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New Windows Phone Marketplace Allows Over-the-air Apps Purchase

Written on May 26, 2011 by Adam Eve

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In addition to Microsoft's release of Mango operating system for WP7, the company will also debut a new web-based Marketplace to make purchase of apps more convenient.

Microsoft’s Windows Phone Developer Blog recently posted that the company will launch a new web-based version of the Windows Phone Marketplace, in addition to the release Mango operating system this fall. The web-based Marketplace will let users choose and buy from its 17,000 apps on a web browser and directly send it to their Windows Phone 7 over the air.

In case the Marketplace service is not activated on a cellphone, it will switch on the over-the-air app service using SMS then a user can download and install the software. Moreover, users can send an email for themselves with a link to the app. The Mango operating system for WP7 focuses on making its devices efficient in multitasking, boost cloud integration and provide better platform tools for developers.

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Windows 8, Coming next Year

Written on May 24, 2011 by Adam Eve

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Microsoft appears to be gearing up for some good deals, as the company reveals that the Windows 8 will be available some time next year.

Microsoft’s top man, Steve Ballmer, told his audience during the company’s developer’s forum in Tokyo yesterday that the next version of Windows operating system will be released some time next year. He even added that people might hear more of Windows 8 in the coming days.

The Microsoft CEO also mentioned the upcoming Windows Phone 7 announcements scheduled for today. It appears that Microsoft is preparing sweet treats for its customers this year.

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Windows Phone 7 Mango Updates Revealed

Written on May 11, 2011 by Adam Eve

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It's not yet summer, but Microsoft is already cooking its new Windows Phone 7 flavor. Check out the features for their upcoming WP7 Mango update!

Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 might be the last on the race, but it’s surely doing its best to catch up. The next WP7 update, dubbed as Mango, promised its subscribers with Twitter integration, SkyDrive sync and multi-tasking at the Mobile World Congress 2011. At the recent Microsoft MIX11, more features for the WP7 Mango has been revealed.

Are you excited to have a taste of Windows Phone 7’s upcoming software update?

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Microsoft and RIM Surprises World, Bing Coming to Blackberry

Written on May 04, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Microsoft and RIM, long time rivals in the business-use of smartphones, now forge an alliance in order to survive the harsh territories of the market.

When you see Microsoft Chief Executive, Steve Ballmer, walk to the stage of a Microsoft event and announce something about Bing, it’s pretty normal. But when you see Microsoft Chief Executive, Steve Ballmer, walk down to the stage of a Blackberry World conference and announce something about Bing, hell must have frozen.

In an apparent move to boost their presence in the business-use of the smartphone, Microsoft and Research in Motion (RIM) have forged an alliance that will bring the Bing search engine and map to Blackberry phones. This comes as a surprise, since Microsoft and RIM has been playing one-upsies over the business category of the smartphone industry years ago. But the Blackberry triumphed, as it wipes out Microsoft’s staunchest champion — the Windows Mobile.

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Microsoft Introduces Windows Phone 7 API, Makes Porting iPhone Apps Easier

Written on May 02, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Microsoft opens its gates widely for iPhone app developers with the application programming interface, or API.

Looks like Microsoft is making all the right moves to invite app developers to the Windows Phone 7. As WP7 continues to make its mark in the smartphone OS universe, Microsoft has unveiled a feature that allows app developers to easily program their iPhone apps for Microsoft phones.

Introducing Windows Phone 7’s application programming interface, or API. It allows app developers to “map” often used iPhone programming functions to Windows phones, based on three popular categories: Network/Internet, User Interface, and Data Management.

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Nokia Set to “Do the Right Thing” with its Own Tablet

Written on April 28, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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When the "right thing" for Nokia's tablet is coming, only the company can tell.

With around 200 tablets available in the market coming from Apple, Android, HP Palm, and RIM, it’s quite jarring to know why Nokia hasn’t jumped into the tablet category despite its (former) status as a technology giant — plus its recent partnership with the Microsoft Windows for their upcoming smartphones.

Perhaps, one can pinpoint the current development of the Windows phone for Nokia as a factor to why the company hasn’t made a tablet yet. Nokia CEO, Stephen Elop, elaborated through an interview with Finnish website – YLE – that the company is seeking to “do the right thing” with their tablets, instead of being another gadget clone with a Nokia logo embedded on its surface.

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Microsoft Released Windows Phone 7 Copy and Paste Update

Written on April 12, 2011 by Adam Eve

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After being late for a couple of weeks, the much-awaited copy and paste update for Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 is here!

At long last! Microsoft released the copy and paste update for Windows Phone 7 devices. And though it’s still odd how the big company removes this feature during its initial launch, it’s better late than never. But aside from the highly anticipated copy and paste update, the NoDo also comes with additional tweaks.

  • * Faster start and resume time for apps
  • * Improved category search in Marketplace
  • * Performance tune ups.

And in case you already have the NoDo on your WP7 device, the next update might tickle your fancy. There are hearsays that the next iteration, also known as Mango, will support HTML 5 and Silverlight support to the Microsoft mobile OS. Excited?

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Microsoft Rolls Out WP7’s Copy/Paste Update

Written on March 24, 2011 by Adam Eve

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At long last! The much-awaited copy/paste feature for our WP7's will be on our handsets soon.

Finally! Microsoft is bringing out the Windows Phone 7 update that’s been a long time coming. Dubbed as NoDo, the software upgrade brings the much-anticipated copy/paste feature and more.

Among the many improvements for Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 are faster boot and resume time for apps, and better searching and stability in the app store. NoDo also improves WiFi, messaging, Facebook integration, Outlook, and performance enhancements to certain handsets. However, the NoDo will be rolled out in stages.

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Bloomberg: Microsoft to Give $1 Billion Allowance to Nokia?

Written on March 09, 2011 by Charles Bass

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Microsoft and Nokia will be very busy in the coming days.

Microsoft and Nokia have sealed the deal to collaborate in the upcoming Windows Phone 7 mobile platform which will run on Nokia handsets. This is a give and take relationship: while Microsoft gets to ship its OS to different parts of the world, Nokia gets a decent OS for its smartphone.

Nokia will need to pay Microsoft licensing fee for each handset running WP7 and this billion-dollar stash maybe a starter kit for production.

According to Bloomberg:

“Nokia’s royalty payments will help Redmond, Washington- based Microsoft make a profit on the accord even after the payments to Nokia, one person said. Some of the payment to Nokia would be made before the company starts selling the phones, meaning Microsoft bears some upfront cost in the partnership.”

Apparently, the deal is held up “for more than five years.” So when are we gonna see a “Microkia” phone?

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Microsoft’s Getting Ready to Show-off Windows 8 Tablet Design This June

Written on March 01, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Windows 7 was a design-success. Will Microsoft continue their momentum with the Windows 8 for tablets?

Is Microsoft ready to face the iPad head-on? Well the only way to find out is to wait until June as a Microsoft insider told Business Insider that the company is getting their gears checked to unveil the new Windows 8 design for tablets by the end of the fiscal year. The unnamed source revealed that the Windows 8 is going to take a more Apple-like approach in terms of interface design and will be utilizing concepts from the “Metro” interface used for Windows Phone 7.

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