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Cliczune Archives: December 2010

Major Windows Phone 7 update 'Mango' may deliver HTML 5 support and more

Mango We have heard that Windows Phone 7 is to get some small, iterative updates in the beginning of 2011 including copy and paste support as well as better, more streamlined developer tools. According to Mary Jo Foley over at ZDNet, someone who happens to be a very trusted Microsoft source, says that a larger update codenamed 'Mango' will bring a whole slew of tweaks and features, possibly including HTML 5 support.

Foley isn't dismissing the small updates in the earlier part of 2011, she is saying that a larger, Mango update may happen halfway through the year. This update may even be a different software version, Windows Phone 7.5, as it will bring a bunch of functionality including the Silverlight runtime, Far Eastern language support and possibly more Exchange Active Sync features. 

Foley also has a feeling that the first and second "smaller" updates may be combined together for one update in January/February. There has been no confirmation from Microsoft on the validity of this update, as MS is probably working hard to have a nice launch for Verizon and Sprint for their CES presentation. It looks like we will have to wait for anything really groundbreaking or exciting when it comes to Windows Phone 7 until early to mid next year.

Via [ZDNet]

Upcoming Windows Phone 7 update to open up the OS to developers even more

Windows-phone-7-logo We have to admit, there haven't been too many early signs of success when it comes to Windows Phone 7. With the lackluster US launch on November 8th to the debacle of developer's apps being unprotected, Microsoft has set themselves up for an even larger up hill battle than they already had coming into the "superphone" market this late in the game.

According to the Register and other outlets, a second WP7 update may be hitting consumers in February after the initial addition to copy and paste functionality. This update will bring better controls for applications to developers as well as giving them greater support for "multitasking" in their applications. This would then make the WP7 OS on par with Android and iOS, allowing Microsoft to concentrate more on building their app store and making finer adjustments to the OS.

Microsoft really needs to get WP7 in tip-top shape in a hurry as there have been reports that if Windows Phone 7 doesn't perform, Microsoft will "pull the plug" on the fledgling OS. It seems drastic, especially as Microsoft could keep a product that is potentially losing money to stay current at least make some sort of mobile offering.

We haven't heard any sales figures for Windows Phone 7 so far and this may be an indication of poor sales and consumer adoption. It really kind of sucks. WP7 is a really good OS, but instead of being fashionably late to the party, they showed up after everyone was drunk and passed out. Hopefully they can wake everyone up and join them for a second round.

Via [The Register]

Copy and Paste functionality makes its way to WP7 developers

Microsoft may be releasing the anticipated copy and paste feature to Windows Phone 7 devices very soon as some WP7 developers are reporting that the functionality is included with an updated version of the WP7 SDK. This could mean that the addition of copy and paste could be very close at hand. 

We knew that Microsoft would be announcing and then releasing an update to their Windows Phone 7 platform sometime late this year or early next year. It appears that copy and paste, a feature that should have been included with the initial build, has made its way to developer phones which possibly means that the anticipated WP7 update is soon upon us.

According to several sources, WP7 copy and past works as it does on the iPhone, which in my opinion is the way to go. It provides system wide copy and paste (Android, please learn for this) and is said to be relatively easy to use. 

As of now, the developers are reporting that the update may only affect the Samsung Focus at this point, but since of Microsoft's tightness on keeping WP7 pure for all devices, expect to see the feature set rolled out to other developer devices soon.

Via [UberGizmo]

Microsoft orders to have first Windows Phone 7 jailbrook tool pulled

This isn't too surprising, now is it? Last week we got to see the a new tool released for "jailbreaking" Windows Phone 7 devices as well as allowing the devices to have apps side-loaded. Today Microsoft contacted the developer of the ChevronWP7 tool and asked them to take the tool down.

The creators Rafael Rivera, Long Zheng and Chris Walsh were contacted by Microsoft and since then they have decided to take down the tool "effective immediately". Microsoft has said recently that tools of this nature allow for the WP7 operating system to become unstable and that all sorts of unwanted things could happen. But, as ZDNet points out and most of us can conclude, Microsoft can't have their new baby OS have the ability to pirate applications, especially this early in its lifecycle.

One of the big things about Windows Mobile was that it was a "hackers" platform because of it's ease of unlocking. Because of that many users pirated and shared applications. Windows Phone 7 is built with the model of the iPhone and the Android Market allowing users to pay for and download apps. These apps are protected, and if most users could find an easy, free way to get these apps, they will do it.

Personally, I have learned over the years that supporting developers is something that gives me satisfaction; I don't mind purchasing apps from small developers, especially when they are only a couple of bucks. But many people go to some pretty extreme lengths to wave the $0.99 fee of an app they really want and choose to pirate instead. If WP7 can be easily jailbroken, it's only a matter of time before users opt to go with pirating apps than buying them legitimately.

By the way, if you think that this is the last jailbreak tool for the WP7 platform that we will see, think again. There is a market out there for these types of things, and knowing that, they market will eventually be filled. Also, this application was a freely distributable .EXE. Microsoft can't stop it from being up for download everywhere on the net.