No Windows Mobile 7 at PDC09, Q4 2010 delay confirmed?

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Here’s some bad news for those hoping to catch a glimpse of Windows Mobile 7 during this years Professional Developers Conference (PDC) in mid-November. Mary Joe Foley contacted Microsoft about it and finally got the following answer:

“As I’m sure you know, Microsoft and its partners are squarely focused on introducing the Windows phone brand through the launch of Windows Mobile 6.5 in October [October 6], which includes working closely with ISVs and developers to add even greater value to the Windows Mobile platform and new business opportunities for its mobile channel ecosystem. To properly set your expectations, wanted to let you know that Microsoft is not planning any sessions for PDC that look past the Windows Mobile OS in market at that time.”

When she asked again if they are going to talk about the rumored Windows Mobile 6.5 updated (for capacitive touch screens) version (that is leaking left and right lately):

The answer came back again as no. The spokesperson reiterated that Microsoft would not be doing anything related to Windows Mobile 7 at the PDC.

To me this kinda confirms what Digitimes reported not long ago, saying that WM7 was now only going to be launched in Q4 2010. I’m still expecting some sort of announcement either during Steve Ballmer’s CES Keynote in January 2010 or at MWC in February.

Source: All About Microsoft

Another Windows Mobile 6.5 build (23047) leaks


Another Windows Mobile 6.5 build 23047 has leaked and shows once again that Microsoft doesn’t want to let WM 6.X die the death it deserves after all these years…Some new tweaks where added though:

- Large finger friendly checkboxes and radio buttons.
- Visual update to the messaging app to make it more finger friendly.
- Visual update to the rotatable list or tabs to make it look more brighter and polished.
- More blue has been added to the bottom bar when navigating through sub-menus. It remains transparent on the home screen.
- More precise and smoother scrolling.
- Numerous other bug fixes.

Info about the previous build here

Source: XDA via RedmondPie

Zune HD is US only for now

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Well it looks like what was said in France was indeed true. According to Microsoft who was contacted by Arstechnica:

“For the time being the Zune HD device will remain US only,” a Microsoft spokesperson told Ars. “Right now we are focused on deploying an exciting service in the form of Zune Video to 18 markets. We are looking at potential future hardware experiences for these markets, but do not have anything to announce right now.”

Microsoft, you are the one losing here.I understand that getting the Zune Marketplace running outside of the US is probably hard (Movies,TV Shows a,Music licensing is pain in some countries), but you guys must hurry up a bit.

BTW Ars:

Recent whispers across the blogosphere that Microsoft currently has no plans to launch the Zune HD in France prompted us to prod Redmond impatiently for more information.

Well maybe you could link to those whispers (PCWorld)? I actually found the french PCWorld story which was 3 days old and posted it, it was then linked by Engadget. I bet that this is when you heard all those whispers…meh

Source: Ars

Hide your iPhone if you meet Steve Ballmer

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A little incident happen yesterday during Microsoft’s annual Private Company Meeting at Seattle’s Safeco Field. A Microsoft employee tried to take a picture (with his iPhone) of Steve with while he came on stage when…..:

Twitter:

Ballmer just grabbed someone’s iPhone at the company meeting. Everyone boo’d and then Ballmer gently placed it on the cement and ran away

The scene was visible on the big screen, so even people in the upper deck could see what was happening. Later, during his presentation on stage, Ballmer referred to the episode again, teasing the person and making it clear that he hadn’t forgotten what happened.

Don’t want to see your employees using iPhones? Stop messing around and finsish Windows Mobile 7.

Update: Engadget managed to get the photo taken with iPhone:
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Source: Twitter via TechFlash

Motorola CLIQ Android phone announced. Same old hardware with a new skin

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Today Motorola held their Android event in San Fransisco to announce their first Android based devices the CLIQ which sports their homemade skin/UI called Motorola Blur.

The Motorola CLIQ

First of let’s start with the hardware. Hands-on reports say that it feels real good in the hand and look quite a bit better in real life compared to the photos. Well that’s good cause the specs are what bothers me the most (I’ll talk about the software later). It’s the same old stuff with be getting from several ODM/OEMs (mainly HTC) for the past several years. You are getting the same old Qualcomm MSM 7200A chipset that powers 100% of all the Android phones and nearly 90% of the Windows Mobile phones. The same HQVGA resolution, a 3.1″ capacitive touch screen, the same amount of RAM as on the HTC Hero, a slide-out qwerty keyboard, 3.5mm jack and 5mpx camera. So nothing new on the hardware side unfortunately. You can get all the info on Moto’s CLIQ page here

Motorola BLUR
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Now let’s talk about the software. Thankfully were are getting something interesting called Motorola BLUR. But is it something really new? Well, not exactly. It’s basically what you already get with HTC’s Sense UI on their latest android phones (and People Centric Communication on the WinMo devices) and Palm’s WebOS Synergy. The implementation looks really good though. Maybe even more functional than HTC’s or Palm’s. You can check it out here

Once again the ball is now in Microsoft’s camp, as all these social/contacts/synergy features where (and are still AFAIK) natively part of Windows Mobile 7. And if you remember (a couple of them used to work for Moto on WM7) , Motorola was one of the biggest MS partner and working really closely on WM7, but because of the constant delays they decided to focus on Android.

Android is getting bigger and that’s good for the us and for the competition. The Motorola CLIQ should be available on T-Mobile in time before the holidays for free on contract according to this :

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Source: Motorola & Engadget