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3 years ago

Is Windows Phone 'Mango' 7.5 or not?

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Is Windows Phone 'Mango' 7.5 or not?

Read into that slide what you will, but it sure looks to us like Microsoft is calling 'Mango' Windows Phone 7.5, at least internally.

However, when we asked Andrew Clinick from Microsoft, he said that it was a "mistake" calling it 7.5 in that slide and that they haven't decided on what they are calling it yet. So backtrack/covering or legit position? We have no idea, but figured it was worth mentioning, at the very least.

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3 years ago

Xbox LIVE Hub getting revamped with Mango?

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Looks like Microsoft may be retooling the Xbox LIVE hub a bit for Mango as well, though they are mum on the details at the moment.

The image to the left was taken by us during a MIX11 session today. Denoting Xbox LIVE Gold Status, the change is quite significant from the current version. Our guess is that if you have a Gold account, it will now reflect on the tile. When we asked Microsoft's Andrew Clinick about it, he was very coy giving us a "I have no idea what you're talking about!" with a grin. Real frunny guys!

The second shot to the right, comes courtesy of Long Zheng/iStartedSomething of ChevronWP7 fame and was taken during the keynote (from his Flickr stream). It shows what the nex Xbox Hub may look like, with a smaller list view being shown. What other changes are there? We'll try to find out, but MS seems to not be revealing too much here.

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3 years ago

Emulator screenshot ability coming with May tool refresh [Developers]

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Good news devs, with the May tool refresh announced today, you'll also be getting a screenshot tool within the emulator (no, still nothing for on-device). 

It's resolution agnostic and will be a snap to use (zing!). All we know is this will probably make a lot of dev lives easier instead of relying on third-party tricks to grab screenshot.

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3 years ago

Developers may get early access to Mango

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Windows Phone developers might be in for a treat. In a Channel 9 Live interview, followed up with a tweet, Brandon Watson let it be known that Microsoft is working hard to enable an early release of Mango to developers.

The obvious benefit is that this early release will allow developers to test the update before it reaches consumers. It will also give developers a jump on any updates and new software that will tap into any new features Mango will bring to Windows Phone 7.

Source: wpsauce

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3 years ago

No gyroscope access for current Windows Phones, only new 'Mango' devices?

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Andrew Clinick gave a talk today on the future of the Windows Phone platform, specifically on 'Mango', going into more detail than the keynote (we'll have a video up later).

During the sensor discussion, it was mentioned that current Windows Phones won't have access to the Gyroscope API since they evidently don't have the hardware to support it, in turn, only "new" devices with 'Mango' on board will have this feature.  Of course, for all we know there may be one or two devices out there with gyroscope access on board already, but it doesn't seem to be the case. Either way, it does raise a conudrum of how older phones will deal with newer software that uses this feature.

Update: We confirmed with Clinick after the talk: current devices do not have a gyro, so only new Mango devices will have this. So what about software and devs? Basically with a combo of the accelerometer and other APIs for hardware, you can simulate, to a lesser degree, the gyroscope behavoir.  So you can run the apps, they just won't be as awesome as devices with gyros. Fair enough.

Update 2: Per Microsoft's Istvan Cseri, the gyroscope sensor is optional, up to the OEMs

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3 years ago

Skype heading to Windows Phone 7

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Skype heading to Windows Phone 7

Skype, the popular internet messaging service, is heading to Windows Phone 7. Joe Belfiore, Microsoft's VP of Windows Phone Program Management, provided an early glimpse at the communications app during today's MIX11 keynote.

Skype will definitely enhance the communications capabilities of our Windows Phones. Now we just need a front facing camera to take advantage of Skype's video features. While no specific date was mentioned, we should see Skype landing in the Marketplace later this Fall.

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3 years ago

Wrap-up on today's MIX11 keynote

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Wrap-up on today's MIX11 keynote

Today was a superb day for both the Windows Phone 7 platform and the development community behind the 13,000 Marketplace apps. Luckily we were at the front (literally) of the action in Las Vegas and laying our hawk eyes on the live stream to bring you the best coverage of the keynote from a variety of angles. Not only were we live blogging the entire session, we are also bringing you the latest bulletins covering the Angry Birds release date, IMDb working with Bing, Kik Messenger coming to WP7 and more.

Follow the break for a snappy list breaking down the important topics covered in the keynote along with an in-depth summary.

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3 years ago

First look: IMDb + Bing working together in 'Mango' [Video]

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One of the big new features coming up in 'Mango' this fall is the ability for developers to have their app work with other apps. For now, devs can have their app integrate with Zune e.g. PicoLyrics and YouTube. Take that model and expand it across the device and you have an idea what's in store.

In the example above, a search for a movie in Bing allows you to link back to IMDb, even maintaining the movie you were looking for ('Source Code' in this case). This ability for apps to "talk to each other" will quite huge as it's going to allow a lot more powerful apps on the platform.

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3 years ago

Quick look: Kik Messenger for Windows Phone 7 [Video]

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Today, Microsoft and partner Kik (see website) introduced and showed off Kik Messenger for Windows Phone 7. The app is expected to arrive "in the next few weeks". The IM program has over 3 million users on iPhone and Android, photo sharing and groups.

Here is a quick video tour of the app in action to get an idea of what to expect. Looks good to us.

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3 years ago

Those MIX11 rumors are now a reality

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Those MIX11 rumors are now a reality

A few days ago, we received a tip from @WindowsPhone8 about some upcoming features that developers will be getting in the new tools release as well as the upcoming 'Mango' update. While we weren't 100% sure of the information, it seemed credible and realistic enough.

Sure enough, Microsoft today at MIX11 announced pretty much everything we wrote on:

  • Interoperability: devs can now use both Silverlight and XNA inside a single app - Check
  • Bundled SQL CE database on the device - Check
  • Full camera API access e.g. for augmented reality apps - Check
  • Live tiles and push notifications will be improved and easier for developers to use - Check
  • Sensor framework and controls - easier access - Check
  • Silverlight 4 for Windows Phone - Check
  • Full network / sockets access (we've heard this before) - Check
  • More on 'Mango' - Check

We'll have more on these components throughout the day as it's a lot to digest. The feeling here at MIX11 though is exuberant for these announcements and devs seem very happy with all the news tools, including even more improved performance (scrolling, memory, loading) for apps.

So yes, 'Mango' will be pretty huge and Microsoft is still saying it's scheduled for "the Fall", which is good news to our ears. See earlier announcement for more info and watch @WindowsPhone8 for further leaks.
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3 years ago

Fan-made WP7 shown at MIX, potentially TV advert

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Brandon Foy made a fan video for Windows Phone 7 that became quite popular throughout the community--anyone remember this? The WP7 team at Microsoft was continuously pointed to the video and they decided to show it as an introduction at MIX'11: the Wednesday WP7 focused keynote. 

Not only that, but Joe Belfiore, who oversees Windows Phone Program Management stated that Microsoft plan to use the video as a television advertisement should the video pass 200,000 views. You can check out the video here for comments and to rate it, spread the word and help us get Brandon's work on the big screen.

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3 years ago

Microsoft shows off 'Mango', announces new Dev Tools, Skype, Layar and more

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Las Vegas, April 13th...

Microsoft today showed off the next version of Windows Phone, coming this fall, called 'Mango' as well as announced new developer tools what will give devs a chance to go deeper with the phone.

The improved dev tools include "a performance profiler and sensor stimulation, enabling developers to build more intergrated and high-performing applications". In addition, devs get:

  • Application multitasking for background processing,, audio and file transfer, and fast app switching
  • Deeper phone intergration so apps can, for example, take better advantage of the versatility of Live Tiles
  • Access to the camera and Motion Sensor library so devs can build apps that incorporate device hardware and build augmented reality experiences
  • All of these new tools will be available starting in May. 

In addition, Microsoft showed of the next version of Windows Phone called 'Mango' including new apps such as Skype (!), Spotify, Layar, Quantas, Amazon Shopping and Kik Messenger

So there you go folks. Expect more throughout the day, including videos and more info. But darn it all, Microsoft is listening and look to be delivering. Shout out in comments on your thoughts!

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3 years ago

MIX11 Windows Phone Keynote Liveblog and Livestream!

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Although yesterday had some interesting news from Microsoft: IE9, IE10 preview, dev wall, Kinect and Surface news and there were plenty of Windows Phone session, but only on "current" software and development.

Today the gloves come off.

First up, we have a nice hour and half Keynote today, which we know a big part of will be on Windows Phone. Joe Belfiore along with Scott Guthrie will be talking about the future of Windows Phone, specifically about 'Mango' and we expect new developer tools and access to APIs (see our "rumor" coverage). While that may sound dull, it's actually quite huge as it'll really unleash the hardware for devs, who can write a ton of new software.

Follow that right here as we have our live blog of that event, where you can join in the chat too. We've also embedded the livestream if you're able to watch video. It all starts at noon eastern, 9 pacific.

The rest of the day are "Sessions", which are 45 min talks dealing with, yes, Windows Phone 7. Some of those talks today which we'll be going to are listed here. These "secret" sessions had no titles/descriptions until it leaked yesterday, that's because they deal with features/things not yet announced--until this morning's keynote, that is.

So stay tuned here as we'll have some video of the talks, photos and we'll see anything else that we can dig up. But in short, we're expecting a big day around here, so stay tuned.

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3 years ago

Still Nogo on the Nodo Update

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Microsoft has released its latest update on the Windows Phone 7 update. Briefly put, there are no changes since the last update.

Eric Hautala is taking it on the chin this week by saying that AT&T is expected to finish update testing in early April. Apparently nobody pointed out to Eric that today was April 13th, a date many consider well past early April.

We're eager to share progress. But these tests are important, and they're just not quite done. I expect to have more to say soon—so please stay tuned.

Blah, blah, blah. Microsoft needs to stop making excuses for delays that carriers are creating and light a fire to get these updates to consumers. We know the tests are important but why is everyone else making progress while others aren't? Are AT&T engineers that much slower than others?

The only saving grace is that the current version of Windows Phone 7 is running great.  Sure, copy/paste would be nice but it'll get here one day. Thankfully this isn't a critical update needed to correct major problems with system stability.

What concerns me is how Microsoft seems to be surrendering the update process to the carriers. Wasn't Windows Phone 7 supposed to be a more controlled environment?  If Microsoft can place requirements on Windows Phone 7 manufacturers and developers why can't they put requirement on carriers with respect to update?  A requirement stating testing must be concluded 45 days after the update is released to the carriers?

This is the first update for Windows Phone 7 and maybe we should cut Microsoft some slack.  However, if Microsoft can't get a handle on the update process, it will only create more problems down the road with future updates.  Problems that will only hurt Windows Phone 7's chances for success.

Just as a reminder, you can check the current status of the Nodo update through Microsoft's Update Page or from your Windows Phone by using the "Dude, Where is my update" app.

source: Windowsteamblog

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3 years ago

Xbox Live: Harbor Master and Centipede now in the Marketplace

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An amazing two weeks ago, we brought you the news of this week’s Xbox Live releases and their prices, and now our prediction has come true. Harbor Master and Centipede are finally available on the Marketplace.

Harbor Master is a line-drawing game from Imangi Studios in which players direct incoming ships to port. Once the ships unload their cargo, they must also be sent safely on their way. It features seven levels with cool hazards like pirates and sea monsters. For more information, check out our exclusive preview.

Centipede is a faithful emulation of the hit 1980 arcade game from Atari (the Windows Phone port comes from Krome Studios). Players control a garden gnome who fends off invading centipedes and other vile bugs. Centipede is also the first Game Room title for Microsoft’s mobile platform. These arcade ports include bonus content like 3D recreations of the original arcade cabinets as well as historical data. WP7 Game Room games share Leaderboard data with the Xbox 360 and Games for Windows Live (PC) versions.

Both games costs $2.99 and have free trials. Grab Harbor Master here and Centipede here (Zune links) on the Marketplace.

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