Windows Mobile 7 details emerge?

By on February 7, 2010 at 9:01 AM.

Windows Mobile 7 details emerge?

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The folks at PPCGeeks and MobileTechWorld got their hands on what they claim are some of the initial details on Windows Mobile 7. Without citing any sources other than their inbox, both websites claim that Windows Mobile 7 will be introduced at MWC 2010 on February 15th in Barcelona. The official unveiling will reportedly focus primarily on the UI and in depth features will not be  shown. Some of the leaked information include the following snippets :

  • WM7 will have a user interface derived from codename “METRO” and will be similar to the Zune HD
  • The traditional Home Screen will get a whole new look and will not support custom interfaces like Sense and TouchFLO
  • No Flash support as time constraints prevented its inclusion
  • Will include Silverlight 3.0 with some aspects of SL 4.0 and mobile-specific features
  • Applications will be installed through the Windows Mobile Marketplace only, manual installation from a storage card will not be allowed
  • Say no to multitasking and yes to push notifications which may be provided by a Microsoft hosted push notifications environment
  • Windows Mobile Marketplace will include a “Try before you Buy” feature and offer API support
  • No .NET Compact Framework backwards compatibility so all those old apps will not work, but a portion of the data and business logic .NET CF may be ported at some point
  • Browser is based upon desktop IE7 codebase, but with some IE8 functionality and is currently faster / better than the iPhone 3G
  • MS is actually ahead of schedule which will surprise the analysts / journalists (seriously?)
  • Full Zune and Xbox 360 Integration (Gamer tag, achievements, friends, avatars, merchandising, etc)
  • No more active sync or Windows Mobile Device center. Zune software will handle all syncing
  • Full support for social networking
  • Devices are expected to ship by September 2010

All these details are consistent with what we have been hearing about the rumored Zune phone, though it is not clear whether the Zune Phone represents the next generation of Windows Mobile or is a completely separate entity. If this above information is indeed accurate (and that is a big “if”) and the aforementioned phone is indeed Windows Mobile 7, then there are lot of changes in store for those who are tied to the Windows Mobile platform.

[Via wmpoweruser] More →

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Zune Phone to make its official debut at MWC 2010?

By on February 1, 2010 at 2:29 PM.

Zune Phone to make its official debut at MWC 2010?

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More Zune Phone rumors are again hitting the scene, this time the rumor of the day is originating from the Spanish blog muycomputer. They claim that Microsoft will be unveiling the long-rumored Zune Phone at Mobile World Congress 2010. According to their inside source, the Zune Phone will be introduced by Microsoft with NVIDIA by its side and will even feature an NVIDIA Tegra processor, leading muycomputer to surmise that the handset will indeed be a Zune HD with phone and PDA functionality probably provided  courtesy of Windows Mobile 7. The discovery of phone references within the Zune’s inf file is certainly suggestive of the existence of such a Zune Phone but we will have to wait a few more weeks to find out if this rumor is worth its salt.

[Via Gizmodo] More →

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Microsoft confirms once and for all; no Zune phone at CES

By on December 12, 2008 at 4:16 PM.

Microsoft confirms once and for all; no Zune phone at CES

Just when we thought CES might be getting interesting… Over the past week or so, blogs have been going back and forth like a government decision on free broadband in terms of whether or not Microsoft would be debuting a Zune phone at CES next month. Some said maybe, some said no way and some went as far as to cite inside sources when claiming that Microsoft would definitely be introducing the world to the fruits of its Danger acquisition. As it turns out, no such luck. Brian Seitz, Group Manager of Zune for Microsoft, has made the official statement that Microsoft will not be bringing a Zune Phone to CES. It’s entirely possible that Microsoft may have something special in store for CES and it may indeed have something to do with the much-rumored “Project Pink”, but it will not be a new mobile handset dubbed Zune.

[Via Gadget Lab]

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Windows Zune Phone still in the works?

By on July 24, 2008 at 3:53 PM.

Windows Zune Phone still in the works?

The Zune Phone has been rumored for about as long as we can remember, but Microsoft has been doing their best to squash any and all rumors related to it’s possible existence and/or development. Just today, however, the company’s CEO Steve “I Heart Beer” Ballmer made a subtle reference to a possible change of course that could result in some form of Microsoft branded handset. In an all-points bulletin sent out to Microsoft employees, the CEO said:

“We’re changing the way we work with hardware vendors to ensure that we can provide complete experiences with absolutely no compromises. We’ll do the same with phones—providing choice as we work to create great end-to-end experiences.”

Hmm. Nothing explicit about a Zune phone in here, but it’s certainly a marked shift from the company’s current software-only attitude towards handset development.

[Via Gizmodo]

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