Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Windows Phone 7 Launch Confirmed For October

In an event at the Cannes Lions advertising conference Microsoft have apparently confirmed an October launch date for the first handsets featuring their new smart phone OS.

In a video posted on YouTube, Mich Mathews, the VP for Marketing at the company, confirmed the October launch.

This merely confirms what many have speculated for some time now but October is a favoured month for Microsoft, Windows 7 launched on October 22nd last year, as it’s a good time for the company to have goods in retail outlets ready for the Christmas holiday season.

MS Sees Windows Phone 7 As An 'Ad-Serving Machine'

Windows Phone 7 will launch in October, and will be designed, at least in part, as an "ad-serving machine." That's the word leaked from a video report now on YouTube, in which several Microsoft executives talk about upcoming plans.

In the video, General Manager for Strategy and Business Development Kostas Mallios emphasized that Phone 7 will be designed and able to serve ads and maintain a brand experience, with tiles near applications and a sliding box pushing ads and brand-related content to users.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Microsoft Pushes Windows Phone 7 To App Writers

LAGGING MOBILE PHONE OS vendor Microsoft has made a late pitch to app developers that Windows Phone 7 Series will be the mobile platform to go for rather than the Iphone OS or Android.

Alex Reeve, director of mobile at Microsoft, recognised that the company has had "challenges" in the mobile industry, or in other words, it hasn't done very well.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Microsoft Gives Dirty Apps A Spanking, Bans Them From Windows Phone 7

Windows Phone 7 bans porn, suggestive content, and racy text

Apple's CEO Steve Jobs has recently led a crusade against pornography on the iPhone and iPod touch. Emboldened perhaps by the vocal cries of family advocacy groups, Jobs engaged in a 2 a.m. flame war with a news editor arguing that he is offering the world "freedom from porn." Jobs has dismissed Google's Android handsets as dirty "porn phones."

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Pressure Is On For Microsoft And Windows Phone 7


Before the WWDC 2010 keynote began, my colleague CNET News reporter Ina Fried sent out the following tweet, "My question for #wwdc, How much tougher is life about to get today for the Windows Phone 7 team?"

Windows Phone 7 Tablet Concept Seen


Freelance designer Umang Dokey has released images and a video of a tablet concept running the Windows Phone 7 Series OS. The concept has an 8” capacitive touch screen, joysticks on the back for navigation and gaming, a couple of webcams for “3D” videoconferencing and a funky fold-out stand at the back that doubles as a keyboard when folded forward.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Microsoft Windows Phone 7 Should Rule Business Smartphones

Microsoft shook things up this week with some high-profile departures, and a reorganization of the Entertainment and Devices division that has CEO Steve Ballmer directly controlling the future of Microsoft's consumer technologies. When it comes to smartphones, Windows Phone 7 should arguably be the de facto platform for business professionals, but Microsoft may be delivering too little, too late.

Microsoft Has No Plans To Put Windows Phone 7 On A Tablet

Despite mock-ups from enthusiasts of how the new Windows Phone 7 series operating system could look like on a tablet device, Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer has now announced at an event in Singapore…

We’re focused on putting Windows Phone 7 in phones, no plans for tablets.

In the very brief announcement hopes may well be scuppered for lots of fans who were anticipating a tablet version of the OS to compete with Android and WebOS.