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Microsoft Zune HD Refresh in the Works?

Microsoft Zune HD Refresh in the Works?

Considering all the press a certain Cupertino-based company received today, and besides a valiant effort from Samsung, there was one other main company that has been strangely silent about their current Personal Media Player line-up. Microsoft's Zune HD is one of the best out there, in both aesthetically pleasing lines and power under the hood, coupled with features, it's one device that we hope isn't getting shoved under the rug. Thankfully, if some sources are to be believed, it looks like something could indeed be in the works.

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2011 The Year of the Super Phone

2011 The Year of the Super Phone

I first heard the term "Super Phone"  used as it relates to a new category of devices at a conference I attended last month. I’ve thought for a while now that the industry needed to come up with a term other than smartphone to distinguish these new classes of devices. Even though I’m not completely in love with Super Phone as a term (and I’m pretty sure consumers don’t care about these terms anyway) it is perhaps the best so far.

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Windows Phone 7 Technical Preview

Windows Phone 7 Technical Preview

Tensions must be high at Microsoft.  The recent embarrassment of the short-lived KIN project has left all eyes on Windows Phone 7, not only to justify its own existence but also to legitimize the company's place in the mobile ecosystem.  With iOS4 freshly released, Android developing at a rapid rate, and webOS now under the auspices of HP, those in the market for a smartphone are spoiled for choice; never before has it been so competitive.  A few months out from release, SlashGear has been given a Windows Phone 7 device - the latest OS build running on Samsung hardware - for a technical review.  Check out our findings after the cut.

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Microsoft Providing Plenty of Incentives for Developers to Switch to Windows Phone 7

Microsoft Providing Plenty of Incentives for Developers to Switch to Windows Phone 7

This actually isn't the first time we've heard about Microsoft going out of their way to make sure that a current platform, or a platform they're intending to launch, has all of their bases covered. Back in August of last year, we heard rumors that Microsoft was giving developers money to leave their current platforms of choice, and bring their products over to the Zune HD. Now, and over the last couple of weeks, we've heard rumors that Microsoft was doing the same thing for their upcoming Windows Phone 7. And apparently it's all true.

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Microsoft Windows Phone to be Enhanced Through Connected Services

Microsoft Windows Phone to be Enhanced Through Connected Services

Perhaps unlike the KIN, Microsoft has a lot of faith in their reboot to the Windows Mobile Operating System lineage. They're putting a lot of effort, on both the software side of things, as well as enforcing the hardware side of things, to make sure that the mobile OS they launch later this year is the best they believe it can be. And while relying on the Operating System itself for the majority of feature-driven aspects to attract customers is good in of itself, it's also the extra features that's going to draw in plenty of more folks to your platform. Andy Lees, Senior Vice President for Microsoft's Mobile Communications Business, announced some of those extra features at the Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington, D.C.

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Microsoft Menlo mobile OS tipped to replace CE: “frankenOS” for cross-platform compatibility

Microsoft Menlo mobile OS tipped to replace CE: “frankenOS” for cross-platform compatibility

Windows CE isn't exactly the most popular of mobile platforms, but it's still reasonably common to find it hiding underneath the custom UI of various MIDs, PMPs and other devices, not to mention Microsoft's own Windows Mobile, Windows Phone 7 and Zune OSes.  Now, Microsoft are apparently looking at replacing CE with a new platform, codenamed Microsoft Menlo, which combines Windows NT for mobile devices with a new "Experiment 19" graphics platform.  According to Mary Jo Foley's digging, the project is being led by Galen Hunt, who's also responsible for Microsoft'a Singularity work.

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Microsoft’s Kin and the emergence of featurephone data tiers

Microsoft’s Kin and the emergence of featurephone data tiers

As I was in the middle of writing this month's column on Microsoft's Kin, SlashGear editor Chris Davies sent me a draft of Michael Gartenberg's column on... Microsoft's Kin. I was relieved to see that there wasn’t too much overlap; Michael’s column is on the Kin’s target market, and I’m focusing on changing carrier pricing structures. I agree with Michael’s premise: there is pent up demand for a social network appliance, and the TwitterPeek ain't it. My problem with the Kin is that we haven’t been given the critical piece of information that will determine whether it will be a success: data pricing.

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Microsoft Zune HD2 Seen at Microsoft Experience?

Microsoft Zune HD2 Seen at Microsoft Experience?

At least we can say that this isn't the first time the Zune HD2 has been rumored about. Because, let's face it, if you've got something as thin as this, you'll need some kind of other story to support it. Luckily, we've got that in this situation. According to a report over at Zunited, apparently a director and blogger got a chance to see the new Zune HD, along with a few pieces of other Microsoft tech.

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Microsoft Kin One and Kin Two official

Microsoft Kin One and Kin Two official

Microsoft's Project Pink has finally matured into a couple of official devices, and if you were expecting a Zune phone then you might be a little surprised. The Microsoft Kin One and Kin Two - formerly known as the "Turtle" and "Pure" - are being positioned as feature phones for "Generation Upload", with an emphasis both on social networking and on making sure Windows Phone 7's toes don't get stepped on.

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Microsoft take charge of Windows Phone 7 firmware updates

Microsoft take charge of Windows Phone 7 firmware updates

Microsoft have confirmed that they will be taking responsibility for firmware updates for Windows Phone 7, rather than leaving them to device manufacturers as is the case currently with Windows Mobile.  According to Charlie Kindel, Partner Group Program Manager at Microsoft, the company will use both OTA and side-loaded updates: smaller firmware packages will be delivered via 3G/WiFi, while more significant firmware changes will be handled when the smartphone is plugged into the Zune Manager software.

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