What is Windows Mobile 6.5 Widget ?

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The Windows Mobile team just posted the first of a blog series describing in detail all major aspects of the widget framework available in Windows Mobile 6.5.

The widget manifest is an XML file that describes the corresponding widget in detail so that Windows Mobile can actually do something with it. This is the first file we look at when the widget is being installed or executed so, even though it is simple, it is extremely important.

Hit the link here to if you are interested in widget development

T-Mobile Touch Pro2 available for $349!

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You heard it right. The Touch Pro2 available on T-Mobile is going to cost you $349 iwnth a 2 years contract. Ouch! god knows why T-mobile is pricing it this high. Hit the links below to read the reviews posted today:

Gizmodo

If you really want this handset, you’ve probably known so since it was announced, and you shouldn’t be deterred by anything except this ridiculous price. The handset is fine. But just know this: for $349, you can have virtually anything else on the market today. Putting the Pro2 at this price point means that every prospective buyer will have to compare it to the Pres, the iPhones, the MyTouch 3Gs, the Heroes (soon), and the BlackBerry Bolds of the world, all of which will cost less, and for most people, offer more, and ask themselves: This? Really?

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Zune HD hands-on video…again

This time coming from PCMag who got a chance to play with the player. See the UI and IE Mobile in action:

The browser, rumored to be similar to what will appear in Windows Mobile 7, is a version of Internet Explorer Mobile modified specifically for the Zune HD. Microsoft would not confirm nor deny whether we were actually viewing what will be Windows Mobile 7 for the first time.

Microsoft and Nokia Form Global Alliance to Design, Develop and Market Mobile Productivity Solutions

The announcement just took place a few minutes ago. Microsoft is gearing up to be a big player in the mobile market a aiming directly at RIM with this alliance with Nokia. Office mobile sharepoint access and office communicator are going to be porte to Nokia phones. Here are some quotes from the annoucement:

Under the terms of the agreement, the two companies will begin collaborating immediately on the design, development and marketing of productivity solutions for the mobile professional, bringing Microsoft Office Mobile and Microsoft business communications, collaboration and device management software to Nokia’s Symbian devices. These solutions will be available for a broad range of Nokia smartphones starting with the company’s business-optimized range, Nokia Eseries. The two companies will also market these solutions to businesses, carriers and individuals.

This announcement builds on the existing work Nokia is doing by optimizing access to e-mail and other personal information with Exchange ActiveSync. Next year, Nokia intends to start shipping Microsoft Office Communicator Mobile on its smartphones, followed by other Office applications and related software and services in the future. These will include:

• The ability to view, edit, create and share Office documents on more devices in more places with mobile-optimized versions of Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft OneNote

• Enterprise instant messaging and presence, and optimized conferencing and collaboration experience with Microsoft Office Communicator Mobile

• Mobile access to intranet and extranet portals built on Microsoft SharePoint Server

• Enterprise device management with Microsoft System Center

Read the full Press release here

One more iPhone explodes!

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After cut-copy-past the iPhone seems to have a new cool feature that Apple should IMO run TV ads about, “explode in your face”. This time it happened last Friday in France. the young teen was using his girlfriend’s iPhone 3G when it suddenly started to get hot and the glass shattered. The boy claims to have received a piece of glass in the eye. Apple who was contacted by the newspaper claims that they never heard of any iPhone taking fire or exploding before. Yeah sure.

Source: La Provence

Microsoft signs Distribution Agreement with Nokia Oyj

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Reuters just posted the following (a few hours ahead of the Microsoft/Nokia téleconference) :

Microsoft Corp. announced that it has signed a contract with Nokia Oyj to develop a mobile version of its Office software that works with Nokia mobile phones. Microsoft Office can now be used on mobile phones using Microsoft operating system Windows Mobile. Financial details of the contract were not disclosed.

Source: Reuters

Zune HD to be available on September 15th

Contrary to what we thought, the Zune HD is going to be in stores on September 15th. September 8 is actualy the launch/announcement date, not availability date. Hopefully Microsoft will soon announce the international shipping dates too. Buy.com has a countdown site here.

Source: Gizmodo

HTC Leo render, real or fake?

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HTCPedia just posted what is supposed to be a render of the HTC Leo. Personally I’m having my doubts. For more info about the mysterious Leo click here. What do you guys think?

Source: HTCPedia

One more Zune HD hands-on video

Yup, Zune HD hands-on overflow today! this time it’s from Engadget show us the on-screen keyboard in action and th UI. Unfortunately they couldn’t get a WiFi connection so you won’t see the browser running.

Source: Engadget

Microsoft and Nokia to announce office mobile deal tomorrow

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Don’t get too excited (like some other blogs..). According to Cnet’s Ina Fried, Microsoft and Nokia are planning a joint press conference tomorrow at 8 am in New York to announce an Office Mobile deal (I’m betting on web-based Office). Redmond and Nokia have already struck a couple deals in the past like an ActiveSync/exchange support deal, then a deal to include Windows Live into Nokia’s phones and more recently one for Silverlight mobile support in future Nokia handsets. The announcement is to be made by Stephen Elop, head of Microsoft’s Business Division, which makes the Office suite of applications, and Kai Oistamo, executive vice president of Nokia Devices. Sorry guys, no Nokia Windows Phones.

Stay tuned…

Source: Cnet