Fox decides to implement an 8-day window and subscription authentication on its content across the Web ... which we know consumers love. No really, we love that. Meanwhile, patent wars continue to ruin smartphone innovation -- hopefully not so much that it prevents us from getting the transparent gadgets that some genius Stanford researchers. Also, Mango is coming!Subscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360)… Read more
Fox delays streaming TV shows on the Web, Mad Men hits Netflix streaming, and Microsoft releases the first major update to Windows Phone codenamed Mango.
Links from Wednesday's episode of Loaded:Microsoft releases Windows Phone Mango Facebook for Businesses Fox limits web access to shows Mad Men comes to Netflix Google updating Chrome for Lion multitouch Xoom owners get 4G in Sept. Subscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (HD) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS HD
Microsoft announced this morning that the next version of the Windows Phone operating system, code-named Mango, has been delivered to manufacturers, which can begin testing it on their handsets.
The move is one of the final steps before the software arrives on new phones and is delivered to existing users as a software update.
"This marks the point in the development process where we hand code to our handset and mobile-operator partners to optimize Mango for their specific phone and network configurations," Terry Myerson, Microsoft's corporate vice president of engineering for Windows phone, wrote on a company … Read more
The previews for the next version of Windows Phone 7 are out, and overall, the response from the press has been largely favorable, including CNET's. The Mango update brings more than 500 new features to Microsoft's mobile operating system and continues to build on a solid platform, with smarter integration of apps, more-robust features, and a faster browser. It also addresses a number of issues we had with the software when it first launched in November, so Microsoft definitely deserves kudos.
However, as much as there is to love about Windows Phone 7.5, more needs to be done. As our colleagues Jay Greene and Maggie Reardon at CNET News point out, Windows Phone still has much to prove in a market where Android and the iPhone dominate. Below, we talk about five of the biggest hurdles for Windows Phone and how improving in these areas could help the OS succeed. … Read more
The Ask Maggie column is a year old this week. And the No. 1 question I consistently get is about the next iPhone. So it was only fitting that for the first anniversary of this column, I highlight yet another "When is the next iPhone coming?" question.
In this week's Ask Maggie, I help one reader decide if he should wait for the next-generation iPhone or buy the iPhone 4 before Verizon Wireless gets rid of its unlimited data plan. I also explain to another reader when I think more Windows Phone smartphones will hit the market. … Read more
Aww, thanks for saying I'm awesome last week, you guys! Speaking of awesome, we take a look at the Nokia N9, which despite its cool exterior is sadly saddled with MeeGo, an operating system with no future. We also go in-depth into Windows Phone Mango, talk rumors of a new Nexus and a new iPhone, and learn Bonnie's take on the HTC Evo 3D.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video)
Editor's note: This article evaluates pre-release software for the Windows Phone Mango update.
It was eight months ago that Microsoft launched its revamped mobile operating system, Windows Phone 7. Overall, the platform was well-received both by users and the tech press, as they lauded the fresh, bold, and easy-to-use interface; thoughtful integration of features; and improved performance. However, it also had its fair share of shortcomings and pitfalls.
This fall, Microsoft will release its first major update for Windows Phone, bringing more than 500 new features to the OS. Known up till now as Mango, the update will formally … Read more
Apparently happy with its test drive effort to promote the combination of advanced Web programming and its new IE9 browser for Windows PCs, Microsoft is trying the same formula with its mobile browser.
The company unveiled its Mobile Test Drive site yesterday as a showcase for what can be done with mobile browsers.
"It's organized essentially the same way as the original, except laid out to be easily read and used on the mobile form factor," said Joe Marini, principal program manager for Internet Explorer on Windows Phone, in a blog post. "We've ported over … Read more
In an effort to get more developers on board, Microsoft has unveiled a tool designed to help Android developers port their apps over to Windows Phone.
In a blog post yesterday, Microsoft cautioned that there's no "magic wand" for Android developers that can automatically port their apps to Windows Phone. But the company is hoping that a new API tool, white paper, and other technical resources can take some of the pain out of the process.
LONDON--Stephen Elop, Nokia's new chief executive, today shot down rumors that business partners Microsoft or Samsung are in talks to acquire the company.
"All those rumors are baseless," he told attendees of the Open Mobile Summit here. The company isn't for sale, he indicated.
Speculation has been rife about Nokia's fate since it first ditched its own operating systems in favor of Microsoft's Windows Phone 7, then last week ditched its own financial forecasts for the year. After the Finnish company reported its mobile phone revenue had plunged, its stock price followed suit, making … Read more