IM+ for Windows Phone 7 is now available for $9.99

Now that’s a price I wasn’t expecting! IM+ for Windows Phone 7 has be certified and is now available for purchase on the Marketplace. Unfortunately, besides the relatively high price, there’s no trial mode so you either take the plunge or forget about it. Anyway, if you have a developer unlocked device you can still use the Promo version that you can see in my video here. The retail version can be downloaded here.

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New Multi-Tasking features and better location services coming to future versions of Windows Phone

Two more Microsoft Job ads caught my attention today after I saw the one related to Windows / Windows Phone 8. The first one is for a Windows Phone Program Manager who will be responsible for the application multitasking and background processing feature (surprised that their isn’t already PM handling this) and for bringing new multitasking features to the OS:

We are looking for an experienced, driven, and innovative Program Manager that understands the needs of the application developer and has the creative thinking necessary to bring new experiences and capabilities to Windows Phone. As part of the Windows Phone team, you will be the overall owner for application multitasking and background processing feature areas and will be responsible for bringing new multitasking features to the Windows Phone. As a senior PM on the team you will be responsible for creating project plans, owning the overall feature area strategy, and demoing and presenting plans to senior management. Additionally, you will work closely with customers, partners, and ISVs to present current designs, develop applications to demo and drive concepts. and analyze and prioritize feedback.

Qualifications Include
•Bachelor’s degree or higher in Computer science or engineering
•At least 5 years experience designing and shipping commercial software
•5 years experience with managed code development and debugging (e.g. C#, Java)
•Experience with API design and development
•Experience with Silverlight, XNA, and/or Windows Phone, Android, or iPhone development is a huge plus

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Windows Phone 8 to be based on Windows 8 ?

Ever since Microsoft announced that Windows 8 will be ported to the ARM architecture many people (me included) have been wondering if this meant that the upcoming Windows Phone 8 codenamed Apollo was going to be based on the same kernel. I personally find it unlikely that WP8 which is said to be released in fall 2012 (alongside Windows 8 ) will already be using this new Kernel instead of an updated version of the current CE6.X version powering Windows Phone 7. But Microsoft has been making some surprising moves lately so anything is now possible and I just came across a new Job ad for a Software Development Engineer on the Windows Mobile Entertainment Group which contains something rather interesting.

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Microsoft updates Windows Phone 7 Mango Bluetooth Stack

Microsoft has apparently update the Windows Phone 7 Bluetooth Stack in the upcoming Mango version of the OS according to a recent update on the Bluetooth SIG website. Not much has changed in terms of features but new updated versions of several protocols are now supported. Unfortunately many of the functionalilties found on Windows Mobile 6.X, Android and even iOS are still not present yet.
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