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Microsoft has launched a brand new website to show off some figures about the company. If you've ever felt like knowing exactly how many minutes are accumulated through Skype calls (hint: 2 billion), this new resource is the perfect way of finding out, as well as figures and details for other Microsoft products and services. It's essentially a portfolio highlighting the company's success, but what about the losses and products that haven't taken off?

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Nokia is set to unveil their latest mobile photography addition to their Lumia line, the Lumia 1020, this Thursday, that hasn’t stopped them from launching a new website dedicated to cameras.

Heading to users will be treated to news, tips and tricks for taking better photos. While the current focus is on the Lumia 9xx line, including the Lumia 920, 925 and 928, we’re pretty sure Nokia will update the site with “1020” info as well as soon as that device goes live.

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MSN is set to receive a visual overhaul this October to coincide with the release of Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10. Microsoft plans to roll-out the upgrade on October 26th, which will see the portal that receives over 480 million visitors per month sporting a new design and integration possibilities with other Microsoft products. The team have also looked at how the service can be made more user friendly when viewed on tablets running Windows 8.

MSN will be the portal that will fire up once Internet Explorer is launched in Windows 8, so what will consumers be greeted with?

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Windows Phone Marketplace is now the Windows Phone Store

We've heard rumblings that the Windows Phone website and Marketplace had been redesigned to give things a more friendlier approach. Microsoft has now made it official that they are rolling out these changes, globally, beginning with Australia and New Zealand.

The changes cover everything from how the Marketplace looks to a new name for our app store. For starters, say goodbye to the Windows Phone Marketplace and hello to the Windows Phone Store.  This will bring our store in line with the upcoming Windows 8 Store, the Windows Store.  You will also see the menu option on the website will shift from Marketplace to Apps+Games.

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Microsoft has published a sneak peek at what a potential redesign could look like for the software giant's online property. With Windows 8, Xbox and Windows Phone all making use of the new Metro design language, it only makes sense that they further improve other products and properties.

We see this as a superb move. Microsoft appears to be improving all aspects of the company to match upcoming product releases. It's also essential to have an aesthetically pleasing website design to attract potential customers, as well as increasing the number of returning visitors.

Let's just hope the company actually rolls out the new design across the entire network of websites for consistency. What do you guys make of the direction Microsoft is heading with the design? 

via: LiveSide

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The BBC Mobile Site is in active public beta, which can be accessed from your Windows Phone via Internet Explorer. This beta makes use of a Metro UI look and feel with simplistic graphics and "live tile" like story headline boxes. The new mobile site design matches the main homepage, which also looks Metro influenced.

Should you prefer a more app-driven experience when reading the BBC News website, be sure to pick up Lawrence Gripper's BBC News Mobile app from the Marketplace. What do you guys make of this new look that BBC seems to have rolled out?

Source: BBC Mobile Site; thanks Ed for the heads up!

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Looks like Nokia is quite excited about the upcoming Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain at the end of the month. The company has just put up a page dedicated to the even which will be a source for all of their announcements and events.

Nokia will have an hour long presentation on Monday where they are expected to reveal a few new devices including some new Windows Phones. We'll be there covering everything during the week but feel free to keep track of things on Nokia's page too for background information.

Source: Nokia; Thanks, theWeeBear, for the link

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O2 has come under fire as reports are coming through of the network sharing mobile numbers with websites when browsing the web via 3G. Whenever you connect to a website from a mobile device you provide information detailing what model the phone is as well as the web browser. This data enables that website to be displayed more effectively for your handset (taking into account different screen resolutions as an example).

It seems O2 is going one step further by providing actual phone numbers in with this data, which would unacceptable as malicious websites could use this information to contact the user, and it would be a breach of the Data Protection Act. Check out the below capture of an O2 number being sent with the header data.

Twitter user @lewispeckover has set up a webpage (seen above) that displays HTTP header information sent by the connecting device, so you can check for yourself whether your carrier is sending your number to every website you visit. Scary stuff. We checked on Three UK and everything seems normal. Let us know in the comments or in the WPCentral Forum's discussion if you try out the script (your number will be displayed after "x-up-calling-line-id" if it's being sent) and can see your number displayed.

Data Protection Watchdog has since issued a statement on the situation:

"When people visit a website via their mobile phone they would not expect their number to be made available to that website. We will now speak to O2 to remind them of their data breach notification obligations, and to better understand what has happened, before we decide how to proceed."

Source: Sky News, via: WPCentral Forum, Android Central

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Microsoft just scooped up the domain name when it recently expired.  While it is likely just a defensive move to prevent others from registering the name, what is fascinating is they are using it.  In the past, such domain names simply pointed to Bing's homepage.  However, in this case, SkypeSexFinder actually takes you to a Bing search for the words.

If you look past the initial results, which are now posts about this story, what you find are some websites that actually facilitate having sexy encounters via Skype and other services.  Chances are that this is a simple oversight on Microsoft's part, and we're thinking they will change it as word gets out.

We chose to leave out the the results page as it originally appeared, but you can see Fusible's snapshot here.

Source: Fusible; Via: WinRumors

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Here's a cool little thing. Inspired by Google's trick of making their Search icon pinnable for Windows Phone, reader Miguel Rochefort has created a nifty little web-tool that will allow you to do basically the same but for any mobile site out there.

There's no installation, just a simple bookmarking of his script within Internet Explorer 9 on your phone. When you come across a site you like and want to pin, you pull up his site and it will create a perfectly-sized icon of the site for pinning. The benefit? Instead of pinning a screenshot of the website, you can pin the site's logo, resulting in a much cleaner and organized appearance.

It's cool, it's free and takes no time, so why not? Check out the above video to see it in action. Hop into our forums to interact with Miguel for any requests and issues or just hop to his site on your phone to get started:

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NinjasFate is a site that has gained some popularity amongst gamers for its aggregation of info on XBox games that offer Avatar Awards.  Now they have created a mobile site for WP7 users to visit on their phones that uses the Metro UI style and emulates a WP7 app.  The site mimics Windows Phone so closely that users are even asked to select a color theme and can then scroll through tiles for each game.

What's great about the new design is that you can set as a favorite in your browser, then add it to the home screen as a tile.  When you select the tile, you are transported to a browser window that looks and navigates just like an app would.  We must admit, it's an ingenious way to design a site to cater to WP7 users, and could start quite a trend. 

Source: NinjasFate (Thanks for the tip, 24AMonth!)

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Improved Mobile Nations header

As you've probably noticed, we're currently going under the knife and receiving many backend and cosmetic alterations. Not only are we changing things around at WPCentral, but on the Mobile Nations (previously Smartphone Experts) network and websites. Two big changes you are able to see already is a new header bar and footer, which look more modern and have more functionality.

The top header bar has been updated since we announced work was commencing, and should you highlight each website, a drop down will appear with a bunch of useful information. Latest articles are shown (with the number of comments), what's hot in the forums (with number of replies), and what's new in the stores. If you're one of those who visits more than one of the websites under the Mobile Nations umbrella, this new functionality will make navigation slightly more appealing and user friendly.

This is only the beginning, with more on the way. Stay tuned and we thank you for your patience through the transition.

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Now this is slightly disturbing, and upsetting news we've received word of today. Our fellow brother website in Sweden, the most popular Swedish Windows Phone website, has announced that their doors will be closing. Why? Due to Microsoft's arrogance, which can be read in the above email shot and was sent to Toni Johansson, the editor. For a translation on what is said in the above email:


I have got the money to make a real effort to give your site a facelift – metro design, HTML5, I’ve signed the people that will do the work, and also checked some other things that we could do to help to manage the site – but seriously, – you really put an end to that today (see yellow below).

Not a chance that we’ll continue after this!

Good luck!


The above text would be seen as a joke at first glance (the yellow  quote is Toni's signature - "Sent from my iPhone"), with the whole "why are you using an iPhone? Lulz", but it would seem that it wasn't a joke as Toni met up with Anders and he explains that the meeting was of the same tone, context and arrogance. He was later informed that this wasn't a mere grudge from a Microsoft employee, but an official statement from the company. All because Toni uses an iPhone as a private handset.

Now that the work required to get up-to-date with design and structure requires Toni to dump his iPhone and have the software giant control his personal life, it makes sense that he would cut up and close the website down due to being treated like this. This could have a severe negative impact on Microsoft in Sweden (as well as Windows Phone), since this is a top website in the country. Losing this resource and free platform for exposure and promotion will lower the level of reach.

While we can't judge on the situation, and can only provide insight into what is reportedly happening, we hope that Microsoft retracts statements made, re-engages Toni in active communication (preferably with a different contact) and ensures that private life is kept private. What are your thoughts on this? Let us know in the comments below.



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In case you wanted to take a closer look at their basic specs, all of the new Windows Phone announced so far, including the Samsung Focus S, Focus Flash and HTC's Titan and Radar 4G are listed on

The only thing "new" that we found was the mention of the Focus S's "wide-band AMR advanced sound quality", which we have no idea what it means, but we guess we should be impressed and it's down as having a 9-hour battery life (a regular Focus clocks in at 7-hours, for comparison).

Of interest is how T-Mobile Radar 4G is listed under "Other" for some odd reason and the Quantum is still listed, even though it's gone from AT&T's site.

Source: Windows Phone; Thanks, Justin S., for the heads up

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While it doesn't contain the Windows Phone app for Skype, Microsoft has gone ahead and made their marriage to the VOIP company official by launching their own site.

Nothing new is revealed outside of some future promise of deep integration, which is the most obvious outcome of the billion dollar acquisition:

"Together we will bring innovative technology to friends, families and colleagues everywhere. And now the future possibilities for our customers are even more exciting. We will enable more people to connect in more ways that transform and enhance their lives. And this is just the beginning."

Still, it's kind of cool to see those two names together finally. Here's hoping to the Xbox 360 Fall Dashboard refresh contains some Skype goodness as earlier rumored.Find the site here. Thanks, TheWeeBear, for the heads up

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Here's a neat little trick. If you have Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 9 installed, you can browse over to and pin that site to your Taskbar for quick access. Simply drag-n-drop the icon in the address field to your Task Bar and you'll have a quick shortcut right to the new Web Marketplace. What's even cooler though is the built in jump-list that you get by right-clicking that shortcut. In short, it'll bring up the site's various sub-sections, like Marketplace, My Phone, How To, etc. for super quick access.


via: Windows Phone Daily

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MS launches Windows Phone feedback page

Microsoft has launched a website where Windows Phone users can express their thoughts about the mobile OS and offer suggestions on how to improve it.  Once an idea is posted, others can vote on them, presumably to direct Microsoft on what to work on next.  You can filter the list by what's new, hot, accepted, completed and most liked.  Completed suggestions even get responses from Microsoft explaining what actions have been taken.

What's particularly cool about the site's setup is that each member is given 10, and only 10, votes that they can distribute among the suggestions on the site.  You are free to change your votes around by moving them from one idea to the next, and your vote will be returned to you if the idea you vote on gets completed by Microsoft or deleted.

In order to vote, you must either create a login using your email address, or sign in using joined logins, like FaceBook, Gmail, Twitter, etc. (there are a lot of them).  Click on the source link to get started.

Source: Microsoft (Thanks for the tip, ShipWreck!)

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Microsoft seem to be going Metro and design crazy as of late (about time too) with the recent Windows Phone website revamp and the YouTube channel improvement. Now the Windows Phone UK (My Kind of Phone) blog has received a beautiful makeover that further enhances the user experience.

Can we ever have enough Metro? We think not!

Source: My Kind of Phone, thanks for the heads up Paul!

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