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Microsoft Research Group Spills the Secrets of Menlo Mobile Phone

Written on August 09, 2010 by R. Cruise

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Does the word "Menlo" ring a bell? It’s what keeping the Microsoft team busy these days. Discover why.

There were many speculations on what the codename “” was all about. Some say it was a project of the Microsoft team to explore a new operating system suitable for the booming mobile industry.

According to a paper Mary-Jo Foley of www.zdnet.com got hold of:

“Menlo is a prototype mobile device with a capacitive touch screen (4.1‖ diagonal, 800×480) running Microsoft Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R2 which incorporates a Bosch BMA150 3-axis accelerometer and Bosch BMP085 digital pressure sensor (barometer).”

Menlo platform comes with a fresh Silverlight application codenamed “Greenfield,” which is a sensor centric program made to let users retrace their paths when finding the locations of their cars.

What’s the fuss about all these? This time, Microsoft is not actually creating a new Menlo phone, considering the failure brought by Kin, but the Menlo research group is building a new mobile operating system. This new OS is surely different from the existing Windows Embedded Compact-based ones and will be applicable to various processors.

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