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Microsoft Talks New Windows Phones, Their Prices And Common User Interface


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Andrew Lees, President of Microsoft Windows Phone Division, took the stage at the 2011 Worldwide Partner Conference to talk about the future of Windows. Of course, being EverythingWM.com we will bring you the details that matter most about Windows Phone. Below we provide some great snippents of Andrew Lees’ presentation at the WPC 2011.

And, in fact, if you look even at the price of smartphones, a year ago all smartphones cost over $400 when they left their hardware manufacturer. Today, they’re down to about $200, and next year, a smartphone that can run something like Windows Phone 7 will actually be down to $100 to $150. So, you’re seeing a dramatic price reduction.

Andrew Lees states the above after mentioning how, when they showed off the new motherboard that will run Windows 8, you can have an entire computer system on a single chip now. Those same chips will not only be used in computers and laptops, but because of their small size will also be used in smartphones and more. The reduction of size in the chips and less material use will bring reduced prices of components all across the board. With a system on a single chip you pay much less than for a system that involves various pieces of hardware.

You see if you looked at the update that we’re providing to Windows Phone this year, we include a new browser. It’s Internet Explorer 9. It’s the same technology that we have on the PC. It’s not similar. It’s the same. So, we can take the advantages that we provide on the PC and immediately leapfrog and provide those across different types of devices.

So, for a phone the strategy here is not to provide a business phone, or a consumer phone, but to have them all be the same thing. There’s only one thing. And so there’s a few key things that we’re delivering with our phone strategy. The first one is that we need to provide what end users desire and what they require. These personal scenarios like music and games, and communications, personal communications, social networking, build them into the phone, but also enabling a line of business solutions, business productivity, getting access to information inside of your company. And we may need to make sure that it works with the existing infrastructure and we provide the same tools for you to provide solutions to customers.

Lees then continues, referring to the common user interface across devices that will be provided to the customer. With Windows Phone 7 being the pioneer software, Windows 8 will build on it as well as Xbox and other future devices. All with a common interface, all with a common experience and sharing capabilities. Microsoft is also making it their number one goal to provide what the customer desires first then build on it.

Continue reading to find out about new Windows Phone devices coming this Fall at different price points, including some reveal images. These new reveal images include new Samsung, ZTE, Fujitsu and Acer devices.

Andrew Lees, President of Microsoft Windows Phone Division, took the stage at the 2011 Worldwide Partner Conference to talk about the future of Windows. Of course, being EverythingWM.com we will bring you the details that matter most about Windows Phone. Below we provide some great snippents of Andrew Lees’ presentation at the WPC 2011.

And, in fact, if you look even at the price of smartphones, a year ago all smartphones cost over $400 when they left their hardware manufacturer. Today, they’re down to about $200, and next year, a smartphone that can run something like Windows Phone 7 will actually be down to $100 to $150. So, you’re seeing a dramatic price reduction.

Andrew Lees states the above after mentioning how, when they showed off the new motherboard that will run Windows 8, you can have an entire computer system on a single chip now. Those same chips will not only be used in computers and laptops, but because of their small size will also be used in smartphones and more. The reduction of size in the chips and less material use will bring reduced prices of components all across the board. With a system on a single chip you pay much less than for a system that involves various pieces of hardware.

You see if you looked at the update that we’re providing to Windows Phone this year, we include a new browser. It’s Internet Explorer 9. It’s the same technology that we have on the PC. It’s not similar. It’s the same. So, we can take the advantages that we provide on the PC and immediately leapfrog and provide those across different types of devices.

So, for a phone the strategy here is not to provide a business phone, or a consumer phone, but to have them all be the same thing. There’s only one thing. And so there’s a few key things that we’re delivering with our phone strategy. The first one is that we need to provide what end users desire and what they require. These personal scenarios like music and games, and communications, personal communications, social networking, build them into the phone, but also enabling a line of business solutions, business productivity, getting access to information inside of your company. And we may need to make sure that it works with the existing infrastructure and we provide the same tools for you to provide solutions to customers.

Lees then continues, referring to the common user interface across devices that will be provided to the customer. With Windows Phone 7 being the pioneer software, Windows 8 will build on it as well as Xbox and other future devices. All with a common interface, all with a common experience and sharing capabilities. Microsoft is also making it their number one goal to provide what the customer desires first then build on it.

Continue reading to find out about new Windows Phone devices coming this Fall at different price points, including some reveal images. These new reveal images include new Samsung, ZTE, Fujitsu and Acer devices.

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There will be a whole new range of phones that are available this fall around “Mango” at different price points, with different features, particularly from the partners that we have already been working with, Samsung, HTC, and LG. But I’m also very excited about the partnership that we announced in February with Nokia, and this is where they’re going to move to exclusively rely on Windows Phone as their platform.

Just to put this context, they sold 100 million smartphones over the last 12 months. And they’re going to transition that from Symbian over to Windows Phone. They’ve announced that the first phones are going to be available this year, and they’re going to move into huge volume into 2012. So, having them 100 percent dedicated to Windows Phone for their smartphones is an important milestone.

And yet, also, OEMs are continuing to line up behind Windows Phone. We recently announced that Acer, Fujitsu, and ZTE are providing Windows Phones this fall. They will, again, fill out different countries, different form factors, and different price points. So, to take a look at some of those devices in a sneak peek, but also to take a look at the vast array of different devices, I would like to introduce Steve Guggenheimer, who is going to take us through the world of Windows that you’ll be seeing this year.

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You can jump over to the Microsoft article which contains a text version of Andrew Lees’ entire presentation.

Source: http://www.everythingwm.com/microsoft-talks-new-windows-phones-their-prices-and-common-user-interface/2011/07/16/

 
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Posted by on July 18, 2011 in Windows

 

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American Airlines now offers BlackBerry and Windows Phone apps


The folks over at American Airlines have recently expanded its lineup of smartphone apps with the release of its American Airlines app for BlackBerry and Windows Phone 7 devices. Previously available for iOS and Android devices, the app allows users to create flight status notifications, check flight status and schedules, view personal flight details, check in for flights, access mobile boarding passes, monitor standby statuses, view terminal maps, access AAdvantage accounts and enrol in the program, and track AAdvantage elite status progress.

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In addition to those features, BlackBerry users can also save their flight itineraries directly to their calendars. Future versions of the app will also allow users to easily share their flight information with contacts through BBM. Sounds like a pretty useful app, especially if you’re a frequent customer of American Airlines, and you own a smartphone. The apps are available for download now at their respective app stores. Find out more about the apps.

Source: http://www.ubergizmo.com/2011/07/american-airlines-blackberry-windows-phone-apps/

 
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Posted by on July 5, 2011 in Windows

 

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Memo to Nokia: get a move on


Opinion: Barry Collins says neither Nokia nor Microsoft can afford to wait until 2012 to deliver Windows Phone 7 handsets Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 3, 2011 in Windows

 

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MoVend in-appcpayments Expands to BlackBerry and Windows Platforms


Stream Media Private Limited, a Singapore-based company, announced today that its flagship product, MoVend (www.movend.com) has expanded to other platforms. MoVend is an in-app commerce platform that was previously only available on the Android platform. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 6, 2011 in Blackberry, Windows

 

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Windows Phone 7 Contracts Enlightens your smile


Windows Phone 7 Contracts avail best of Windows handsets at affordable price with exciting gifts and sizzling offers. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

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Windows Embedded Handheld 7 slips off the Microsoft roadmap


A year ago, Microsoft officials went public with their roadmap for the company’s various embedded mobile operating systems. At that time, the Redmondians said to expect Windows Embedded Handheld 7 — an enterprise-targeted update to its ruggedized-device operating system — to arrive in the second half of calendar 2011. But those plans seemingly have changed. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2011 in Microsoft, Windows

 

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Windows 7 tablets get a browser of their own


Opera Software has announced a web browser specifically designed for Windows 7-based tablet computers. “Opera Mobile 11” automatically runs full-screen, includes pinch-to-zoom capabilities, and includes its own virtual keyboard — but there will be no Windows Mobile 6.5 version, and Windows Phone 7 support is uncertain, according to the company. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2011 in Windows, Windows 7

 

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