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Breaking Windows is a good idea

Breaking Windows is a good idea

I have been reading a lot of critiques of Microsoft's mobile strategy lately, especially among those who think that breaking compatibility with older versions of Windows Mobile is a bad idea. Some of these opinions are just wrong, showing little knowledge of technical architectures. (If it's CE based, how come I can't run my old apps? Sheesh; CE was used in many different mobile devices, none of which could run Windows Mobile apps). For those that are dependent on some Windows Mobile app, Microsoft is wisely keeping the 6.5.x platform around for a while meaning folks can make a smooth transition as they need to.

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T-Mobile HTC HD2 confirmed for March 24th launch

T-Mobile HTC HD2 confirmed for March 24th launch

T-Mobile USA have finally confirmed pricing and availability for the HTC HD2, the Windows Mobile 6.5.3 smartphone that European users have been taunting their US counterparts with for several months now.  The T-Mobile HD2 will arrive on March 24th priced at $199.99 with a new, two-year agreement.

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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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HTC Touch Pro3 (aka HTC Tera) offering WinMo 6.5 in Q3 2010?

HTC Touch Pro3 (aka HTC Tera) offering WinMo 6.5 in Q3 2010?

Generous pinch-of-salt time now, but according to one xda-developers tipster HTC are readying their new version of the Touch Pro2, the unsurprisingly named HTC Touch Pro3 (aka the HTC Tera from the leaked roadmap) for launch in Q3 2010.  Apparently informed by a contact at HTC's European distributor, member LocDogg says initial stock of the Windows Mobile 6.5 handset is expected to come in over the Summer, though the Pro3 itself will be going on sale just shy of Windows Phone 7's debut.

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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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T-Mobile HTC HD2 price leaks, plus CLIQ XT and Nokia Nuron details

T-Mobile HTC HD2 price leaks, plus CLIQ XT and Nokia Nuron details

While we've pretty much known that T-Mobile plan to launch the HTC HD2 in the US sometime this month, what we haven't been aware of is what sort of pricing we should expect.  Thanks to a nifty leak from Tmonews, however, we now know figures for not only the HD2 but the CLIQ XT and the Nokia Nuron (aka the ExpressMusic 5230).  Best news?  The HD2 isn't as expensive as we feared it might be.

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WAD2 Windows Phone 7 theme boosts performance [Video]

WAD2 Windows Phone 7 theme boosts performance [Video]

Remember yesterday's Windows Phone 7 Metro UI theme for Windows Mobile 6.5 devices?  Performance on the early alpha was sluggish, but it looks like Jaxbot's project isn't the only one out there looking to put some new shine on older devices.  LeSScro has been working on a Metro UI theme, based on WisBar Advance Desktop 2.x, and it's running a whole lot more smoothly than yesterday's attempt.

Video demo after the cut

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Windows Phone 7 Metro UI skin for WinMo 6.5 gets early alpha video demo

Windows Phone 7 Metro UI skin for WinMo 6.5 gets early alpha video demo

Enchanted by Microsoft's new Metro UI for Windows Phone 7, but can't wait until the first handsets running the OS begin to show up later in the year?  Over at XDA-Developers Jaxbot is working on a Metro UI theme for Windows Mobile 6.5 devices, and there's a very early release available for testing on VGA or WVGA handsets.

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Adobe: No Flash 10.1 until Windows Phone 7

Flash seems to be a pretty contentious topic when it comes to mobile devices lately, and Adobe’s latest decision seems unlikely to win them any new fans with Windows Mobile users.  According to Adobe employee Antonio R Flores, the company has decided not to support Windows Mobile 6.5.3 or anything earlier with their upcoming Flash 10.1 for smartphones.

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Skype pull Windows Mobile VoIP app

Skype pull Windows Mobile VoIP app

Skype have pulled support for Windows Mobile, leaving only iPhone and Symbian versions of their mobile VoIP app.  According to Skype's FAQ on the subject, the company "felt that Skype Lite and Skype for Windows Mobile were not offering the best possible Skype experience"; there are also hints that Skype may be planning a new version to replace it, however.

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HTC Legend, Desire & HD mini preorders tip April 12th release

HTC Legend, Desire & HD mini preorders tip April 12th release

Money burning a hole in your pocket and desperate to inject a little MWC 2010 glamour into your life?  Expansys UK have thrown up their preorder pages for HTC's trio of Sense-equipped smartphones, the Legend, Desire and HD mini, though you'll have to wait until their tipped delivery date of April 12th.

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HTC HD mini shrinks HD2 experience

HTC HD mini shrinks HD2 experience

HTC's new smartphone range for MWC 2010 isn't all about Android; the company have also outed a new Windows Mobile device, though of course it runs 6.5.3 rather than Windows Phone 7.  The HTC HD mini is being billed as offering the same user experience as the HD2 only in a smaller form factor, shrinking the display down to a 3.2-inch capacitive HVGA panel with multitouch support and swapping the HD2's Snapdragon chipset for a 600MHz Qualcomm MSM7227.  Like the HD2, it also gets HTC's Sense UI. Continue Reading

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