Microsoft shutting down Windows Mobile market, My Phone service

By on June 10, 2011 at 1:24 PM.

Microsoft shutting down Windows Mobile market, My Phone service

While Microsoft was one of the last to launch an app store on Windows Mobile 6, the company will be the first to shut one down as well. Microsoft has alerted Windows Mobile 6 customers that the company plans to shut down the entire service, including the ability for new developers to submit new applications on July 15th. Though customers will still be able to purchase and redownload apps, we’re guessing that’s coming to a close pretty soon as well. Additionally, Microsoft’s My Phone service — the software and service that backs up data on your phone including multimedia — will be going offline as well on August 7th. The goods news is that there’s Windows Phone, and this is a logical step towards shifting consumers over to the new ecosystem.

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Microsoft: Windows Mobile 6 has no upgrade path to Windows Phone 7

By on March 1, 2010 at 10:23 AM.

Microsoft: Windows Mobile 6 has no upgrade path to Windows Phone 7

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Natasha Kwan, Microsoft’s General Manager for Mobile Communications Business in the Asia-Pacific market, has spoken, and Windows Mobile 6 owners are not going to like what they hear. When asked about the possiblity of a Windows Mobile 6 upgrade path, Kwan dropped this bomshell to tech blog APC: “Because we have very specific requirements for Windows Phone 7 Series the current phones we have right now will not be upgradable.” And that includes the HTC HD2.  While the HD2 meets the extensive list of hardware component requirements, it fails to fulfill one superficial prerequisite: it has more than 3 dedicated buttons. Perhaps this is one of the first, albeit painful, steps in a better Windows mobile platform experience for all. However, we now know this for certain: if you want to run Windows Phone 7, you’re going to need some new hardware. Though we’re sure the crew at XDA will change that if you’re a daring individual.  More →

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Windows Mobile 6 Update Ready to Go for Palm Treo 700wx

By on September 18, 2008 at 11:14 PM.

Windows Mobile 6 Update Ready to Go for Palm Treo 700wx

For all you Verizon folks out there with the Treo 700wx, you can update to Windows Mobile 6 with Updater 1.24 on Palm’s website. All the details are listed there in step-by-step directions, but be prepared for the usual 30-minute update process. It’ll be worth it; once it’s all over you’ll feel like you have a new device. Well, maybe…

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T-Mobile Shadow II to be T-Mobile’s first Windows Mobile UMA handset?

By on June 25, 2008 at 6:43 PM.

T-Mobile Shadow II to be T-Mobile’s first Windows Mobile UMA handset?

If this one turns out to be true, it looks like the Windows Mobile faithful might finally have access to T-Mobile’s UMA network. According to the DigiTimes, the T-Mobile Shadow II will sport Hotspot@Home compatibility, allowing users to make voice calls over their existing Wi-Fi network. Hotspot@Home has been available for quite some time, but has yet to make the jump to the Windows Mobile platform. Unfortunately, DigiTimes is also reporting that the device won’t launch until sometime during Q4 of this year, which is a bit later than we initially anticipated. Can we wait that long for the debut of this HTC-soured device? Probably not, but we’ll take our chances.

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Palm Treo 700wx to get Windows Mobile 6 upgrade?

By on June 21, 2008 at 4:46 PM.

Palm Treo 700wx to get Windows Mobile 6 upgrade?

This one strikes us as a bit fishy, especially considering the impending arrival of the Palm Treo 800w, but word on the street is that the aging Treo 700wx is set to receive a Windows Mobile 6 upgrade. Great news, but even more suspicious is that the upgrade specifically mentions WM 6.0, leaving out any trace of the current generation WM 6.1 version that is currently making the rounds. The rumor also conspicuously leaves out any mention of an update for Sprint users, referring only to a Verizon rollout. We suppose time will tell all, but until we actually see this thing hit the streets, we’re remaining skeptical. In the meantime, it looks like if you don’t to wait, you can unofficially get Windows Mobile 6.0 running on your Treo 700wx.

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