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Friday, 25.02.11
DISCONTINUED: Vito Technology to discontinue support of its Windows Mobile Apps
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:16 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Vito Technology today announced that starting Feb 28th they will discontinue support of all Windows Mobile apps including AudioNotes, AudioNotes Touch, AstroNavigator II, Communication Suite, EyePhoto, FunContact, GoodWin, and other Windows Mobile products. These apps will no longer be available for download. And while Vito Technology has announced to discontinue its Windows Mobile products, it seems the company has yet no plans to enter the Windows Phone 7 bandwagon instead. The reason to discontinue the Windows Mobile development is connected to the Windows Mobile platform's limitations, as Victor Toporkov, Vito Technology CEO explained: "All our Windows Mobile items have become outdated. Besides there is no further perspective for the development and improvement of our products".

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Thursday, 24.02.11
RESPONSE: Microsoft tries to explain Windows Phone 7 update problems
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:33 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

During the past days, I was in contact with Microsoft regarding the recently released Windows Phone 7 update and the problems some customers faced and finally, Microsoft has released a statement where it explains a little bit more detailed how Microsoft's own Windows Phone 7 update process is working as well as it released figures how well or bad the first Windows Phone 7 update did. First of all - Microsoft said that 90 % of the customers who've received an update notification have installed the new software patch successfully. However, 10 % experienced a problem, where 5 % failed for two basic reasons - a bad Internet connection or insufficient computer storage space.

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Wednesday, 23.02.11
FAILWARE: Microsoft takes down first Windows Phone 7 Firmware updates
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:57 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following the trouble Microsoft caused for some customers with its first Windows Phone 7 update, the company has taken down its Samsung Omnia 7 and Focus updates. In a statement, Microsoft said: "We have identified a technical issue with the Windows Phone update process that impacts a small number of phones. "We have temporarily taken down the latest software update for Samsung phones in order to correct the issue and as soon as possible will redistribute the update." However, if you now think all Windows Phone 7 devices or all Samsung Omnia 7 devices are the same - you are wrong. On its German Windows Phone Facebook page, Microsoft said that T-Mobile's Omnia 7 isn't affected.

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Tuesday, 22.02.11
SOLUTION: How to get a frozen Windows Phone 7 back alive after the Update failed?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:59 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While many Windows Phone 7 users are still awaiting its first Windows Phone 7 update, others have received it already and while it looks like the update went smooth for most users, some customers have faced problems with Microsoft's first ever update, resulting in a - on the first sight - bricked device. However, if the update failed, nothing (especially not your brand new Windows Phone 7 device) is lost - according to Microsoft - but the company has released some info for customers, which are encountering issues during the backup where the device/backup creation is hung up at step 6/7.

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Monday, 21.02.11
FIRMWARE: Microsoft rolls-out first minor Windows Phone 7 update in preparation for NoDo
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:16 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

In preparation of Microsoft's upcoming Windows Phone 7 "NoDo" firmware update, Microsoft has just released an incremental update which will now be rolled-out worldwide. However, this is not the update that contains copy and paste as well as other under the hood improvements but this update is a a relatively small one which prepares Windows Phone 7 to receive subsequent updates in the future. It's quite similar to some HTC Android updates in the past where the bootloader was updated to allow the devices to receive the firmware update itself; however this Windows Phone 7 update isn't changing the bootloader but prepares the OS itself, to improve the software update process.

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Monday, 14.02.11
MWC11 LIVE: Microsoft shows new features and future direction as momentum builds for Windows Phone 7
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:27 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Microsoft today kicked off Mobile World Congress by giving people a glimpse of what the rest of the year will bring for Windows Phone 7. Among the updates are several new features, a booming app marketplace, and the integration of even more Microsoft products with the phone. A concrete example of the company's vision is the new strategic partnership with Nokia. "This partnership will combine the strengths of our two companies, and fuel our growth as we build the global Windows Phone ecosystem. This is a great win for us, for Nokia, and for our existing and new customers around the world," said Andy Lees, president of Microsoft's Mobile Communications Business. The first goal with Windows Phone 7, Lees said, was to deliver a uniquely delightful customer experience.

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Friday, 11.02.11
COOPERATION: Nokia to be allowed to fully customize Windows Phone 7
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:05 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Now that's a face palm for all other Microsoft Windows Phone 7 partners, especially HTC which has a long track-record in customizing Microsoft's Windows Mobile and therefore kept it alive when it was already completely outdated. Stephen Elop, Nokia's CEO, posed on an interesting (really rhetorical?) question in his financial and strategy: "Will Nokia be able to customize everything on Windows Phone 7 in order to differentiate itself?". And his straight forward answer was a simple "Yes" though he quickly pulled it back to say that Nokia likely won't make extensive use of this freedom to tailor Microsoft's mobile OS which Nokia will use as its smartphone platform from now. Instead, Nokia will be cautious and seek to maintain compatibility rather than pushing the boat out too far in tweaking the underlying software.

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BREAKING: Nokia and Microsoft announce plans for a broad Strategic Partnership to build a new Global Mobile Ecosystem
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:04 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Just ahead of next week's starting Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Nokia and Microsoft today announced plans to form a broad strategic partnership that would use their complementary strengths and expertise to create a new global mobile ecosystem. Nokia and Microsoft intend to jointly create Windows Phone (7)-based market-leading mobile products and services designed to offer consumers, operators and developers unrivalled choice and opportunity. As each company would focus on its core competencies, the partnership would create the opportunity for rapid time to market execution. Additionally, Nokia and Microsoft plan to work together to integrate key assets and create completely new service offerings, while extending established products and services to new markets.

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Thursday, 10.02.11
UNCONFIRMED: Windows Phone 7 NoDo Update to be released (?) at the MWC 11
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:18 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Yes, we know that Microsoft will release its first Windows Phone 7 update, code named "NoDo", anytime soon but so far Microsoft hasn't given any further information when their smartphone customers will get copy & paste as well as further under the hood improvements. However, after some rumors made the round that it might be delayed to anytime later this spring, earlier today Microsoft Germany just tweeted from it's German Windows Phone Twitter account that in the recent days, they got "more and more questions regarding the update" and that Microsoft "doesn't want to wet up" its users, attaching a link to the Mobile World Congress keynote page.

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Wednesday, 02.02.11
SURVEILLANCE: Microsoft restricted Windows Phone 7 Skydrive access because of uploaded "Nudes"
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:29 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

German "Aachener Zeitung" reported yesterday, that Microsoft temporary closed a Windows Phone 7 Skydrive account of a German user because Microsoft found "nudes". Dirk Salm, a professional photographer in Aachen, wasn't able to access his Windows Live Skydrive last week anymore; after it was temporary closed without any further information. After complaints to the Microsoft customer service, he received an E-Mail which said that "four photos, in one of his albums violated, Microsoft's terms of use - because of nudity". Therefore he was asked to delete them within 48 hours, otherwise Microsoft threatened him to block the Windows Live Skydrive access permanently.

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RESPONSE: Yahoo! blames Microsoft's IMAP integration for Windows Phone 7's Phantom Data
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:05 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Yesterday, Microsoft issued a press info where the Windows Phone 7 maker said that it identified the root cause of the so called "phantom data" problem and blamed (Windows Phone 7's) Yahoo! Mail (integration) for it. And within less than 24 hours, Yahoo! responded with a statement Pocket-lint has received. According to Yahoo!, "Yahoo! Mail is widely available on tens of millions of mobile phones, including those running on Apple iOS, Android, Nokia Symbian, and RIM. The issue on the Windows Phones is specific to how Microsoft chose to implement IMAP for Yahoo! Mail and does not impact Yahoo! Mail on these other mobile devices."

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Tuesday, 01.02.11
UNCOVERED: Windows Phone 7 Phantom Data - it was Yahoo! Mail [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:10 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Right after the launch of Windows Phone 7, users started to report about abnormal high idle data usage they haven't experienced with any handsets before and Microsoft followed-up earlier this year and confirmed that it started to investigate the phantom-data cause. According to BBC and fellow MVP reports, some users have complained that their phone has send "between 30 and 50 MB of data every day; an amount that would devour a 1 GB allowance in 20 days". Other users have noticed that the phone's "idle data usage is around 2 - 5 MB per hour" and interesting enough, most reports and complaints seemed to came from the U.S.

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