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Windows Phone execs keep shuffling: App Store merge mulled

Windows Phone execs keep shuffling: App Store merge mulled

Microsoft's Windows Phone team has lost another top-tier exec, as the company's General Manager for Developer and Marketplace, Matt Bencke, has been quietly moved to the Xbox LIVE team. Bencke's role changed at the end of November, ZDNet's sources claim, preceding Windows Phone chief Andy Lees being apparently "benched" for over-promising and under-delivering; the shift could be a sign that Microsoft is looking to move Windows Phone - or its marketing, at least - into the Windows division.

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Nokia App Highlights curated store revealed

Nokia App Highlights curated store revealed

Nokia's own preloaded Windows Phone apps, Drive and Music, are just the start of the company's software push on the new Lumia range. In addition, there'll be a curated app environment not yet demonstrated at Nokia World; Keith Varty, Head of Ecosystem and Services at Nokia, told SlashGear that App Highlights will be a tile on the Windows Phone homescreen, featuring the company's picks of the best WP7 software for new and established users. Read on for more details.

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Microsoft launches new web-based Windows Phone Marketplace

Microsoft launches new web-based Windows Phone Marketplace

Microsoft rolled out its major Windows Phone 7.5 Mango update today and has also opened the doors to a new web-based Windows Phone Marketplace that's looking rather slick. Perhaps taking a page from Android, Microsoft is allowing users to browse this new web portal and download apps directly to their devices. They've also added a "My Phone" page that lets you easily manage your Xbox Live profile, Windows Live email, SkyDrive, and the Find My Phone feature.

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Windows Phone Marketplace Web Portal Preview

Windows Phone Marketplace Web Portal Preview

During the Mango update reveal yesterday, Microsoft announced that it will be offering a web portal version of its Windows Phone Marketplace. Users would be able to access the marketplace catalog from the web, make purchases, and then send them directly to their handsets. Today, some extra details on the new web version have emerged.

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Nokia-branded Windows Phone app store incoming

Nokia-branded Windows Phone app store incoming

With the ink just dry on the contract between Nokia and Microsoft, new details on the Windows Phone partnership have emerged that detail a little more of what the two companies have committed to. We'll have to wait until late-2011 to see the first Nokia Windows Phones, but in the meantime some of the company's Ovi Maps goodness will be jumping over to the Microsoft platform. Meanwhile, there's also money saving news for those developers looking to make the leap from Symbian to Windows Phone.

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Dell Venue Pro Receiving Windows Phone 7 Update “Copy and Paste” Starting Today

Dell Venue Pro Receiving Windows Phone 7 Update “Copy and Paste” Starting Today

In addition to a Windows Phone 7 update, users of the Dell Venue Pro will be being sent a separate update for the handset that will provide additional enhancements and fixes. There's no ETA on this update, but the WP7 update is indeed rolling out to users today, March 31, 2011. This update is known as "Copy and Paste" and will continue to be released in a phased fashion over the next few weeks.

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Microsoft boosts free Windows Phone app submission allowance to 100

Microsoft boosts free Windows Phone app submission allowance to 100

Microsoft continues to lavish developers with freebies in the hope of boosting Windows Phone development, with the latest tidbit a dramatic increase in the number of free app submissions they can make to the Windows Phone Marketplace. As first revealed by ChevronWP7 developer Rafael Rivera, and later confirmed in the Windows Phone Marketplace Developer Newsletter, Microsoft has boosted free submissions from five to 100.

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Microsoft May Allow More Open-Source Apps In Windows Phone Marketplace Later On

Microsoft May Allow More Open-Source Apps In Windows Phone Marketplace Later On

A Microsoft spokesperson just confirmed that the company is considering allowing more open-source licensed apps in the Windows Phone Marketplace. The response was in light of inquiries about their most recent Application Provider Agreement which bans a majority of open-source apps licensed under the GNU GPLv 3, GNU Affero General Public License version 3, the GNU Lesser General Public License version 3, and "any equivalents to the foregoing."

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