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Microsoft’s three Windows Phone 7 chassis designs tipped

Microsoft’s three Windows Phone 7 chassis designs tipped

Details of Microsoft's hardware plans for Windows Phone 7 have leaked, courtesy of a Frankly Speaking podcast featuring Microsoft Australia Developer Evangelists Michael Kordahi and Andrew Coates.  According to the pair, Microsoft have narrowed down WP7 hardware to three chassis: Chassis 1, which is expected to incorporate all the devices set to launch later this year, will be the "big touchscreen" models with 1GHz processors and discrete GPUs.

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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Microsoft’s Window Mobile platform: A Downfall

Microsoft’s Window Mobile platform: A Downfall

I have vague memories of those years long ago when Windows Mobile was the ruler of the roost, dominating nearly half of the mobile operating system market.  Then, in that last three years, WinMo market share started descending on a steep slope.  And never really recovered.  Now with the advent of Windows Phone 7, Microsoft’s next generation mobile platform, the software giant is hoping to find success in its mobile future.

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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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Microsoft MyPhone 2.0 overhaul tipped for Windows Phone 7

Microsoft MyPhone 2.0 overhaul tipped for Windows Phone 7

We've not heard much about Microsoft's MyPhone cloud backup service since the company confirmed the service details shortly after the Windows Mobile 6.5 launch, but it seems the team responsible are hard at work on v2.0.  According to a recently posted job advert, calling for testers in the Windows Mobile software engineering team, Microsoft are elbow-deep in MyPhone 2.0 which will form part of "the next release of Windows Mobile".

Windows Phone 7 details leak: No multitasking, UI lock-down & Zune/Xbox integration?

Windows Phone 7 details leak: No multitasking, UI lock-down & Zune/Xbox integration?

Microsoft have already confirmed that Windows Mobile 7 is going to make at least a partial debut at Mobile World Congress 2010 in a little over a week's time, but so far all we've had is rumors as to what exactly they'll be showing off.  Now, according to PPCGeeks' sources, more details are known: they reckon the new Windows Phone 7 UI will be the main draw at MWC, with Microsoft holding off on specific functionality, but they do have a run-down of what we can expect from the updated smartphone platform.  Unfortunately, not all of it fills us with glee.

As we've heard rumored, there's a lot borrowed from the Zune platform injected into Windows Phone 7.  The smartphone UI - apparently codenamed "METRO" - looks much like that of the Zune HD we're told, with a fresh new Start screen; it's described variously as "very clean", "soulful" and "alive".  Hopefully it really will be, since third-party or OEM UIs are apparently not to be permitted; that means no HTC Sense and no other apps such as SPB Mobile Shell.

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Zune Phone set to debut at MWC with Tegra

Zune Phone set to debut at MWC with Tegra

The rumors of a Zune phone have been bandied back and forth around the web since the iPhone launched years ago. It's hard to believe that after all this time Microsoft still hasn't rolled out a Zune Phone. A new rumor is circulating that claims the Zune Phone will hit this month.

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