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4 years ago

MS details the WP Marketplace launch; Accepts a couple thousand developers

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On the Windows Phone Blog, Microsoft gives all the info on the upcoming launch of the Windows Phone Marketplace. While geared mostly towards developers, there's a few interesting things mentioned. Their schedule looks like this:

  • Oct 4: All registered developers have been contacted and invited to request early submission to the Marketplace certification process.
  • Oct 6: Deadline for registered developers to respond to the invitation to participate in early submission. Of those that request access, an initial group of a couple of thousand developers will be accepted on a first come, first served basis to receive guidance and early access to the new application submission and certification process.
  • Oct 11: Participating early certification developers will receive instructions on submitting their xaps, allowing those apps to be published in Marketplace in the lead up to, and after, launch.
  • Oct 12-November: Microsoft will continue processing submissions and prioritizing new requests in the order they are received until the self-serve submission process is broadly enabled.

We like the part about "an initial group of a couple of thousand developers will be accepted". That sure sounds like they have quite a bit of interested developers on hand itching to get their wares in the Marketplace. It also insures when you, the end user, turn on your new device, you'll have quite the selection of apps to choose from.

Take a read of the article. It'll make you feel good that Microsoft is betting on quality and not quantity of programs and are really looking to deliver a classy experience. We have high hopes.

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4 years ago

Our magic ball was true: Windows Phone 7 in NYC on October 11th; T-Mobile there too

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We've been saying it for weeks now: Microsoft will be launching Windows Phone 7 in New York City on October 11th and while others doubted, it looks to be confirmed by none other than Microsoft.

What's even more odd, is that T-Mobile is the featured guest and we bet a certain HTC HD7 will be the star. Guess that rumor we heard about AT&T's exclusivity being only two-weeks may be accurate after all:

Some confusion though: there may be two events, one for the big media, the second for the public (Edit: first event is the AT&T Open House). Either way, we'll be there at 3pm doing our best to cover what we can, while you sit back and relax.

[Microsoft via Engadget]

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4 years ago

AT&T and Microsoft Press Conference announced

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October 11th is shaping up to be an interesting day. As expected, AT&T and Microsoft have announced a joint Press Conference in New York.  According to the event's schedule Microsoft's CEO, Steve Ballmer, and AT&T's President, Rald de la Vega, will be hosting the 9:30am EST conference to bring you the latest on Windows Phone 7

The press conference will lead into Microsoft's Open House at 11:00pm EST where attendees can "explore a product showcase featuring Windows Phone 7, Zune, BING, Windows 7, Xbox, Kinect and more.". With T-Mobile having a presentation later that afternoon and a London event also on the calendar, it's going to be a busy day for Microsoft and Windows Phone 7.

Hopefully amongst all these events we will hear more on when the phones will be on shelves and maybe even some pricing points. Regardless, we'll be in New York to cover what we can.

via: Engadget

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4 years ago

Spotify released for Windows Phones

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Spotify is now available for Windows Phones running Windows Mobile 6 and higher. The popular European music app allows users to stream music to their device from a music library of 10 million tracks.

Spotify's features include:

  • Listen to millions of tracks with Spotify’s constantly updated catalogue
  • Stream over WiFi or 2.5/3G
  • Listen to tracks and albums in their entirety. Rewind, fast-forward, pause, skip and shuffle
  • Continue to run Spotify in the background while texting, making calls, web browsing etc
  • Playlists can be downloaded and played in offline mode when you have no connection, are on a plane or underground, or abroad
  • Wirelessly sync your local files to your phone
  • On-the-fly sync - every track you add to a playlist appears instantly on mobile and computer
  • Starred tracks - tag all your favourites into a special list

You can download the app by pointing your mobile browser to m.spotify.com or visit the Spotify website.  Presently, Spotify is only available in parts of Europe with hopes that it will become available in the U.S. shortly.  Spotify will also be available for Windows Phone 7 sometime after launch. 

via: winmobile.se

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4 years ago

More HTC HD7 info leaks out, includes Dolby Mobile Sound

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And finishing up those leaks on the HD7 which came fast and furious a few weeks ago is that final one, filling in all the remaining questions. Well most questions.

The latest is that this premier phone will be launching on Germany's O2 network in just 2 weeks (hence all the details). It still features that 1GHz CPU, 8GB of storage, etc. all reported a few weeks ago, so nothing new there. Shoot, even the price is still what was reported in the past ($730-770 off contract; $104-109 with one).

Really the only news is the mention of Dolby Mobile Sound, which while untested sure sounds like a good thing as we're all for improved audio on these HD monsters.

Finally there'a a pretty vanilla video of it "in action" (after the break) though we're sure it's nothing you couldn't have imagined yourselves. We suppose the only real question is will we see this Stateside on T-Moible? We caught a rumor (unverified) that AT&T's "exclusivity" is for only 2 weeks, so take that as you will.

Head over to Engadget for a few more shots. [Thanks, Eric, for the tip]

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4 years ago

Xbox LIVE games show up in Marketplace for Windows Phone 7

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While none of us hip kids get to play with them just yet, Microsoft has gone ahead and flipped the switch on for those Xbox games for Windows Phone 7. Well, for two of them at least: 'Flowerz' and 'Hexic Rush'

It's basically a milestone for the company since this is the first time, as Michael Klucher tweets above, that achievements are being counted towards your Xbox gamer-tag.

Klucher also notes on his blog that this is still a test-phase:

I did want to let everyone know who might have access to these games through pre-release hardware that they should be considered test games and not early launch titles. You can and should expect that everything about the game is subject to change or be disabled at any time.

Finally, Paul Thurrott has also has a write up on this happening with some screenshots of the games in the Zune software and his achievements. Cool stuff and it means we're inching closer and closer to that big day.

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4 years ago

Windows Live Messenger available for Zune

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Microsoft has released Windows Live Messenger for the Zune HD. Messenger for the Zune will let you check out social updates from Facebook, Flickr, or MySpace and chat with your friends. It also supports Facebook Chat just like Messenger on your Windows PC.

Messenger is available for download through the Zune Marketplace and could be a good indicator on what Messenger on Windows Phone 7 might look like.

via: windowsteamblog

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4 years ago

Microsoft files suit against Motorola

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Microsoft has filed suit against Motorola today in both the International Trade Commission and U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. Microsoft is claiming that Motorola has infringed on nine of Microsoft's patents in their Android smartphones.

The patents in question relate to the synchronization of email, calendars and contacts, scheduling of meetings, and notifying applications of changes in signal strength and battery power.

In a brief press release Horacio Gutierrez, Microsoft's Corporate VP and Deputy General Counsel stated,"We have a responsibility to our customers, partners, and shareholders to safeguard the billions of dollars we invest each year in bringing innovative software products and services to market. Motorola needs to stop its infringement of our patented inventions in its Android smartphones."

If successful, Motorola could be on the hook for damages and have their Android smartphones banned in the U.S. No response from Motorola on the claims and if you want to sift through the 243 page Federal Court filing, you can find it here.

read: AndroidCentral

 

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4 years ago

Marketplace Spotlight: Square-it

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4 years ago

Microsoft announces new leadership promotions

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Microsoft has announced a couple of promotions within the company today. One of which directly impacts their Windows Phone 7 efforts.

Twenty-year Microsoft veteran Andy Lees has been promoted to President of the Mobile Communications Business. Lees has been at the center of Microsoft's efforts in developing Windows Phone 7 and will continue to oversee this development as well as other product developments for Microsoft's mobility efforts.

Along with Lees, Kurt DelBene was promoted to President of Microsoft's Office Division and Don Mattrick was promoted to President of Interactive Entertainment Business.

Congratulations goes out to all three and you can read the full press release from Microsoft here.

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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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