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Windows Phone Marketplace hits 50k apps, here’s three anchors that matter

Windows Phone Marketplace hits 50k apps, here’s three anchors that matter

When it comes to applications for the mobile platform, it's essentially the same situation for any device ecosystem as it is for a mall: anchor stores are necessary to keep the whole structure active - and the same is true of the Windows Phone Marketplace which just this week hit 50,000 apps. This isn't the highest amount of apps in a mobile market, not by a long shot, but with an environment for apps that is, as many Windows Phone fans will tell you, still developing, it's certainly a milestone to be proud of. What you've got to keep this all anchored down is a set of apps that everyone wants, everyone needs! Let's have a brief look at what those are.

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Microsoft admits Windows Phone NFC gaffe

Microsoft admits Windows Phone NFC gaffe

Microsoft has backtracked on suggestions that NFC lies dormant and unused in Windows Phone 7, admitting that the short-range wireless technology won't actually arrive in the platform until 2012. Windows Phone support for NFC - which is most commonly used for short-range data transfers and wireless payments - was mistakenly confirmed by a Microsoft UK product manager in an interview last week; now, the company tells WinRumors that NFC is merely "coming" to models expected in the new year.

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Lenovo confirms Windows Phone device for second half of 2012

Lenovo confirms Windows Phone device for second half of 2012

Lenovo confirmed today that it has plans to release a Windows Phone device during the second half of 2012. It's not too surprising since rumors had persisted about a Lenovo Windows Phone and an image had leaked last month purported to be of such a device. The authenticity of the leaked image was confirmed today by Lenovo's LePhone Product Manager, Yue Chen, during an interview with iMobile.

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Nokia to ship just 500k Windows Phones in 2011

Nokia to ship just 500k Windows Phones in 2011

Nokia's Lumia 800 Windows Phone 7 Mango handset made a big flashy debut, but analysts offer a disappointing shipment forecast for the device. Bernstein Research analyst Pierre Ferragu notes that the buzz level on the Lumia 800 is just about level as the Nokia N8, which was also a top-of-the-line item for the company but turned out to be a dud.

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