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4 years ago

Windows Live Essentials 2011 is now available

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Microsoft released Windows Live Essentials 2011 yesterday afternoon. While the Windows Live software package is focused on PC functionality and Windows 7 integration, there is a growing connection to Windows Phones.  Especially Windows Phone 7.

For those not familiar with Live Essentials, it is a series of tools and applications that range from Family Safety filters for the internet to Windows Live Mail.

Essentials also contains several connected services that we expect will integrate with your Windows Phone 7 device. These services include:

  • Windows Live Photo Gallery:  A photo management application that has the ability to share photos on your Skydrive, Flickr, and Facebook accounts.
  • Windows Live Movie Maker:  A video editor that has the ability to instantly publish movies to YouTube.
  • Windows Live Messenger:  While known for it's instant message ability, Messenger now allows you to stay in touch with friends on Facebook, LinkedIN and MySpace.
  • Windows Live Mail: An email application that keeps you in touch with your Hotmail and other email clients.
  • Windows Live Mesh:  Mesh will give you the ability to sync files across multiple devices and to your Skydrive making them accessible wherever you are.

How tightly integrated these connected services will be with Windows Phone 7 has yet to be seen.  We could easily see taking a photo and it's automatically uploaded to your Photo Gallery storage on Skydrive or create a Word Document on your PC and have it accessible through Mesh on your Windows Phone. While you can do all this now, everything will be native to the Windows Phone and third party apps or plug-ins won't be needed.

We have heard that Windows Messenger will be a part of Windows Phone 7 and cloud storage has been increased with Skydrive increasing from 2 gigabytes to 5 gigabytes.

The one feature that most will agree was the KIN's strongest feature was the KIN Studio. The KIN Studio offered online access to your phone's photos, videos, messages, contacts and social feeds. Many felt it was the one feature that should carry over to Windows Phone 7 and with the updates to Windows Live and the release of Essentials 2011 we may very well see this be WP7's Studio?

You can download your copy of Windows Live Essentials here and follow the break for some screen shots and observations on the update process and finished product.

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4 years ago

AT&T an exclusive carrier for Windows Phone 7

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We are learning that AT&T will be the only game in town (carrier wise) for the Windows Phone 7 U.S. launch. The Wall Street Journal reports that AT&T will kick things off by announcing three Windows Phone 7 devices on October 11, 2010 and having them on the shelf on November 8, 2010. Confidence remains high that the HTC Mondrian, Samsung Cetus and LG Optimus 7 will be those three.

Not exactly ground breaking news but it is just one more confirmation of time table Windows Phone 7 is on. Our guess is that T-Mobile will get into the mix later this year and all indications still have CDMA phones surfacing some time next year.

This will put AT&T in an interesting situation. They have the iPhone, a strong Blackberry and Android presence, as well as a few Nokia and Palm phones in their smartphone line-up.  If our math is correct, when you add in the exclusive period to offer Windows Phone 7 AT&T will be the only U.S. carrier to offer all the smartphone systems under one roof.

It will be interesting to see how Windows Phone 7 will match up against the other systems but could AT&T's stacked deck hurt initial sales of Windows Phone 7?  

via: infosyncworld

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4 years ago

Hands on: Xbox 360 gets update-preview; features Zune HD streaming

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In preparation for Windows Phone 7, Microsoft is rolling out a beta-preview update for some Xbox users that features some new things including access to the Zune Marketplace, a re-designed UI and streaming video content (reported here earlier). The full preview contains: "ESPN on Xbox LIVE, Zune music, Netflix search, the new Xbox LIVE dashboard, and new updates to Zune video and Family Settings "

The new UI is very minimalist, having removed the next and previous "rows" from view and instead makes them just text when not highlighted. The effect is much cleaner looking now and truth be told, it's also much faster.

The Zune Marketplace allows you to buy or rent TV/movies in Standard or High Definition for various prices points ~200-300 points to rent ($3-4 roughly); ~800 points to buy (~$10).  Rentals are for 24 hours, whereas buying it allows you to stream or download (and later can sync to our devices with Windows Phone 7). The movie, TV and video selection id decent with content mostly geared to males aged 15-35).

Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be a way to stream music or podcasts directly from your Zune account and it's not clear if that is something they are planning. But overall the update is looking quite nice and we're pleased..

We'll have more coverage and an HD video up, probably in the AM tomorrow (as soon as our video camera shows up). Ask any questions in comments and we'll try to answer. For now, you can check out some more snapshots of the new UI and Zune Marketplace after the break!

Update: Received some clarification via email "...with Zune Pass, our monthly music subscription service, you stream or download as many songs as you like from the Zune Marketplace and listen to them for as long as you hold your subscription – on your PC, Windows Phone, Xbox, or in any browser via zune.net".  Sweet!

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4 years ago

HTC Spark: more photos; HTC Hub present

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A lucky chap over at XDA got to take some nice pics of the HTC Spark (Mondrian). While of the keyboardless black-slab type, it sure looks nice and thin.

On board is also the HTC Hub, which for some reason people are under the impression wouldn't be there on launch (though we think it will be).

The device features 8GB of internal memory, which for our needs is about 8GB too short. Also on board is 576MB of RAM, 1GHz CPU, 3.8" screen, etc.

You'll need to register to see all of the photos (there'a quite a bit), but we selected the most interesting, which can be seen after the break.

[XDA Developers via Engadget]

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4 years ago

Samsung joins forces with Microsoft

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Samsung joins forces with Microsoft

Samsung has announced today an agreement to use Windows Phone 7 as a key component of the Samsung smartphone line-up. While this isn't exactly earth shattering news, it should dis-spell any lingering rumors that circulated back when Samsung said it was prioritizing Android.

In the press release Samsung's Mobile Division head in the UK and Ireland, Simon Stanford, stated, "“The addition of Windows Phone 7 devices to Samsung’s smartphone portfolio is a significant milestone. Samsung’s new Windows Phone 7 based smartphones will play a key role in reinforcing Samsung’s leadership in the smartphone market and commitment to providing a range of devices across a variety of platforms.”

Samsung did add that plans exist to launch several Windows Phone 7 devices this year in Europe, the U.S. and Asia. There were no mention of how many devices is considered "several" or what additional devices we may see.  So far we have seen the Samsung Cetus, i8700 and the mystery Focus. Maybe we'll see Samsung move into the other chasis styles (sliding and front facing keyboards) later this year.

via: Pocket-Lint, Samsung

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4 years ago

Windows Phone 7 YouTube Channel

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Windows Phone 7 YouTube Channel

Curious what new apps are waiting in the wings for Windows Phone 7? Well, Microsoft's Windows Phone Channel over at YouTube might satisfy some of your curiosities.

The Channel has a wide assortment of app previews and demos ranging from the Netflix Demo to a preview of the Windows Phone 7 game Paperball. You will also find short walk through videos for Windows Phone 7 features such as the Office Hub. 

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4 years ago

Police Scanner headed to Windows Phone 7

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Police Scanner headed to Windows Phone 7

Police Scanner for Windows Phone 7, developed by Carmelo Milian (developer of PhotoWiz), is dialed in and ready for release. The application taps into Police and other emergency service feeds from various cities in the U.S. and abroad.

Based on the demo video, locations range from Los Angeles, California to Memphis, Tennessee to Manitoba, Canada. The application browses for feeds, pick country, then state, then get all feeds (a little over 2,000). You also have a handy "Ten Code" reference to make it easy to interpret what "10-09" or "10-20" means.

Police Scanner is an interesting application that brings a new twist to Windows Phone 7. It will be nice to see this one in action.

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4 years ago

PhotoWiz transitions to Windows Phone 7

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PhotoWiz transitions to Windows Phone 7

The popular photography app, PhotoWiz, is making the transition to Windows Phone 7. The application is a quick reference guide for photography providing information on exposure, shutter speeds, depth of field calculations, as well as tips and tricks to improve your photography.  We liked the Windows Mobile version and based on the demo, the Windows Phone 7 version looks just as good.

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4 years ago

WP7 Rumors: Samsung i8700 now the Omnia 7? The HTC T8788 on Verizon?

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A recently Broadband report over at DSLReports.com is generating two Windows Phone 7 rumors.

The first has the Samsung GT i8700 becoming part of the Omnia line as the Samsung Omnia 7. This isn't too far of a stretch seeing that Samsung has had good success with previous Omnia Windows Phones. 

The second rumor has an interesting twist. The HTC T8788 is rumored to be headed to AT&T (no surprise there) but the reports shows the phone on the provider myvzw.com, which is indicative of Verizon phones. Verizon fans shouldn't read too much into this. As many have already reported, this anomaly could easily be the T8788 piggy-backing on a Verizon hot-spot.

via: wmpoweruser.com

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4 years ago

Motorola and Sprint announce Windows embedded device

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Back in June, Microsoft announced that they were working on another Mobile OS for enterprise devices based on Windows Mobile 6.5. Steve Ballmer stated that "In the next six months we will release a new embedded OS called Windows Embedded Handheld, based on Windows Mobile 6.5 technologies ..."

Today, just over three months since Microsoft's announcement, Sprint and Motorola announced they will be releasing the first mobile enterprise handheld device, running Windows Embedded (which features WinMo 6.5.3).  The Motorola ES400S will be available for as low as $499.99 and will offer integrated voice and data capabilities.  The ES400S is expected to be available by the end of October.

Specs on the Motorola include:

  • Customizable Motorola Enterprise User Interface (MEUI) makes business-critical information and functions available with one key press. Includes enterprise-specific enhancements like photo annotation
  • Enterprise-class security including built-in Biometric fingerprint reader
  • Durable construction to withstand dust, drops and bumps, with certifications for MIL-STD 810G, for a 4-foot drop, and IP42 sealing specifications
  • 3-inch VGA touchscreen
  • 3.2 MP camera with red line aimer for easy barcode scanning and one-button push-to-scan for one- and two-dimensional barcode reading
  • Wi-Fi/802.11 a/b/g with Enterprise Security
  • 1 GB ROM/256 MB RAM
  • CDMA EVDO Rev. A for domestic service and HSPA/GSM for international roaming
  • VoIP ready
  • GPS
  • Battery: 1540 mAh standard battery and 3080 mAh extended battery (sold separately)

Call it a re-incarnation for Windows Mobile or a stop-gap measure until Windows Phone 7 can transition into enterprise devices but it's nice to see Windows Mobile still hanging around.  You can find the full press release from Sprint here.

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4 years ago

SureCop Windows Mobile Security App is Released

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42Gears has released SureCop v1.0, a mobile phone and location tracking application for your Windows Phone. The three main features of SureCop are:

  • Remote Lock: Locks your phone and requires a unique password to unlock
  • Remote Wipe: Erases all data on the Windows Phone main memory and expansion card.
  • Location Tracking: utilizes Google Maps and works with phones with or without built in GPS.

All three features are activated via SMS Message to your phone from a partnered phone. That prevents anyone from triggering these features.

Additionally, SureCop Manager is available as a free tool to help manage multiple phone. SureCop is compatible with Windows Mobile Professional (touch screen) versions 5.0, 6.0, 6.1 and 6.5. No word if 42Gears plans to transition to Windows Phone 7.

SureCop will run you $19.95 and a free trial version can be downloaded at SureCop.com allowing you to try before you buy.

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4 years ago

New Microsoft patent for dual screen phone is futurtastic

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Early in 2009, Microsoft Office Labs showed off a video showing where they (and we) hope to be in ten-years with all our technology. No small feat considering just how fast this stuff is moving (the HTC PPC-6700 was only 5 years ago).

At about 2:12 in that video, it shows a man walking in an airport and he pulls out his mobile phone which is basically all screen...actually it's two screens that can separate and operate independently of each other, but in conjunction with the OS. In the video, he looks up airport directions and then take a video call.

Cool stuff. So cool in fact Microsoft has gone out and literally patented the idea, hopefully planning to bring such a fantasy to reality by...well...2019:

A motion of a first module of the dual module portable device may be detected. Based at least in part on the detected motion, a position of the first module may be determined relative to the second module of the portable device. Once the relative position of the first module has been determined, a portion of a user interface associated with the relative position may be displayed at the first module.

Yeah, that's what we said above patent-office, thanks.

Check out the whole video after the break to see it in action.

[via I'm Just Being Manan]

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4 years ago

WMExperts Podcast Episode 110

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4 years ago

Marketplace Spotlight: Hidden Letter

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4 years ago

Chassis 2 for Windows Phone 7 to be 'BlackBerry' style

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We've gotten the message: Chassis 1 specifications for Windows Phone 7 is "black slab" style--long 800x4800 devices with an optional slide out keyboard (with only the LG C900/GW910 using that option so far).

But little was known about Chassis 2, though speculation was always that it would be some type of front qwerty device because we knew 480x320 resolution support was coming.

In an interview with Silcon.com, Microsoft's ISV developer evangelist Paul Foster mention this specifically about the second design specifications:

WP7 devices will have one of two screen resolutions - either 800 x 480 for large touchscreen devices with the potential for slide-out Qwerty keyboards, or 480 x 320 for 'BlackBerry' style handsets that can incorporate a Qwerty on the front of the device. Microsoft expects the majority of WP7 devices to have the larger screen resolution at launch, with smaller resolution handsets coming later, said Foster.

Once again, this is not really that shocking and was to be expected (what else could you do with Chassis 2 or 3?), in fact if you go back to February 23rd at CNet, this was pretty much known back then:

Chassis 2-compliant phones will support real sliding keyboards plus touch, the podcasters claimed. They said these would be more Palm-Treo-like.

Sounds like the Dell Lightning, no? Which also explains why that won't be ready till 2011. Now we just have to figure out what Chassis 3 is...that's some real news.

[Silcon.com via WMPU]

 

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