Windows Phone 7 Mango media and speed improvements overview: 32bit color support, better controls

Now that MIX11 is finished I took the time to watch most of the Windows Phone 7 related sessions looking for some interesting info that may have been missed earlier. The first thing to note is that Mango will be a big step forward in terms of developer tools and APIs (thanks to Silverlight 4) and third party applications performance thanks to the new and improved controls. Microsoft has apparently listened to the users and developer complaints and tried its best to fix all the major issue found in the OS’s current release (most of them listed in my Windows Phone 7 review here).

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First Windows Phone 7 certified Micro-SD card shows up at AT&T

The ongoing Windows Phone 7 micro-sd saga is just got a little bit more interesting today with what looks like the first ever Windows Phone 7 certified Micro-SD card courtesy of SanDisk and AT&T. As you are probably already aware of; WP7 doesn’t really “officially” support memory extension with micro-sd. Unfortunately for Microsoft, Samsung had the bright idea to include a user accessible micro-sd expansion slot on the Focus so users can add more storage to the handset. Because of the way WP7 handles its memory partitioning the card has to apparently be certified by MS just to make sure that it won’t screw up your data after a while. So there you have it, this SanDisk 8GB Class 4 microSDHC is the first out of the gate. It will set you back 32$.

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Free HTC application allows connection to hidden Wifi networks on its Windows Phone 7 devices

One of the most talked about issue with Windows Phone 7 is its inability to connect to hidden Wifi networks and this has yet to be addressed by Microsoft. Thankfully HTC users should be happy to learn that the company has released a free application called Hidden Wi-Fi that allows the device to connect to 3 different hidden networks manually pre-selected by the user. After manually adding those 3 hidden access point you will be able to connect to them like any other WiFi network. Grab the application here (only for HTC Windows Phone 7 devices).

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