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Wednesday, 25.04.12
AVAILABILITY: British phones 4u first in Europe to carry the Nokia Lumia 900 (?)
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:12 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

I'm really not sure how valid this info is or not but I've just received the following press release that British "phones 4u" confirmed it will be the first European retailer to range the eagerly anticipated Nokia Lumia 900 Windows Phone. Further to the US Nokia Lumia 900 launch event, the product has already proven to be an overwhelming success and with the continuing high demand for Nokia's latest Lumia smartphones, the Lumia 900 will now launch, a little bit delayed, in the UK at Phones 4u on 14th May. Nokia's third Lumia smartphone builds on the range's sleek, attention grabbing design and rich social and Internet experience.

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CHANGES: Microsoft cutting off Zune from the Windows Phone Marketplace - discontinues support of pre-Mango
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:54 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

In a recent blog post, Microsoft informed its Windows Phone customers (if they read Microsoft's Windows Phone blog), that some changes are coming to the company's Zune client for desktop PCs. When Windows Phone was launched, either Zune on the PC or the Marketplace on the phone were the only places to search for and download apps. But later, Microsoft also launched the web version of its Marketplace for Windows Phone. However, Microsoft confirmed that most Windows Phone owners browse, download and buy apps on their phones but also the web Marketplace, which debuted last September on the Windows Phone website, has become a popular place to shop - especially since it's available from any Internet-connected PC or Mac.

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Tuesday, 24.04.12
ENHANCED: Facebook for Windows Phone to receive a major overhaul and feature enhancements
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:49 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While Windows Phone comes with Facebook pre-integrated, out of the box, for some users nothing compares to a dedicated stand-alone application and therefore there's also a Facebook app for Windows Phone available. Now, Facebook Microsoft (which is actually developing the Windows Phone Facebook app) gave a sneak-peek of it's upcoming Facebook version for Windows Phone and posted on Facebook - where else - what v2.5 will bring: "We read every comment you submit on Facebook, through E-Mail, and through the Marketplace, we use them to plan features for releases and we really appreciate all the work you put into feeding back. We're listening :-)". And Facebook mentioned, that the team worked hard over the past few weeks on building the next version and is now getting close to release.

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Monday, 23.04.12
RELEASE: Skype for Windows Phone goes Gold - comes still with a couple of limitations
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:05 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

During the weekend, Skype has released its final version of Skype for Windows Phone which was initially launched as a public Beta during the recent Mobile World Congress. The newly updated Skype for Windows Phone Gold version comes with the following new features and improvements and now supports portrait mode video calling, add new contacts (Skype and phone contacts), support for participating on audio conference calls, call-in-progress notification, ability to mark all messages as read, block/unblock/view blocked contacts and the support of 18 languages. Nevertheless, not changed and due to the design limitation of Windows Phone, communications will be received only when the Skype app is in foreground.

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Friday, 13.04.12
DISCONTINUED: ChevronWP7 Labs closing down - relocks all unlocked Windows Phones within 120 days (but...)
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:31 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

After the ChevronWP7 Labs project, which allowed to unlock Windows Phones to enable them to run homebrew apps, reached the 10k downloads mark, it was closed early January and so far there was no further information how this project is continuing, or not. Now, Brandon Watson, one of the brains behind ChevronWP7 and Chevron WP7 Labs, announced that the service is closing. According to him, the goal of this experiment was two-fold: "First, to determine if we could supercharge the Windows Phone beginner/hobbyist community by removing the initial cost barrier (i.e. App Hub membership). And second, to convert potential developers into published developers."

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Sunday, 01.04.12
REVOLUTIONARY: Microsoft to launch Windows Mobile 7.6 Lefty Update to better support Left-Handed users
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:02 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

According to Microsoft Germany, about 15 percent of the world's population are left handed but so far, this group was largely excluded from the smartphone boom due to their innate "talent" to often have difficulties with the operation of the devices. The awkward handling of right-handed devices often leads to tendonitis and cartilage damage in their hands. However, Microsoft has realized the problem and announced today to release a Windows Mobile 7.6. Lefty update which resolves these deficits. Tile arrangement and scrolling were perfectly adapted to the "strong" thumb.

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