Tuesday, March 30, 2010

VIDEO: Windows Phone 7 Ported To HTC HD2

Will the HD2 be the first Windows Phone 7 device?

When Microsoft announced Windows Phone 7 at the Mobile World Congress last month, everyone was surprised to learn that the HTC HD2 would not be getting the new OS once it launched. The HTC HD2 was instead going to remain a Windows Mobile 6.5 device, which in turn raised the question of who would buy the phone now that they knew it would be out of date by the fall?

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Windows Phone 7 Won't Support Multitasking


Microsoft’s upcoming Windows Phone 7 Series shares one trait in common with Apple’s iPhone: It doesn’t support full multitasking.

While the iPhone does allow some limited multitasking (the phone and iPod apps can run in the background) many critics have knocked the iPhone for its inability to run third-party apps in the background.

Windows Phone 7 Will Stream Netflix

Thanks to Silverlight, Windows 7 Phone owners will get to stream new movies on the go.

Microsoft on Monday revealed a plethora of details surrounding the upcoming Windows Phone 7. Although the company issued a formal press release highlighting the device's features, Microsoft presented a "big reveal" during the MIX10 conference. One of the big surprises was the phone's ability to stream Netflix movies.

Microsoft Offers Free Dev Kit for Win Phone 7

Microsoft now provides trial versions of various tools for Windows Phone 7 app development

Monday Microsoft made a big splash when it announced that it's now offering free tools for Windows Phone 7 developers. The "kit" includes preview (test) versions of Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone, an add-on to use with Visual Studio 2010 RC, XNA Game Studio 4.0, and an emulator for application testing.

Copy/Paste May Not Initially Be Available For Windows Phone 7 Series

Microsoft drops another bombshell at MIX10

Two steps forward, one step back. That seems to be an emerging trend for Microsoft's upcoming Windows Phone 7 Series platform. The snazzy user interface, support for the XNA Framework/Silverlight/Adobe Flash 10.1, Windows Phone Marketplace, and plentiful device manufacturers to choose from are certainly pleasing to potential buyers. However, we're starting to learn a little bit more about the platform at MIX10 and it isn't all rosy.

Windows Phone 7 Series Shacks Up With AMD, Will Bring 480x800 Xbox Live Titles


New device prepares to take on the iPhone for mobile gaming's crown

Mobile gaming was long dominated by Nintendo with Sony coming in a distant second. That was until Apple stormed onto the scene with its iPhone and stole the show. Today the iPhone is arguably mobile gaming's most influential platform.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Microsoft Shows Off XNA Games Running On Windows Phone, Full 3D Is A Go


Alright, we're going to be straight with you: you're not going to like this. See, Microsoft just showed us a pair of 3D games running on its ASUS Windows Phone prototype and built with its brand new XNA Game Studio 4.0, but wouldn't let us nab a single photo or video of the process. What we can tell you is that they exist, they work, and at least Microsoft tossed us some screenshots to wave in your face.

Microsoft Bringing XNA Game Studio 4.0 To GDC This Week, Does 3D Gaming For Windows Phone


We've all had a feeling that Microsoft is holding back some pretty big surprises (or at least completely reasonable revelations) when it comes to Windows Phone 7 Series and gaming, and here at GDC this week it sounds like we're going to get a little glimpse into that. Microsoft is unveiling its new XNA Game Studio 4.0, which lets developers work on games for Windows Phone 7 Series, Xbox 360 and Windows PC.

Windows Phone 7 Interface: Microsoft Has Out-Appled Apple

I'm sorry, Cupertino, but Microsoft has nailed it. Windows Phone 7 feels like an iPhone from the future. The UI has the simplicity and elegance of Apple's industrial design, while the iPhone's UI still feels like a colorized Palm Pilot.

That doesn't mean that the Windows Phone 7's user experience would be better than Apple's.

The Three Variants Of Microsoft Windows Phone 7

Microsoft has confirmed it stance to keep the future Windows Phone 7 Series devices as streamlined and uniformed as possible. In layman terms, this means future devices will sport similar specifications. But a recent podcast has revealed that there will still be three distinctive variants that supports Windows Phone 7 Series. The first of which is the commonly known large touchsreen devices with at least a 1GHz processor. The second would be the usual devices with a QWERTY keyboard and a touchscreen device. The mysterious third variant, however, hasn't been revealed.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

No Upgrade Path From Mob Win 6 to 7

Windows Mobile 6 users will be unhappy

With all of the new razzle dazzle that is Windows Phone 7, it is likely that many Windows Mobile 6 users have been licking their chops at the prospect of being able to upgrade to Windows Phone 7 when it is released. Well, don’t get too excited, because word is that Microsoft has decided there will be no upgrade path when the new version of the OS is released.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Microsoft Anoints AT&T As Preferred Windows Phone 7 Carrier

One of the most interesting things about the unveiling of the new Windows Phone 7 platform by Microsoft at the World Mobile Conference was the announcement that AT&T will be Microsoft's "premier partner" in the United States. As much flack as AT&T takes from customers and media, it is still the "chosen one" for premier smartphone platforms.

Windows Phone 7 To Drop Multitasking?

Windows Phone 7 may be deliberate step backwards

Microsoft may consciously limit Windows Phone 7 in its attempt to compete against Apple, a leak sent out today claims. Echoing some previous reports, a source says WP7 will have a Zune-like interface at many levels but goes on to say this will extend to the underlying framework as well. It would drop multitasking and instead pause apps, using an iPhone-like push notification system to handle new updates.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Windows Phone 7 Series : Life In Motion

Windows phone 7 series : Life In Motion Promo ad from MWC 2010

Microsoft Debuts Windows Phone 7 Series

BARCELONA (02/15/2010) - Microsoft fired its latest shot on Monday against competitors like Apple and Google in the battle for the cell phone software market. Windows Phone 7 Series, unveiled at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, will be on phones by the end of the year and is a complete rewrite of the Windows Mobile operating system.