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Microsoft has confirmed plans to launch the latest version of its mobile operating system known as Windows Phone 7 in New York on October 11. Details about the unveiling are still a little sparse, but the invite makes it clear that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will be joined by AT&T's Ralph de la Vega for a morning keynote. T-Mobile is also expected to offer Windows Phone 7 handsets, though it's unclear if the carrier will be a part of this launch event. Windows Phone 7 is Microsoft's latest attempt to regain lost ground in the mobile phone sector. Over the past few years, Microsoft's mobile platforms have lost ground to Apple's iPhone, RIM's BlackBerry, and Google's Android platforms. Windows... Read more...
Talk about a sike out. Just last week, Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 chief, Brandon Watson, said it would be up to each wireless carrier whether or not to support tethering on the new mobile platform at launch. As it turns out, he was wrong, and we're officially bummed. "A company spokeswoman told Electronista that statements from Microsoft's own Brandon Watson weren't correct and that the OS wouldn't support tethering in any form on launch," Electronista reports. Paul Thurrott, who's often privy to what goes on in Redmond, said essentially the same thing: "To be clear: Windows Phone 7 does not support tethering at all." Tethering allows a user to set up their smartphone or other mobile device... Read more...
Windows Phone 7 is almost here. The holidays are rapidly approaching, and Microsoft has long since maintained that WP7 handsets would be on sale prior to 2011. As the time draws near, we are seeing more and more leaks and hints of what Windows Phone 7 will actually look like. Take this video for example. It popped up on YouTube over the weekend featuring the unannounced HTC Mondrian, which looks like a scaled down smartphone that may occupy the mid-range smartphone sales space. According to the ad, it will be a Windows Phone 7 handset and will launch on AT&T. No surprise there considering that it has been confirmed that WP7 will be a GSM-only platform (meaning no launches on Verizon Wireless... Read more...
Microsoft is planning to debut its new Windows Phone 7 platform later this year. If you're a Verizon Wireless customer, however, you'll have to wait even longer to check out Microsoft's latest phone OS. Brenda Raney, a Verizon Wireless spokeswoman, told BusinessWeek the carrier won't offer a Windows Phone 7 device at the planned fall introduction or at any point this year. Not all hope is lost, however: Raney also confirmed that Verizon Wireless has plans to support the new OS and is likely to release a phone in 2011. Microsoft has put great effort into overhauling its mobile phone OS in an effort to compete with Apple's iPhone and smartphones running Android. Although carrier support is definitely... Read more...
Windows Phone 7 is coming this holiday season, and Microsoft just revealed one of its biggest features at the GamesCom event in Germany: Xbox integration. That's right. Microsoft's new mobile operating system will be tightly integrated with one of the world's most popular gaming platforms, giving it a huge leg-up over the rivals. Even though Apple will be pushing Games Center live shortly, Apple has no game console to tie their OS into. And with the popularity of Xbox Live, it's obvious that Microsoft will have the upper hand here. But will it be enough to reclaim that market share they're lost to Android and iOS over the past couple of years? At the expo, Microsoft revealed the first set of... Read more...
Microsoft's Kinect system stands a good chance to revolutionize the console gaming world again, much like the Wii did a few years ago. Enabling full body control of games is something that may convince even casual gamers to devote more time to their console, and it's pretty clear that people are excited about the notion. The real question up until now has been: when's this thing actually going to ship? Microsoft has been rather vague on answering that, with a generic "November" time frame being the most official data handed out. But at GamesCom over in Germany this week, the company finally put something into stone. Starting on November 10th in Europe, Middle East and Africa, Kinect will begin... Read more...
After Microsoft's Kin project failed miserably, more and more pressure is being put on Windows Phone 7 to bring the company back into the smartphone game. Although the upcoming mobile OS has gotten a fair share of positive reports, one key question that remains is when we'll actually see the OS in action for ourselves. Microsoft has not given a definite timeframe as to when the phones will actually ship. That is, until now. During a recent presentation, Microsoft Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner let information about the release of Windows Phone 7 slip. Turner said, "Now let's talk about phones.  This has been tough.  This is a lowlight.  For me, the company -- it's tough. ... Read more...
The jury is still out as to whether or not Microsoft's upcoming mobile OS, Windows Phone 7, will succeed but if AT&T has any influence in the matter, things are looking good for the Redmond-based software manufacturer. Via email, an AT&T spokeswoman said, "We'll be the premier carrier for Windows Phone 7." She continued saying, "We haven't given guidance on timing." Last week, well-known Altimeter Group analyst Michael Gartenberg sent out a tweet that claimed AT&T had signed up to purchase 8 million Windows Phone 7 devices. He cited an email from a "trusted source" though his comment could not be confirmed. To help put this in perspective, approximately 55 million smartphones shipped... Read more...
Last week, it was confirmed that HTC is one of the major smartphone manufacturers who will offer a Windows Phone 7 smartphone. Now, photos of what appear to be a near-final version of such a phone have leaked online. The photos show a smartphone with a 3.7-inch Super LCD screen. The leaked information also suggests HTC's Windows Phone 7 device will have a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, 8-megapixel camera, and three touch-sensitive buttons at the bottom of the device. Verizon Wireless and possibly Sprint have been mentioned as likely carriers for the unnamed device. Although the specs of this supposed HTC Windows Phone 7 device are mostly speculation, they appear to line up with the minimum hardware... Read more...
Microsoft has divulged the names of at least five manufacturers who are planning to offer Windows Phone 7 devices. At the Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference on July 13, Microsoft's mobile senior vice president Andy Lees told attendees that applications in Windows Phone 7 devices will work with "100% consistency" across hardware coming from HTC, Samsung, LG and Dell. Earlier this week, a new blog post from Terry Myerson, corporate vice president, Windows Phone Engineering, appeared that mentioned Asus, LG, and Samsung as makers of Windows Phone 7 prototype devices as well. HTC, Samsung, LG, Dell, and Asus have been suspected as likely makers of Windows Phone 7 devices, but only recently... Read more...
Up to today, Microsoft had managed to keep the Kin's failure and early termination largely separate from the discussion over Windows Phone 7. According to Redmond, the Kin was neither fish nor fowl; it wasn't Windows Phone 7, but it wasn't Windows Mobile 6.5 either. After Microsoft's WP7 demos at Mobile Beat this year, that's no longer possible. According to Infoworld, WP7 "will be a failure...Windows Phone 7 is a waste of time and money. It's a platform that no carrier, device maker, developer, or user should bother with. Microsoft should kill it before it ships and admit that it's out of the mobile game for good. It is supposed to ship around Christmas 2010, but anyone who gets one will prefer... Read more...
It's no secret that Microsoft's Marketplace is struggling in comparison to Apple's App Store or Google's Android Market. If you browse through these three online application stores, you'll see that Apple and Google have many more applications to offer compared to Microsoft. In fact, Apple has about 225,000 apps and Google has 65,000 in their respective app stores. To make matters worse for Microsoft, because the software giant is completely overhauling its mobile OS, programs developed for previous generations of the software won't work on Windows Phone 7. In other words, Microsoft is starting from scratch. Microsoft is working hard on its upcoming mobile OS known as Windows Phone 7, and the... Read more...
Wow, gone already? That's surely the case, as Microsoft has suddenly and abruptly pulled the plug on their short-lived KIN efforts. It's easily one of the shortest phone lifespans in the history of mobile phones, with only the Palm Foleo coming to mind as something that lived for an even shorter period of time. But the difference here is that Microsoft actually devoted time, money and effort to marketing the KIN lineup and getting it onto Verizon's airwaves; just a few weeks after first launching (and a few days after the KIN line took to a sharp price drop), KIN as we know it is dead. The cancellation is sudden, but most agree, not shocking. KIN was a strange play from the start; rather than... Read more...
Version 2.2 of Google's Android (codenamed Froyo) has generated a great deal of discussion over the past few weeks, both for its anticipated new features and the fact that it, unlike the iPhone's iOS 4, offers full support for both HTML5 and Flash. It seems consumers and developers aren't the only people interested in Google's new Android flavor; Intel has announced it's preparing a fully x86-compatible version of Froyo that it intends to ship in the next few months. "Our expectation is that (native x86 Android) will be based on the Froyo release and will be available this summer to developers” Renee James, Intel’s senior veep for software and services, told APC. In addition, "all... Read more...
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