Curious thing about the "official" Twitter client we saw a few weeks ago. According to CNet, that version does not support access to the Photo Hub ergo uploading photos was not possible. That was a huge dent in the social network app, especially since many of us like to take pics and well...Tweet them.
Arne Hess, of the::Unwired fame, has been jonesing for a decent Twitter app for his Windows Phone 7 Samsung device (and we don't blame him).
Tonight was his night as Seesmic (see demo) was finally released to the Windows Phone Marketplace (it's of course, free). He immediately Tweeted from said client and sure enough, Seesmic supports photo uploads from his WP7 device (as evidenced above). Very exciting.
What does this mean? Well, it may mean the developers of the Seesmic app had native-code access and worked closely with Microsoft. Well, that's just our hunch.
Update: Arne just mentioned this as well: "Features not (yet?) supported in @Seesmic for Windows Phone 7: Notifications (new tweets, @, DMs), landscape, predictive text, in reply to"
Adobe Acrobat PDF support has been available on Windows Mobile for years now, but until things like Text Reflow became supported and adopted, it was rarely a fun experience (plus slow load times). And while Microsoft Office is covered in Windows Phone 7, the fate of Adobe and PDF has been unsure, until now.
Today, Adobe announced Acrobat X solutions, including Acrobat, Reader and Suite. More importantly, they announced support for Windows Phone 7:
Expands PDF access to mobile devices with free Adobe Reader X for Android, Windows(R) Phone 7 and Blackberry Tablet OS. Safer viewing of PDF files with new Protected Mode security capabilities in Reader X.
Curious, no iPhone support? (snicker)
The whole shebang is expected to ship "within 30 days" although it is unclear if that means we'll see an Adobe Reader X in the Windows Phone Marketplace at the same time. Lets just hope its pretty and works well.
Although Windows Phone 7's first generation is clearly aimed at consumers with a few bones thrown at enterprise (though lets not knock Mobile Office and Skydrive), it does have some holes in it that may cause some companies to hesitate to deploy upon launch e.g. no side-loading of custom enterprise software.
One of those holes looks to be filled, at least by a 3rd party company called Odyssey Software who make the Athena remote device management program for large corporations. Odyssey supports iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Windows Mobile and now Windows Phone 7, bringing a bit more control for those companies who can integrate the tech into their servers. Such features are as follows:
Live, remote control of devices in the field
Device software, application and patch provisioning and installation
Comprehensive software and hardware asset information
Location based data via GPS (current and bread crumb)
Detailed phone and messaging information and stats
Security to protect sensitive data (device lock & wipe)
While we're no IT people and know little about this end of the technology spectrum, that sure sounds like some powerful software over corporate deployed phones. It'll be even better if and when Windows Phone 7 starts to support this stuff directly, but until then at least there is this solution.
A Toronto based software company called Polar Mobile has evidently signed a deal with Microsoft to bring upwards of 500 different programs to the fledgling platform.
In a story by The Globe and Mail, software "giant" (we use the term loosely) Polar Mobile has been making programs for Apple's iPhone, Android and Blackberry in the past and now are poised to bring their wares to the Windows Phone Marketplace. The company started off with 50 apps at the beginning of the year, graduated to 350 and are expecting to hit 500 by year's end (that's total, across platforms--how they gets to 500 just on Windows Phone? Voodoo, obviously).
Sounds impressive, right? Well, the reason the reason they can churn out so many apps is due to software templates--kind of a sweat shop for generic corporate software, aka the SMART News Platform. Meh:
Polar doesn’t develop custom applications for clients from scratch. Instead, the company uses a template model. In essence, its customers fill out a digital form listing their requirements, their content feeds and other variables, and the software creates the app automatically
(After a few shots of whiskey, I nerved up , launched iTunes (don't ask) and when I came back 10 minutes later after it finally loaded, I saw only six apps available for the iPhone. So clearly they're not quite that huge, yet.)
The apps they build tend to be for universities, news operations (e.g. CBS, Time, Bloomberg, Sports Illustrated), sports teams, etc. While they certainly won't bring "unique" to the table with their template model, they should be able to churn out a ton of specialty apps that a lot consumers do desire. So this is still good, albeit misleading, news.
We've been following Windows Phone 7 for some time and now that it has been "officially" launched it can't land in stores fast enough. With as much as we've digested over the past eight months or so, I find my thoughts on Windows Phone 7 scattered about, ranging from devices to software to integration to the new phone's market survival.
Collecting them has been a challenged but if you ease past the break you can find my ramblings on Windows Phone 7.
HTC has added a promo video for the HTC 7 Pro to their YouTube Channel. They say good things come to those who wait and Sprint has something really nice headed their way.
The 7 Pro made a surprise appearance at the Windows Phone 7 Launch and was very impressive. While the video is only twenty-one seconds, it's long enough to remind us how unique this phone is. The slide-out QWERTY keyboard and tilting screen is reminiscent of the HTC Tilt2.
Blue Planet Apps has announced that RoboPrint v1.0 will be available for Windows Phone 7. RoboPrint gives you the ability to print email, documents, and images from your Windows Phone. Supported documents include .pdf, .doc, .docx, .xls, xlsx, .ppt, .pptx, .tiff, .jpg, .gif, .png, .txt, and .html.
RoboPrint allows you to print on any wifi/3g/4g data connections. A Windows host application can be installed on your computer to access wired printers.
Follow the break to see a video demo of RoboPrint.
Editorial Note:Microsoft Points are going to be more and more important to you future Windows Phone 7 users, which is why you may want to pay attention to today's tip!
Even though Bing Cashback was cancelled a few months back (shame as it was a great program), Microsoft has returned with a new, similar program called Bing Rewards. It's technically in "preview" right now but you can still sign up and begin racking up credits as an incentive for using Microsoft’s Bing “decision engine”.
Microsoft Credits can easily be earned just by using Bing for all your searching needs, setting Bing as your homepage, making use of the feature-rich related searches, or just exploring the daily image’s information hotspots. A total of 250 credits are thrown your way just for signing up for the program. The "credits" can then be exchanged for "rewards" or even better, Microsoft Points, which can then be used in the Zune/Xbox Marketplace (more on that below).
So is there a catch? Of course there is...
Read more after the jump as we try to make sense of Microsoft's latest Bing incentive program!
Assuming it's not a scam (an admittedly huge assumption), some anonymous soul is selling an HTC HD7 on Craigslist for a whopping $950. That's one heck of a premium over a phone that will be out in about 4 weeks.
The pictures given don't even appear to be of the actual phone, as the weather curiously shows New York City, not Chicago. Perhaps HTC is missing a phone or two from the Open House? Or maybe we're just cynical.
Anyways, we're sure we'll probably get this listing pulled now that we've publicized it. On the other hand, if you actually buy it, let us know how it feels to spend nearly a $1k on a phone, m'kay?
...and it continues to grow. The Marketplace just added the free (and very popular) Shazam music ID app to its catalog.
The app promises to ID any song you throw at it just by pointing your phone at the music source and giving a few seconds. The software has been around for awhile now, first appearing on T-Mobile Windows Mobile devices as MusicID (remember that?) then after being ripped numerous times, they finally went public as Shazam. That version is available to current Windows Mobile users (see our Midomi review as an alternate)
This adds yet another feather in the media cap of Windows Phone 7 (see others here), even before launch. As a special "launch offer", they're offering free, unlimited 'tags'. Lets just hope the launch offer lasts long enough till we get some phones in our hands!
If you have a few minutes, it may be worth checking out LG's new interactive website for the Optimus 7. Featuring aliens, sheep and some fun animation, it gives a nice little tour of the upcoming device (though sadly, no immediate plans for a U.S. release).
The new Zune Desktop v4.7 client came out on Monday, adding of course Windows Phone 7 support and a few other additions related to video rentals/purchases. While most have been happy with the upgrade, it looks like a few users are experiencing potential memory leaks related to the media center app--but it may be isolated to just 64-bit editions of Windows 7.
ZNet is reporting that Microsoft is aware of the issue and investigating, while users in their forum look to find a solution. If you're experiencing such problems, there is a media-collection reset tool that may help with the problem.
On our end, running Windows 7 32-bit, the memory seems stable to use, with Zune v4.7 using a reasonable 58.8MB of memory and holding steady (by comparison, our Firefox browser is sucking 245MB, Chrome even higher)
We know AT&T is serious about this whole "premier carrier" thing and we've heard that employees will be receiving extensive training on the new OS, akin to now Apple prepped the same carrier for its release. Now it looks like they're going even further with support.
Evidently those meetings with employees are just starting. One, attended by [redacted], had the VP of AT&T there and he reportedly gave away 100 Windows Phone 7 devices to all the employees there.
It's not clear which phone (or phones) were given out nor whether or not they're doing this in all regions. Regardless, certain AT&T employees have to be pretty excited at this prospect!
Edit 10/16/10: Source is having second thoughts now about being so public about his company's inner workings; asked us to redact his info.
Source: Twitter; Thanks, Rene Ritchie of TiPB.com, for the tip!