The software contains three new hardware identifiers, which are used to load the appropriate driver when a particular device is plugged in to a USB port on a Windows PC. Those identifiers all contain the cryptic string "Phone.Device." The identifiers for the original Zune devices are different, saying "Zune.Device."
Ahead of next month's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the rumor mill is swirling once again about Microsoft's Windows Mobile 7 operating system and a possible Zune phone based on it.
We've been here many times before. I first wrote about a Windows Mobile phone with Zune functionality back in February 2008, and thought the company might unveil it at CES 2009. It's more than a year later, and there's still no official word from the company on Windows Mobile 7. Meanwhile, Windows Mobile has lost market share, Android is coming on strong, and Apple and RIM aren't exactly laying back. What can Microsoft possibly do to regain ground?
The latest rumors center around a couple of stories that posted Monday on WMExperts and MobileCrunch. Financial analysts are also getting into the act with their own guesses.
The WMExperts story says there will be two Windows Mobile 7 OSes, one for businesses and one for consumers.
According to the story, the business version will continue along the same lines as the current Windows Mobile OS: it will be available for a wide range of hardware, and operators and handset makers will be allowed to customize it with their own user interfaces. The consumer one, or Media Edition, will be based on the Zune HD user interface, will include gaming and multimedia functions, and will be tightly locked to particular hardware specs.
The MobileCrunch story doesn't mention two editions, but claims that Windows Mobile 7 won't be backward-compatible with prior versions, and that developers will have to rewrite their apps.
I think both stories contain a germ of truth. So back to the question: what are we going to see from Microsoft at Mobile World Congress? Here are my predictions. (I haven't been briefed, so I'm free to speculate.) … Read more
After nearly a whole month without a new episode, the Gadgettes are back and badder than ever! We devote today's episode to examining the category dubbed "mommy tech" from this year's CES. By the end of today's episode, the entire mommy tech category is practically crying to it's own mommy.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video)… Read more
In honor of our special guest, Micky Hoogendijk, we cover gadgets with an international flare. You might think that a show as classy as this one might not include any questionable content. You would be wrong.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video) EPISODE 158
We get a sneak peek at Microsoft's Project Pink, with leaked photos of a phone that isn't pink at all. We then dish about the Motorola Cliq, the finally released Garmin Nuvifone, MMS coming to the iPhone, and more.Subscribe now: iTunes (audio) | iTunes (video) | RSS (audio) | RSS (video)
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Microsoft shows "Pink" (sort of), MMS disaster, er, feature about to launch on iPhone, Wii gets price cut, Archos new Win7 tablet looks great (too bad nobody will notice), and MIT has a synthetic eyeball on the way that amazes us. Oh yeah...and about that cuddle party...Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video) EPISODE 1070
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Microsoft dreams of conquering the phone business, but it knows that 'pink' is just one hue in a very broad palette.
The leaked photos that emerged on Gizmodo on Wednesday, while genuine, paint just one part of the picture of how Microsoft hopes to get back into the phone game.
According to sources familiar with the company's plans, the designs shown on Gizmodo are are more the evolution of the Sidekick than they are an effort to take on the mass market or even Apple's iPhone. The devices themselves won't be built by Microsoft itself and are … Read more
"Project Pink" is Microsoft's new phone for regular people. Rumors about the software go back months, but the hardware, and who's making it for Microsoft, has been a mystery. Here are the first pictures of Pink phones, Turtle and Pure.
These phones are going to be made by Sharp, which will get to share branding with Microsoft. Sharp produced the Sidekick hardware for Danger, which was bought by Microsoft two years ago. (Which is honestly the only reason we can think of why Microsoft stuck with Sharp for the new phones, versus someone like HTC.) Pink … Read more
We're getting close to October, which is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. You'll soon be seeing pink ribbons--the symbol of support for breast cancer awareness and research--just about everywhere, and you can create a few of your own with the Pink Ribbon Cookie Kit. Rather than offering ribbons for supporters to wear, though, you'll be able to make cookies for them to eat. The kit includes everything you need to make dozens of pink ribbon cookies: not only does it offer a cookie cutter, but it also has sugar cookie mix, icing, pink food coloring, and pink … Read more