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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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How to Sync Windows Phone with Outlook


If you’re using a Windows Phone 7 device in a corporate environment, you get the advantage of a piece of mobile hardware that you can sync with an Exchange server. Meanwhile you already have desktop syncing via Microsoft Outlook, giving you a uniform sync across all devices.

However it isn’t so easy for Windows Phone 7 owners that don’t have access to Microsoft Exchange, although it is still possible to enjoy a similar email and calendar sync dynamic with the help of your Windows Live account and Outlook Connector.

With a Windows Live Hotmail account setup in your desktop Outlook client you can then sync emails, contacts and calendar data between your PC and Windows Phone via your Hotmail account through Outlook connector!

Setting Up Windows Live Hotmail in Microsoft Outlook 2010

You can quickly get started with this by opening Outlook and adding your Windows Live account via File > Add Account – simply add your name, email address and password, click Next and Outlook will do the rest of the work for you. In a few moments time you will have your Hotmail account available in Outlook.

This includes both the email account, visible in the left pane in Outlook, any Contacts you have saved in your Windows Live account (accessed via the Contacts button, or CTRL+3) and your Windows Live calendar, which you can view and edit via the Calendar button (or CTRL+2).

Adding and editing contacts and calendar items in Outlook will be replicated to your Windows Live Hotmail account and this will then be synced to your Windows Phone a few moments later!

Managing Emails, Calendars and Contacts on Your Windows Phone

The level of synchronization using this method is bi-directional – you can also add items to your Windows Phone calendar and these will be synced to your desktop calendar.

To do this, tap the Calendar on your Windows Phone and then + to add a New item; in the New Appointment screen add a subject for the appointment, a location and ensure that your Windows Live account is selected. (This guide assumes that a Windows Live account has been setup for use on your Windows Phone, if not go to Settings > Email & accounts > Add an account.)

Next, select a date and time for the appointment to begin and then select duration – note that you can select All day if your calendar item is for a full day. The More details button allows you to add a reminder, specify whether or not the appointment will occur again (and set various re-occurrence options) and also allow you to add notes. Tap Save to add the appointment to your diary, and within a few moments your calendar items will be synced with your Windows Live calendar in your desktop Outlook client. If nothing shows in Outlook straightaway, just use Send/Receive to force the sync.

Similar editing can be achieved in your Contacts list, and again you can sync the changes between your PC, Windows Live account and your Windows Phone.

Source: http://www.devicemag.com/2011/03/19/how-to-sync-windows-phone-with-outlook/

 
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Posted by on March 21, 2011 in Microsoft, Windows

 

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Could Windows Phone 7 eventually go the way of the Zune?


That Microsoft is apparently killing the Zune should surprise no one. But could what happened to that ill-fated music player be a template for the eventual fate of Windows Phone 7?

Microsoft released the Zune back in 2006, in an attempt to take on the iPod, which had a stranglehold on the music-player industry. It simply never caught on. Bloomberg cites research by the NPD Group saying that last year the iPod had 77 percent of the market, compared to less than five percent for the Zune.

I can admit it in public: I’m a Zune owner. And the NPD research must explain why I’ve never come across another Zune owner anywhere. Trying to use the social feature of a Zune turned out to be a very lonely, anti-social experience.

There are some almost eerie similarities to the history of the Zune and the briefer history of Windows Phone 7. Start off with the basics: In both instances Microsoft was very late to market, and was attempting to unseat an extremely popular market leader. With the Zune, Microsoft tried taking on the iPod. With Windows Phone 7, it may even have more trouble, because it’s trying to take on two market leaders: the iPhone and Android phones.

In both instances, Microsoft has said that it would spend untold amounts of money to make sure the hardware succeeded. Bloomberg notes that Robbie Bach, who was then president of Microsoft’s entertainment and devices business, said that Microsoft was going to invest hundreds of millions in Zune to make sure it was a success. And Bloomberg quotes Steve Ballmer at the time as saying about the iPod:

“We can beat them, but it’s not going to be easy.”

Ballmer has been saying much the same thing about Windows Phone 7. And as for how much Microsoft will be willing to spend on Windows Phone 7, here’s what CNNMoney.com quotes him saying about that at the Professional Developers’ Conference back in October:
“Make no mistake about it, we’re all in. I get all kinds of questions about ‘what if you don’t do this or that,’ or blah, blah, blah. BOOM, baby, that’s what we’re going to do!”
Say what you will about Ballmer, but the man has a way with words, doesn’t he?

Both the Zune and Windows Phone 7 had less than stellar starts after their introduction — neither rollouts could be considered breakthroughs. And in both cases the hardware, although solidly done, wasn’t innovative enough to be clearly superior to existing products.

Of course, there’s also a very big difference as well: Microsoft has a partnership with cellphone giant Nokia that is phasing in over two years. That, in itself, could ensure a long life for Windows Phone 7. Still, even though Microsoft has very deep pockets, it won’t spend billions of dollars forever on product that has no payback.

It’s clearly several years too early to say that Windows Phone 7 will go the way of the Zune. But the history of the Zune is certainly a cautionary tale for Microsoft.

Source: http://blogs.computerworld.com/17984/could_windows_phone_7_eventually_go_the_way_of_the_zune

 
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Posted by on March 18, 2011 in iPod, Microsoft, Windows

 

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In Hacking Competition, Android, Windows Phone 7 Devices Unscathed


After hackers descended on mobile phones as part of the Pwn2Own competition, two devices were left standing at the end, reports Wired.com: Android-powered Nexus S and Windows Phone 7-powered Dell Venue Pro.

The iPhone and BlackBerry? Hackers took just two days to crack into those operating systems. Charlie Miller and Dion Blazakis hacked the former and Vincenzo Iozzo, Willem Pinckaers and Ralf Philipp Weinmenn managed to break into a BlackBerry Torch 9800, according to Wired.com.

But the Android and Windows Phone devices ‘won’ by default; contestants scheduled to hack those phones backed out for a variety of reasons, Wired.com said.

Last year’s winner Peter Vreughdenhil told the technology magazine that he and other organizers felt iPhone’s quick fall came as no surprise, but that Android’s survival shocked them as “it is also a big target and had four contestants lined up”.

Vreughdenhil, however, cautions that “the survival of a target at Pwn2Own does not automatically declare it safer than a target that went down”.

“We see no particular reason why Android would be harder to hack than any of the other targets,” he was quoted as saying.

Source: http://www.designtaxi.com/news/34303/In-Hacking-Competition-Android-Windows-Phone-7-Devices-Unscathed/?page=2

 
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Posted by on March 18, 2011 in Android, Blackberry, iPhone, Windows

 

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