UI Design and Interaction Guide for Windows Phone 7 v2.0 released

Microsoft has updated the UI Design and Interaction Guide for Windows Phone 7 to beta status. I must say that I’m happy to see that this isn’t a minor update, Lot’s of things have been added and I highly suggest you to download it if you are currently developing for Windows Phone 7. One interesting info is that unlike the current emulator and some of the builds I’ve seen on real devices, the browser will indeed have a application bar when running in landscape mode (hey that’s nothing groundbreaking…but it’s good to know that the emulator isn’t 100% how things will look like this fall). Download the pdf document here.

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Microsoft urges its employees to develop Windows Phone 7 applications in their spare time

Google, Apple, Rim and all other mobile OS companies should start to pay attention to what’s going on in Redmond. Microsoft hates to loose and has proven in the past that it will to anything to conquer a certain market segment. Following yesterday’s announcement that every employee will get a free Windows Phone 7 handset here’s the full internal email that Andy Lees wrote. You will see that Microsoft isn’t only giving away freebies for fun; the company is also urging its employees to actually develop WP7 application and evangelize the product whenever they can. Read the full document after the break:

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Google is done with the Nexus One

Forgot to posted about this yesterday but it’s starting to look like the Nexus One is on the verge of becoming a collectors item. Last week Google announced that it had received its last batch of Nexus One handsets and that once they are sold the company will close its online web-store (it is now the case as of yesterday). Interestingly carriers allover the world are also out of stock and there’s no guarantee that it will ever change. The HTC Desire will supposedly replace it in their catalogs. Was Google’s strategy a failure (selling a google branded phone)? In my opinion the Motorola Droid did more for Android’s success than the Nexus One…

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Microsoft: Be What’s Next

According to leaks from the MGX event in Atlanta Microsoft’s tag-line has now changed from “Your Potential. Our Passion” to “Be What’s Next”. A short video introducing the new tag-line was leaked to YoutTube a few hours ago (but has since been deleted). check it out after the break:

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AT&T rumored to have ordered 8 Million Windows Phone 7 handsets

File this under the rumor tab; According to one of Michael Gartenberg sources AT&T has apprently signed up for 8 Million Windows Phone 7 handsets.This is a huge number if true and suggest that Microsoft is really aiming high with WP7 in 2011. Still 22 million to go and Microsoft will hit the infamous 30 Million milestone

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HTC Wildfire review coming soon

I’ve just received an HTC Wildfire review unit today so if you have any question that you would like to see answered don’t hesitate to post a comment below, send me a mail or ask it on Twitter @MobileTechWorld. I’ll post my first impressions as soon as possible and record some videos before the end of the week.

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Every Microsoft employee will get a free Windows Phone 7 handset

Still doubting if Microsoft is really serious about mobile and Windows Phone 7? Well, doubt no more. Microsoft has just announced to its employee during their MGX convention in Atlanta that every one of them (90K) will receive a free Windows Phone 7 device at launch. The company seems to be really proud of the new platform. Check out Andy Lees internal email after the break:

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