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Windows Phone 7 App is alive!

Today, we formally announced the release of the USA TODAY for Windows Phone application. If the optimistic early buzz around this begin is any indicator (, it looks like our app is already resonating with Windows Phone owners in need of a solid news and information experience. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on May 19, 2011 in Windows 7 Phone


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The Top 20 Windows Phone 7 Apps of 2010

Microsoft challenged to remain related in the Smartphone market by launching Windows Phone 7, its latest mobile platform, back in 2010. Though the OS has struggled to achieve a significant market share, there is still enough apps-and users-for those who are interested in Windows Phone 7’s unique stream-based interface. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on May 19, 2011 in WP7


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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 ( 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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Bing Mobile Goes HTML5, Windows Phone 7 Can’t Partake

Google might be the biggest, but it isn’t the only game in town when it comes to mobile search. Microsoft announced today that Bing Mobile has gotten a significant update that includes changes to the core HTML5 functionality. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on March 25, 2011 in Android, Bing, Mobile


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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 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.


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


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GCA: Student developers warming to Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 software

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Posted by on March 14, 2011 in Microsoft, Windows Phone 7


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Windows Phone 7 NapApp Puts You to Sleep

Don’t worry, it’s not a boring app, it just gives you exactly what you need to grab a quick nap anywhere you are: an alarm to wake up. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on March 14, 2011 in App, Windows Phone


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Windows Phone 7 Update May Be Delayed

An official Windows Phone blog in French says that the first substantial update for Windows Phone devices may not come until the end of the month, Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on March 11, 2011 in Windows, Windows Phone


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