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Monday, 27.02.12
MWC LIVE: Microsoft lowers Windows Phone Device requirements to increase addressable Markets
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:30 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While Microsoft isn't holding its own press conference at this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the company has made a major announcements anyway. While it has neither unveiled a date for its Tango update nor its expected Apollo upgrade, Microsoft unveiled plans to bring its Windows Phone smartphones to new countries by expanding hardware and language support. A new line of low-cost phones, which use cheaper "system-on-a-chip" processers and reduced memory, will bring a high-end smartphone experience to more affordable devices - while still running nearly all the applications available in the Windows Phone Marketplace.

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MWC LIVE: ZTE announces its second Windows Phone - ZTE Orbit to follow ZTE Tanja
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

ZTE today announced it has expanded its commitment to the Windows Phone platform and introduced the new ZTE Orbit. The Orbit joins the ZTE Tania in the company's portfolio of Windows Phone-based devices. The ZTE Tania is commercially available in the UK and Sweden and other countries around the world. The ZTE Orbit is based on the latest version of Windows Phone and comes with 4 GB of memory, HD voice and a 5 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash. The ZTE Orbit will be available in the second quarter of this year.

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MWC LIVE: Microsoft and Skype announces public Beta of Skype for Windows Phone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

During today's Mobile World Congress Nokia press conference, Terry Myerson announced the long awaited launch of Skype for Windows Phone which is now available as a public Beta. Skype for Windows Phone Beta supports the most important Skype features you've come to know and love. And you will be especially thrilled by the clean and simple Skype experience that the Metro user interface delivers on your Windows Phone. It has never before been so easy to connect with the people you care about most. With Skype for Windows Phone Beta you can make free audio and video calls to your Skype contacts over 3G and 4G or WiFi, make affordable calls to landlines and mobiles using Skype Credit, create and hold one-to-one and group chats, and update your profile and account information, among others features.

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MWC LIVE: Nokia announces worldwide launch of the Lumia 900 and introduces the Lumia 610
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:30 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Nokia today introduced a range of new products, services and partnerships at Mobile World Congress, setting the pace for 2012 and demonstrating rapid execution of its new strategic direction. The new strategy already has resulted in the adoption of Windows Phone as Nokia's primary smartphone platform, major changes to its feature phones, and additional emphasis on location-based services with the launch of its Location & Commerce business. Nokia is going to  extended the range of products with Windows Phone by introducing the Nokia Lumia 610, the most affordable Lumia yet, as well as targeting availability of the widely acclaimed Lumia 900 to additional markets beyond the U.S.

"One year ago, we shared that Nokia was embarking on a new journey to build

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Friday, 17.02.12
REDESIGN: Microsoft's new Windows 8 logo is a Window - not a Flag (anymore)
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:19 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Sure, for now it's pretty much a "desktop PC" related news item but I'm quite confident that it will have an impact on Windows Phone - soon! As Microsoft's Sam Moreau announced today at the Windows Blog, Microsoft has radically redesigned its upcoming Windows 8 logo. As Moreau explains "the Windows logo is a strong and widely recognized mark but when we stepped back and analyzed it, we realized an evolution of our logo would better reflect our Metro style design principles and we also felt there was an opportunity to reconnect with some of the powerful characteristics of previous incarnations". And the result is a "window", not a "flag" - anymore!

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Wednesday, 15.02.12
ENHANCED: Facebook updates Facebook for Windows Phone - adds new features and refreshed design
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:39 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While Windows Phone has a pretty decent integration of Facebook into its Peoples hub, nothing compares to a stand-alone applications which has often far more features than such a tight integration. And finally, Facebook has updated its Facebook for Windows Phone which comes with a couple of improvements and enhancements. First of all, Facebook v2.3 for Windows Phone focuses on news feed performance improvements but it also brings a more Metro look and feel panorama design which also includes a new profile design. It is now also showing banner images and provides access to pages, groups, feed filters and finally allows to show "likes".

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