Microsoft Releasing Second Windows Phone 7 Update in February

Windows Phone 7 logo with WP7 device screenshot

Microsoft's new Windows Phone 7 operating system is a solid improvement over the company's past attempts to translate its overwhelming success in computer operating systems to smart phones. However, WP7 is not without its shortcomings. Most notably, the 'copy & paste' feature is absent in the first version. Microsoft will fix this glaring feature omission ...

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WP7 Smartphone ‘E600’ from ASUS Clears FCC

Front of the ASUS E600 after clearing FCC

Asus wants to get into the smart phone game and its coming ASUS E600—which runs Windows Phone 7—has just cleared the FCC. FCC certification is necessary for phones and pretty much all electronic devices to be sold in the US, which means that Asus’s first WP7 smartphone could end up on shelves pretty soon. Interestingly, ...

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ChevronWP7 Unlocking Hack for WP7 Pulled after Microsoft Contacts Developers

Screenshot of ChevronWP7 unlock

  Almost as quickly as it appeared, the only hacking option to switch smartphones running Microsoft’s new WP7 OS—ChevronWP7—into developer mode has disappeared. The reason? Because the technology allows pirated apps to run on the platform and Microsoft’s own Director of Developer Experience for WP7, Brandon Watson, contacted the three man team behind the WP7 develop ...

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Dell Makes the Venue Pro Official in the US, Starts Shipping December 9th

The new Dell Venue Pro has been made official for sale in the US and Dell is now selling them through its own website with a shipping date of December 9th. The Venue Pro runs Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 7 (WP7) operating system and shows Dell’s commitment to trying to break into the smartphone world. ...

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Windows Phone 7 Now Has Visual Basic, Does It Matter?

Microsoft is betting that its new Windows Phone 7 operating system for smartphones will help the company become a player again in a market that has mostly passed it by. Its newest tool to recruit interest in its WP7 smartphone operating system? Visual Basic. Yeah, this one of the first smartphone operating systems to officially ...

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Video: HTC’s HD7 Hit with ‘Antennagate’ of Its Own

  HTC’s new HD7 smartphone has been hit with an ‘Antennagate’ fiasco of its own and which is eerily similar to the problem that affects the iPhone 4. Multiple reports and video have come in that if the HD7—which launched exclusively on T-Mobile’s network in the US and runs Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 7 (WP7) operating ...

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Windows Phone 7 Open for Business: Homebrew, Hacking through ChevronWP7

Microsoft’s new WP7 OS for smartphones has received its first “developer mode unlock” which lets you install whatever you want on it. While this doesn’t address the PVK problems regarding WP7 and modified operating systems that can get you banned from Xbox Live, it does work and is reversible. Think of it like the WP7 ...

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Microsoft Locks WP7 with ‘Genuine Software Activation’

Microsoft has dashed the hopes of smartphone hackers across the world with Windows Phone 7—the new operating system has a security system that works much like the genuine software activation process on the desktop version of Windows 7. According to WPCentral, the private key system or PVK that Microsoft has installed in WP7 prevents devices ...

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No WP7 Devices on Verizon Until 2011, Tweet from Microsoft Was Wrong

Verizon Wireless will not be getting any smartphones running Windows Phone 7 until next year. Microsoft’s official Windows Phone Twitter account (@windowsphone) replied to a question with, “WP7 devices will be rolling into Verizon stores this holiday season and more will arrive in early 2011.” @windowsphone quickly deleted the post and sent another reply saying, ...

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Verizon on WP7 and Sony Ericsson Making Two WP7 Smartphones

In case you haven’t noticed, there are no smartphones powered by Windows Phone 7 on Verizon’s network yet. In fact, there are no CDMA WP7 smartphones at all yet. Verizon hasn’t seemed very concerned about the situation though. After all, the company is widely expected to finally get Apple’s iPhone early next year. Verizon’s CEO even ...

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Samsung Planning to Focus on WP7

Talk about a surprise twist in the world of smartphones—Samsung’s head of mobile marketing in Thailand—hinted during an interview with AsiaOne that Samsung might decide to support Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 7 (WP7) smartphone operating system more than Google’s Android OS. He went on to say that Samsung will ship around 15 to 20 new ...

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More WP7 Drama with microSD Cards

The microSD card debacle concerning Windows Phone 7 devices keeps getting weirder and weirder. I’ve previously reported that most WP7 devices have hidden, internal microSD card slots that actually function as their internal storage. The cards are removable and swappable for a higher capacity one, but WP7 rewrites them so that they can only be ...

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Will Windows Phone 7 Be a Success or a Massive Failure?

Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 7 operating system that it just launched has some pretty big flaws. Whether or not those flaws are enough to keep people from buying smartphones running WP7 is yet to be seen but initial reports show that at least in the US, WP7 sales are low. What exactly is wrong with ...

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Dell Addresses Wi-Fi Problems and More with the Venue Pro

Dell’s new Venue Pro smartphone that is powered by Windows Phone 7 has quite a lot of problems. Besides the microSD scandal plaguing many WP7 handsets (most have hidden microSD card slots providing their internal storage instead of faster flash NAND storage), the inability to connect to protected Wi-Fi networks and rumored supply shortages delaying ...

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WP7 Sales at Only 40,000 in the US on Monday

Only 40,000 Windows Phone 7 devices were sold on Monday in the US—launch day to be specific—according to TheStreet. With Microsoft’s multi, multimillion dollar WP7 campaign (think between 500 million and 1 billion) you would think that these would have literally flown off the shelf. That is apparently not the case however. Supply and distribution issues ...

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