to select and copy text from E-Mails, text messages, web pages and Office Mobile documents, and paste it anywhere. Furthermore Microsoft said it has whittled down the time it takes for apps and games to start up and resume, which is important since Windows Phone 7 isn't featuring traditionall multitasking.

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Wednesday, 05.01.11
RUMOR: Microsoft to roll-out NoDo for Windows Phone 7 early February - followed by Mango in Summer
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:42 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Looks like the recent Windows Phone 7 update rumors were somewhat true. Paul Thurrott has posted that the expected first Windows Phone 7 update will be called "NoDo" and that it will RTM anytime January with a possible announcement during this week's CES in Las Vegas. We already know that NoDo will bring copy & paste as well as other bug fixes; however - according to Thurrott - it will also include support for Qualcomm 7x30 chipsets and the required CDMA location stack which finally makes Verizon and Sprint Windows Phone 7 launches possible. According to Thurrott's information, NoDo won't ship before February which could prove previous rumors of a January and February update.

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EBOOK: Amazon releases free Kindle Reader for Windows Phone 7
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:44 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Right in time for today's starting CES in Las Vegas, Amazon has launched its earlier promised Kindle app for Windows Phone 7. As expected, the Kindle app is optimized for the Windows Phone, following Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 guidelines, and gives users the ability to read Kindle books on a beautiful, easy-to-use interface. U.S. customers will have access to over 750,000 books in the Kindle Store, including best sellers and new releases. Amazon Whispersync automatically syncs last page read, bookmarks, notes and highlights across devices (including Kindle devices), so users can pick up where they left off on another device.

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Monday, 03.01.11
HOMEBREWED: New SMS, New Email and WiFi Settings Shortcuts for Windows Phone 7
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:08 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

If you are that kind of Windows Phone 7 user who want to go straight to your tasks and don't want to jump in and out of your apps, then codeJoker's recently released homebrewed shortcuts might be something useful for you. The co-developer of ChevronWP7 has released "New SMS", "New Email" and "WiFi Settings" which isn't doing anything fancy than just allowing to write a new SMS text message or E-Mail with a single click, or opening Windows Phone 7's WiFi settings without navigating through the settings menu first. And if you have more than just one E-Mail account configured, New Email even asks you from which E-Mail account the E-Mail should be sent from, before it opens the editor.

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