Following on the heels of the rumors last week regarding tethering support, Microsoft’s Director for Windows Phone 7 (Brandon Watson) announced on the Windows Weekly Podcast (at 1:05:40) that tethering will be supported at launch, but it will be up to the carrier whether it is enabled or not.
This is definitely more in line with what we would have expected, even if it is a little disappointing. What say you? Is tethering one of those key features you were hoping for?
As Windows Phone 7 gets closers to market, the more information and details on the particular phones will surface. We've seen pictures and specs increase on the HTC HD7 and now it's the HTC Trophy's turn.
wmpoweruser has acquired a leaked spec sheet on the Windows Phone 7 phone. It has the Trophy fitted with European 3G bands, a 3.8" 480x800 WVGA TFT LCD with 16 million colors, 512mb ROM, 576mb RAM, 8gb non-removable storage, a 5mp CMOS camera, and a 1300mAH battery.
This will be a European release but could we see a U.S. variation?
A Samsung Windows Phone 7 was recently caught up against an iPhone, giving us a little size comparison. What appears to be the Cetus is just a smidgen longer and wider than the iPhone and maybe even thicker.
What's a little confusing is that we've known the Cetus to be tagged the Samsung SGH-i917. The Windows Phone 7 device pictured is tagged the SGH-i916. The distinction is likely that the i916 is headed to the Canadian wireless provider Rogers, while the i917 is AT&T bound.
Microsoft has been busy this summer with Windows Live and it doesn't look like they are slowing down. Updates are slated for Hotmail ranging from larger attachment size limits to folder management enhancements.
The updates include:
Emails that include package tracking (e.g. FedEx tracking) will now light up in Hotmail and through ActiveViews, recognize the tracking number and display the real time status. This feature fully supports U.S. Postal Service and FedEx tracking. DHL and UPS, for the time being, will display a link to the shipper's website for status information.
Facebook chat will be available through Hotmail. This feature will initially roll out in the U.S., U.K., France, Brazil, Germany and Russia.
Attachment size per email has been increased to 25mb.
Up to 10GB of photos can now be shared through email by sharing them as a photo album on Skydrive.
Dailymotion and Justin.tv videos now can be viewed directly inside your email.
Folders now can be created within folders to help better managed and organize your emails.
The updates will initially be rolled out to a small percentage of users just to make sure things go smoothly. Once all the bugs are ironed out, the updates will roll out at quicker pace. It is anticipated that the entire process will take a few weeks to complete.
For the uninitiated, Kinoma Play (and FreePlay) is one of the very best multimedia apps available for Windows Mobile. The slick UI, support for numerous media types, social integration, and massive content selection make Kinoma one of those apps that really sets the bar for everyone else. For those of you still using Kinoma on a regular basis, an update is available for both Play and FreePlay. This update apparently addresses issues with YouTube playback.
Anybody out there still using Kinoma on a regular basis?
'Zombies!!!' is the latest title slated for the upcoming Windows Phone 7 launch. Based on the award-winning board game by Twilight Creations. Software developer Babaroga will be offering the graphically pleasing game for WP7.
Promising to bring murder, mayhem and plenty of Zombies to your Windows Phone 7 device, Zombies Mobile Edition will worth checking out. Graphically, the game takes a unique player perspective and has excellent design, offering what looks to be hilarious campy fun.
Peep the full teaser-trailer after the jump. Totally worth it.
Oh, and can someone pass that cup of...braaaaains!? --Mal
Yesterday, Brandon Watson of Microsoft teased the Twitter world with a question regarding the most requested developer tool for Windows Phone 7.
Today, we have our answer: Visual Basic, one of the most popular and easy to learn programming languages. And...dun dun dun...it was used on Windows Mobile for years, giving developers yet another way to port over existing code (the core of the program) to our new OS, leaving just the UI to be reformatted.
Like C#, Visual Basic is "managed" code, making it easier to learn and implement, but having less depth, meaning it's not a "native" development language like, say C++ (also used on Windows Mobile). "Native" language development is what is needed for 3rd party web browser development and other "core" applications. But no sign Microsoft is going to give developers those keys just yet. Microsoft had promised that other languages besides C# would be allowed to be used for development on the new Windows Phone platform, so this is a result of that..
These aren't the final tools and we shouldn't expect any VB apps for awhile at least--this is just Microsoft starting the process by soliciting feedback from developers and building on that for a future release. While XNA games cannot be built on VB, Silverlight apps can, so we should see even more development in that area in the future, giving Windows Phone 7 multiple routes for progress.
To sum up: this is very good news as evidently "the most requested developer tool" was just granted, keeping those developers quite happy.
The HD7 has gotten a lot of attention lately with photos, sketches, and GCF certification on what we suspect is the European version. Now we are seeing a spec sheet surface for the Windows Phone 7 device that gives more detail on the HD7 than we've seen before.
The spec list, surfacing over at wmpoweruser, if it holds true, shows the HD7 supporting T-Mobile's US 3G frequencies, giving credence to the speculation that this will be their Windows Phone 7 flagship. The 4.3" 480x800 WVGA device will have 512mb ROM, 576mb RAM and a 8gb non-removable microSD card.
The power source is a 1230 mAh battery which sounds a little on the small size for such a power house of a phone. The rest of the specs (kickstand and all) match up with the photos that surfaced the other day.
The accessories include a wired remote and a mono bluetooth headset. We also note that the widgets (part of the HTC Sense Hub?) noted include a bedside clock, voice recorder, and parking meter widget along with the other apps we've heard rumors of.
Still no word on when the HD7 will be available in the U.S. Hopefully, we'll have a better picture on things as October 11th gets closer.
As you can tell from the screen shot, the title of each version is long enough to cut off which version is which. It may take a little effort to find the language you are looking for but, hey, it's a free app!
Windows Live Alerts was a subscription alert service within Windows Live. Users could be alerted from 3rd party sources such as MSNBC, FOX Sports, MSN Weather, and NASDAQ on news items, appointments, scores, etc.
If you use Windows Live Alerts, you'll see the following message when you go to manage your Alerts.
"Thank-you for your interest in Windows Live Alerts. After much consideration we have decided to discontinue this service as part of the Windows Live offerings. Please sign up with Windows Live Alerts partners directly to receive their newsletters or other content updates from them. Hotmail Calendar Alerts and reminders will continue to be managed by Windows Live Alerts for the time being."
By now, we're hoping that the news has sunken in, you've sobered up, gone back to your job and reacquainted yourself with your current beater-of-a-smartphone, sporting technology nearly a year old. The fact that there will be no Windows Phone 7 devices for CDMA (Sprint, Verizon, etc.) till "first half of 2011" was quite a blow, wuddinit?
This obviously puts a monkey wrench in a lot of our holiday plans and, like some of you, we're considering alternates e.g. getting an AT&T account (ahem, while keeping our Sprint SERO plan on the side).
But what are your plans? Switching carriers? Hold out with Sprint/Verizon till spring 2011? Going with Android, like so many Windows Mobile "power users"?
Take the poll and sound off in comments, we're curious and you need to vent!