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New Games to be unveiled for Windows Phone 7 platform
May 31st, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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New mobile games are on its way from Microsoft for the Windows Phone 7 platform. These games are expected to be unveiled at the upcoming E3 event.

Microsoft is struggling hard to divert developers and consumers from opting the familiar iOS and Android platform and attract them towards the new platform.

The company is not only looking ahead to bring new apps to the Windows platform but will also be revealing new games so as to attract crowds at the upcoming E3 conference.

According to an independent game developer for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 platform, the E3 conference is said to come with a mysterious surprise for the gamers. The news about the new games release is known from the teaser released by the games developers.

At the Mobile World Congress held in Barcelona, the software giant showcased features like controlling the Xbox 360 from the Windows phone. Given this backdrop, we expect Microsoft to announce more gaming options for the platform.

Windows phone could achieve a better position in the buzzing Smartphone market if its move to bolster the Windows Phone OS with games clicks and succeeds in attracting casual and serious gamers.

Microsoft turns it on with Mango!
May 24th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

Windows Phone Mango

Microsoft is sure doing everything it can to turn it around! With an eye on regaining the ground lost to Apple and Google, MS has offered an update into its Windows smart phone. The update, which goes by the code name of Mango, will offer 500 new features. These include IE9 as the browser.

More importantly, this would feature in the phones that Microsoft would be making with Nokia. These phones are expected to hit the market later this year.

Microsoft expects to increase its share in the smart phone segment with Mango, which integrates SMS, Facebook chat and Windows Live Messenger.

Other significant features include a single inbox for all e-mail accounts and a deeper integration with the social networking sites with the augmentation of Twitter and LinkedIn to contact information.

One other feature is the integration of the apps directly into the core functionalities. This would mean that, apps would be more closely linked to the music, picture and video hubs on the phone. This would also mean that users would be able to catch real-time information from the apps without having to go through the process of opening them.

Mango represents an important phase for Microsoft. The challenge ahead for MS is to convince the market of its phones and their usability. It would be an uphill task but if the indications are anything to go, Microsoft is all set for it!

New handsets on the cards with Windows Phone ‘Mango’ launch
May 23rd, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

Microsoft Windows Phone Mango

The much-awaited Mango update for the Windows Phone platform is due to be released this week from Microsoft. News is in the air that Microsoft will also unveil nine other handsets along with the ‘Mango’ software update during the announcement.

Microsoft’s latest update to the Windows Phone platform is scheduled to be showcased tomorrow. This software update will bring with it performance improvements and an array of new features which also includes a camera-powered visual search app, on-device podcast downloads, turn-by-turn navigation in Bing Maps and Shazam-inspired music recognition support.

All Windows Phone users will be able to enjoy the updates free of charge. However, more focus is on its flagship smartphone platform updates. Microsoft is also looking forward to unveil nine new devices so as to boost up its sales.

HTC is said to come up with two new handsets, Acer would unveil two, Dell will show off a single handset and Samsung is said to unveil four devices as per sources. As of now, no company has said anything about the rumours. However, we need not wait for long time now to know how far the rumours are true as tomorrow is the given launch date.

Nokia going soft?
Dec 21st, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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If reports are to be believed, yes! Nokia is reportedly in talks with Microsoft about deploying Windows 7 on Nokia smart phones. Nokia’s new CEO is a former head of Microsoft’s business division – some say, this brought a relative ease for all the talks.

However, it must be pointed that the Finnish giant has unequivocally rubbished such claims when they initially emerged in September. Nokia tried to tone down those rumors by pressing its commitment to Series 40, Symbian and MeeGo.

With a race that is turning out to be tougher than expected, Nokia is looking for a foothold in the smart phone market against the Android-running devices. With Apple iphone turning up as well, analysts believe Nokia might be well served having Android in its stable.

Nokia, however, strongly insists in the future being of MeeGo as well as Symbian – irrespective of the fact that Samsung and Sony Ericsson have recently dropped support for the OS. Even the Symbian Foundation scaled back its support for the OS but Nokia responded with renewed support.

The battle lines are drawn. It remains to be seen whether Nokia would call bluff and support Symbian or would enroll a new platform. Whatever it may turn out to be, Mobile hub would be your hub to know all the latest!

Microsoft Vs Motorola – another spat in mobile arena
Oct 4th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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Yet another law suit in Mobile world, this time Microsoft went on Motorola. As per Microsoft, mobile handset manufacturer Motorola has made patent infringement with an array of handsets based on Android platform. To get into specifics, as per Microsoft, Motorola has infringed nine patents of Microsoft, while moving from Windows platform to Android platform.

While migrating from Microsoft platform to Android platform, as per Microsoft, Motorola has infringed patents related to email synchronization, meeting scheduling, contacts, calendar and features relating to user change notification in terms of batter power and strength of signal.

Law suit is also significant in terms of its timing. Microsoft is going to launch its own handsets, windows 7 handsets in UK. This launch is an attempt to command its share in Mobile market from Google and Apple and Windows platform into the Market. While Motorola and Google are planning to gear up themselves in their defense, Microsoft compares itself with Oracle and Apple who recently has taken up similar moves.

In any case Google is planning to stand by its development partners to promote Android in market.

Microsoft clears the air: No Tethering For Windows Phone 7
Sep 27th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Windows7

Microsoft cleared the air around tethering support on Windows Phone 7 devices and it is official that tethering is not supported by the mobile platform contrary to the rumours. The software giant did not mention the reasons behind the decision, however.

A feature which can help people use their Smartphones as modems for their laptops and notebooks is what is termed as Tethering.

Recently, Engadget got the director of Windows Phone 7 OS on record saying that tethering is supported provided the service provider enables the same. And the new announcement goes against that.

Android 2.2, iOS and RIM’s BlackBerry devices all support tethering and customers are gaga about it because of usability. Tethering is supported by Google’s N1 too at a nominal price by the service provider so that users can access internet on their laptops.

And it is going to be a daunting task for Microsoft to appease customers without tethering. Given the backdrop that all the five major mobile service providers in the UK are offering the Smartphone, we need to wait and watch how Windows 7 fares.

Five UK Networks to offer Windows Phone 7 handsets
Sep 22nd, 2010 by Andy Miles

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It has been revealed by Microsoft today that all the five major UK mobile phone operators viz. Orange, O2, T-Mobile, Vodafone and Three are geared up to offer the Windows Phone 7 handsets.

Microsoft also revealed that it has received support from Phones 4U and Carphone Warehouse. According to Microsoft, Orange UK, which is said to amalgamate soon with T-Mobile, would be the lead partner for its Windows Phone 7 OS.

As such, Microsoft would have an advantage of offering a varied range of handsets to its customers along with an option to go with their desired network. Microsoft is said to be excited to work with all the major carriers in the industry who will be supporting their Windows Phone 7 launch.

Microsoft is also looking forward to get the support from smaller network operators like Tesco, Virgin Media and Talkmobile later on. However, Microsoft would launch the Windows Phone 7 on October 11th, 2010.

Also, it is still unknown if the recently revealed Zune music service would be offered by Orange or Vodafone. Moreover, Zune is said to be in direct competition with Orange’s Musicstore, 3 UK’s strategic partnership with Spotify and Vodafone’s Music.

also revealed that it has received support from Phones 4U and Carphone Warehouse. According to Microsoft, Orange UK, which is said to amalgamate soon with T-Mobile, would be the lead partner for their Windows Phone 7 OS.

As such, Microsoft would have an advantage of offering a varied range of handsets to its customers along with their desired network choice to go with. Microsoft is also said to be excited to work with all the major carriers in the industry who will be supporting their Windows Phone 7 launch.

Microsoft is also looking forward to get the support from smaller network operators like Tesco, Virgin Media and Talkmobile later on.

However, Microsoft would launch the Windows Phone 7 on October 11th, 2010. Also, it is still unknown if the recently revealed Zune music service would be offered by Orange or Vodafone. Moreover, Zune is said to be in direct competition with Orange’s Musicstore, 3 UK’s strategic partnership with Spotify and Vodafone’s Music.

Developer toolkit for Windows Phone 7 released
Sep 18th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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Microsoft has released the final version of its developers’ toolkit and thus launched another campaign to drum up support for its forthcoming Smartphone platform, Windows Phone 7.

Windows Phone 7 was released to mobile phone makers earlier this month and now it hopes to pull developers to its side so that they create all sorts of apps and help the platform become all the more popular.

Windows Phone Emulator, Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone, XNA Game Studio 4.0, and Expression Blend 4 for Windows Phone are a part of the toolkit. As is the buzz on the marketplace, the software giant is desperate to get all kinds of publicity for its much touted mobile platform, the Windows Phone 7.

Despite the fact that the Windows Phone 7 seems to have the capability and worth, Microsoft has a herculean task at hand as it tries to regain the lost market share. RIM announced this week that it has had an exceptional quarter and Comscore provided numbers that Android’s Smartphone share is on the rise.

Microsoft has shown its desperation in making statements about the alleged cost of Android. Microsoft opines that Android just looks free, but is tied by patents and other secondary costs to be borne by mobile phone manufacturers whereas it charges license fees upfront. Microsoft could rather focus on building software that delivers value for money and leave the rest to the public.

The latest and arguably the most important platform in the last decade is all set to go live on some phones next month and if it fails to impress the world and reverse the current trends, Microsoft is going to be in real trouble.

Windows Phone 7 Mobile Dev Tools unveiled
Mar 16th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Microsoft

The first cut of the developer tools and the Software development kit for its Windows Phone 7 Mobile OS has been unveiled by Microsoft on day one of the MIX 10 conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. Microsoft promised the launch of the developer tools during the launch of the mobile phone platform in February.

In addition, the software giant released a new version of its Silverlight software which can play an important role in its new Smartphone platform. Microsoft is sure that the developers will be able to develop a variety of applications for Windows Phone 7 OS by using its Silverlight software and the XNA framework.

An emulator, which is nothing but a virtual machine running on the same platform can be used to test and debug the software as if it is a real device.

Microsoft asserted that all the three released tools for Windows Phone will be available for free for preview as well as the full version.

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