Tech News and Opinions (by Paul Spain)

Zune 4.7 client for Windows Phone 7

, posted: 11-Oct-2010 23:15

In the last 2 hours Microsoft have quietly made available the update version of the Zune client software in anticipation of the release of Windows Phone 7 in a few hours.

This release is an update to the previous 4.2 and 4.x releases aimed at support the Zune HD and previous Zune MP3 media players. The .7 in the version (rather than for instance 4.3) is a tip of hat to this release being compatible with Windows Phone 7. You can use it update the firmware on your handset, download and (read the entire post)...



Windows Phone 7 Comprehensive Preview: Operating System and Software (Part 3)

, posted: 6-Oct-2010 23:10

As I've mentioned - I believe the Windows Phone 7 software is fantastic. It delivers functionality both business users and consumers will appreciate - a simple, stylish and effective interface that makes it fun and quick to get things done. I've heard from testers who own iPhones but have fallen in love with the 'Hubs' concept in WP7 and are finding it quicker and easier than before to get things done on this new platform. In meeting business needs the WP7 software delivers great integration wit (read the entire post)...



Windows Phone 7 Global Launch Date confirmed – NZ likely to be first in the World

, posted: 4-Oct-2010 16:08

Microsoft have confirmed via an online event posting that the global launch of Windows Phone 7 will take place on 11 October 2010. See this event (now full) on Microsoft's website for the details of a T-Mobile launch event (one of a number of launch events happening globally on that date). The event invite is signed by Hemang Patel - Windows Phone Solutions Strategist (Microsoft). Here is the Agenda: 3:05 - 3:10 - Microsoft Executive Keynotes 3:10 - 3:30 - Windows Phone 7 with Microsoft Produc (read the entire post)...



Windows Phone Radio–Download and Listen

, posted: 2-Oct-2010 11:50

As mentioned last week Microsoft have launched a new Podcast - Windows Phone Radio. The first episode has been made available to listen to in the last few minutes. This podcast comes in the lead up to launch of Windows Phone 7. This new podcast hosted by Matt Akers (of the Zune Insider Podcast) and Brian Seitz. This episode runs for 15-minutes.The official write-up for the Podcast states: "Windows Phone Radio is the place for the latest news and information from the Windows Phone team at Microso (read the entire post)...



Zune HD launch: Windows Live Messenger 2011 and New Games

, posted: 2-Oct-2010 00:50

Today Zune HD users will be pleased to find that Microsoft have added the following free XNA application downloads to the Zune Marketplace: Windows Live Messenger 2011 Dr. Optics Castles and Cannons Wordmonger The Windows Live Messenger is a very full featured application and includes functionality such as facebook chat, video and photo viewing. In many regards this is a bigger and more powerful application Windows Phone 7's email or calendar applications. Does this mean there is a chance th (read the entire post)...



Windows Live Essentials 2011 – download now

, posted: 30-Sep-2010 23:30

The 2011 update to Microsoft's free Windows add-on product is now available for download. Even though the first beta was only launched 3 months ago, this is the release of final version of Windows Live Essentials 2011. Windows Live Essentials 2011 consists of: Windows Live Messenger 2011 Windows Live Writer 2011 Windows Live Movie Maker 2011 Windows Live Mesh 2011 (previously Windows Live Sync) Windows Live Photo Gallery 2011 Windows Live Family Safety 2011 Windows Live Mail 2011 This fre (read the entire post)...



Windows Phone 7 Comprehensive Preview: Handsets (Part 2)

, posted: 27-Sep-2010 10:12

I have to say, the Windows Phone 7 software is incredible - delivering an integrated environment that users will love thanks to a fresh, thoughtful and intuitive interface design. It's an experience I imagine Steve Jobs' secretly wishes his team at Apple had invented. The fact is though it comes from Microsoft so users can expect to see it on a much broader range of handsets than Apple would ever ship (and in time at varying price points). And that's great news for users everywhere. On the downs (read the entire post)...



Windows Phone 7 Comprehensive Preview: Intro (Part 1)

, posted: 26-Sep-2010 21:04

In just a few days the official launch announcement from Microsoft for Windows Phone 7 is expected. In the meantime it seemed appropriate to publish a full and comprehensive preview of this new system that incorporates so many interesting pieces and pits itself in direct competition to Apple's iPhone 4/iOS, Google's Android, RIM's Blackberry and numerous other products. I will include comment on some lesser known facts about Windows Phone 7 along with one or two predictions. This release comes s (read the entire post)...



Windows Phone Radio

, posted: 25-Sep-2010 19:51

For nearly 2 years Microsoft has been producing a weekly audio show called the 'Zune Insider' Podcast. It has focused on Zune related hardware, software, music, videos and discussions from staff inside the Zune team in Redmond, Washington. In anticipation of the upcoming launch of Windows Phone 7, Microsoft have recorded the first episode of 'Windows Phone Radio' - a new podcast hosted by Matt Akers (of the Zune Insider Podcast) and Brian Seitz. Both Matt and Brian work at in Microsoft's HQ in R (read the entire post)...



New Windows Phone 7 apps announced alongside final developer tools release

, posted: 17-Sep-2010 08:25

The finalised version of the Windows Phone 7 developer tools have been made available by Microsoft for download. Alongside this Microsoft have made announcements about some initial applications that have been developed including Twitter, Travelocity and NetFlix amongst others.

One initial download will initiate installation of all relevant tools - Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone, the Windows Phone Emulator, Expression Blend 4 for Windows Phone, and XNA Game Studio 4.0. Th (read the entire post)...