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Microsoft Interview Explains Development Process, Applications, and Updates

Microsoft Interview Explains Development Process, Applications, and Updates

There's no doubt that with the launch of Windows Phone 7 Series, that things are changing for Microsoft in the mobile market. They've decided to revamp everything, and that means the development process is getting a major face-lift as well. While they're hoping that the main stay of developers from previous version of Windows Mobile will stick around, they also want to make it perfectly clear that new developers can take full advantage of the new Silverlight development process. In the interview we conducted, we learned that Microsoft agrees with everyone else, in that the development process is just as important as the hardware and software, to the survival and success of Windows Phone 7 Series. We also learned how applications will be distributed, upgraded, and everything else in between. Oh, and we find out that some dreams are certainly going to be dashed.

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WSJ shocked not all Microsofties drink the WinMo juice

WSJ shocked not all Microsofties drink the WinMo juice

Surprise amounts of disbelief over the weekend at Microsoft's apparent unhappiness with employees who choose to buy an iPhone rather than carry one of the company's own smartphones.  In a WSJ piece - from which both Microsoft and Apple spokespeople perhaps wisely kept away from - Microsoft employees are described as "nuts for the [iPhone]", though many attempt to hide their use from senior management or even disguise the Apple handset with generic-looking cases.  Biggest motivator to drink the Windows Mobile Kool-Aid?  Since early last year, Microsoft won't let employees expense their service fees for anything other than Windows Phones.

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Microsoft Zune HD2 Already in the Works, Could Come This Year

Microsoft Zune HD2 Already in the Works, Could Come This Year

There's a pretty distinct set of reasons why, for the most part, it's a good thing or a bad thing to be an early adopter of any piece of tech that comes out. On the one hand, you've got the latest and greatest gadget on the planet, and you can happily show it off to all your friends. On the other side of the coin, you're usually faced with software/hardware glitches of some kind, and then there's that impending feeling that sooner than later, your device will be obsolete. We're not saying that's happening here with the Zune HD, but if these rumors are true, we may have to strike our words.

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Microsoft Windows Phone 7 Series Will Have 3D Gaming, Robust LIVE Integration

Microsoft Windows Phone 7 Series Will Have 3D Gaming, Robust LIVE Integration

That title shouldn't be that big of a surprise. If you'll recall, the Zune HD does 3D gaming as well, and considering that the XNA Studios is heavily invested in the Personal Media Player, we're not surprised to hear (again) that XNA and Windows Phone 7 are going hand-in-hand. We've seen that a game developed by XNA Game Studio 4.0 allows for developers to create three-screen gold, but the details that are starting to seep out of GDC are mouth-watering to say the least.

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Microsoft Pink leaks again: April 20th Verizon launch? [Update: & Vodafone!]

Microsoft Pink leaks again: April 20th Verizon launch? [Update: & Vodafone!]

Microsoft's been a leaky old sieve lately, with Courier slipping out earlier and even more Project Pink news just now.  After yesterday's Verizon revelation and the subsequent firmware leak comes new images of the two Sharp-manufactured Pink phones, the Pure and Turtle, themselves, along with a potential launch date of April 20th.

Update: Apparently the devices will also get an international launch - in their GSM formats - with carrier Vodafone.

Larger images after the cut

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Windows Phone 7 gets Silverlight & XNA, but no old WinMo apps

Windows Phone 7 gets Silverlight & XNA, but no old WinMo apps

Microsoft deferred pretty much all technical questions at MWC 2010 about Windows Phone 7 to their upcoming MIX conference, but they've apparently relented and released a little information ahead of time.  Key is that they're using Silverlight and XNA for development, along with .NET, Silverlight being Microsoft's Flash alternative (and making its first appearance on a Microsoft mobile platform with WP7) while XNA is found powering 2D and 3D gaming on the Zune HD.

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Microsoft Pure Pink phone caught in wild; firmware leak tips specs & more

Microsoft Pure Pink phone caught in wild; firmware leak tips specs & more

Hardly has the dust settled on the Microsoft Pink Verizon leak, when along come live - if blurry - shots of one of the handsets themselves.  You're looking at the device codenamed Pure, a touchscreen slider with a full QWERTY keyboard and - according to a leak of the firmware - a 480 x 320 display.  The firmware also confirms the Verizon launch, together with traces of of Zune, as well as Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo! and Windows Live.

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Leaked Windows Phone 7 info details developer hoops

Leaked Windows Phone 7 info details developer hoops

Microsoft may be playing their Windows Phone 7 development cards close to their chest - the perpetual message at MWC 2010 this week was "wait until MIX 2010 and we'll tell you more" - but that hasn't stopped leaks from tipping the company's plans.  According to an XDA-developers forum thread, leaked OS 7.0 Application Platform documents have confirmed some of the expectations and hints from the WP7 launch, including that it's an almost entirely different environment from what developers are used to from Windows Mobile 6.5.3 and earlier.

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Why there is no Zune Phone

Why there is no Zune Phone

The big news out of Barcelona this week was Microsoft’s announcement of Windows Phone 7 Series, the heir to Windows Mobile and Microsoft’s platform of choice to evolve their mobile strategy. With a UI that's looks very familiar to users of the Zune HD, I think Microsoft has done an excellent job re-inventing their mobile strategy. It's clear they are no longer playing in this market, they're playing to win. It's also clear that this year will be a major inflection point for mobile and Microsoft has gotten off to a good start, much better than what we've heard so far this week. The key will be execution and delivery on the things they've shown us this week. You'd think that would be enough for most folks, but it's clearly not. It seems there are some out there that are still looking for more.

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Windows Phone 7 to “democritise” the smartphone; TV integration coming?

Windows Phone 7 to “democritise” the smartphone; TV integration coming?

Windows Phone 7 feels like its been a long time coming, and today Steve Ballmer took to the stage complete with some carrier partners to discuss the upcoming smartphone platform. Contrary to previous events, no hardware partners were on stage today - though HTC, LG, Toshiba and other OEMs were all named as developing Windows Phone 7 hardware - but AT&T and Orange were both named as key carrier partners.

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Windows Phone 7 Series hands-on

Windows Phone 7 Series hands-on

Microsoft have officially launched Windows Phone 7 and with it the Windows Phone Series, promising we'll see the first devices on the market in time for the holiday 2010 shopping season.  Windows Phone 7 marks a new, more end-user aware phase for the platform, with Zune and Xbox integration, together with stricter controls over the overall end-user experience: third-party UIs, such as HTC Sense, will not be allowed (though OEMs will be able to add into the new WP7 UI), and while they're not yet revealing the details, Microsoft have a long technical specifications list for handset manufacturers that will better standardize the platform.

There are no handsets debuting today - though HTC, Dell and Qualcomm are among the manufacturers onboard - and all of the demo devices are unbranded, generic models specially built by ASUS.  Still, they're a decent example of what we can expect: a large, multitouch-friendly capacitive touchscreen with a glass front, three front-panel buttons (back, Start and search), GPS and a rear-mounted camera.  They also have a front-facing camera, though there won't apparently be support for it natively in Windows Phone 7, and OEMs are limited to what hardware controls they can add; it's pretty much down to volume buttons, camera shortcut and power.

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