Yesterday, the big news was a leaked version of the Windows Phone “Mango” RTM version [build 7.10.7720.68], so surprisingly after applying the update solution to my HTC HD7 today, which went off without a hitch, I got an update notification. …
There’s been a lot of talk about how multi-tasking on Windows Phone “Mango” might be implemented, and basically it will rely on background tasks. The ability for apps to run when they are in the background, or even under the …
Today Microsoft released a refresh for the Windows Phone Mango Beta, which brought it up to 7712, from 7661. With Mango being released to manufacturers yesterday, and of course Fujitsu showing of their first Windows Phone, expectations were high, and …
If you are a Windows Phone 7 user and picked up a first generation Windows Phone at it’s release, today is like Christmas in July. With Fujitsu outing their new Windows Phone, complete with the full Mango build on board, and the news that all current users are that much closer to what will be the update that brings WP up to parity with most other smartphone platforms, one year after release, it has to put a smile on your face. Overnight the Windows Phone Blog let fly with information that Mango was RTM, [released to manufacturers], which probably doesn’t mean a lot to most people out there. What it means though is that the final release of Windows Phone 7.1/7.5, the Mango update for WP is on track, all the official code from Microsoft has been compiled tested and they are happy with it.
What happens from here though, is the question, RTM means all the handset manufacturers have a build that they can test with their new devices and customise, tweak for their hardware.
We can’t wait to get Mango in your hands so you can experience all the new features for yourself and give us feedback on where to go next. As we reach additional milestones we will be back to share more but until then, thank you for your support of Windows Phone.
I’m a bit befuddled by a post that I read today, that asserted as part of the recent App Hub update, bringing many new features for Windows Phone Developers, that the registration/verification process had been relaxed for individuals and students. While this may be an interpretation issue, as with the app hub refresh, Microsoft have tried to make more transparent the registration process, adding what would be more detail in their registration overview. Taken out of context though, it could be seen as us lowly people may not have to jump through so many hoops to get registered.
WMPU is reporting just that, quoting the registration overview,
AppHub – GeoTrust verification for individuals and students cancelled
Microsoft has canceled the GeoTrust verification for individuals and students with the last AppHub update:
Individual and Student Identity Validation individuals will be verified using the information provided and their credit card information
When I use the link provided from the post, what I see says this
Individual and student identity validation
Once registration is complete, individuals will be verified using the information provided and their credit card information. These two must match to successfully activate the App Hub account. Students will be verified using the information provided and their DreamSpark membership.
It’s very confusing, and the fact that I can’t find more search results, would what would be a big step for Windows Phone and the marketplace, seems a bit screwy. I’m already registered, and I had to go through a lot of to and fro with GeoTrust, and eventually took it to the App Hub forums, and Microsoft stepped in for me and got it done. What I noticed, is that a major change like this has not been officially announced, considering the amount of consternation the GeoTrust verification process has generated. The link WMPowerUser supplied is not region specific, and if I follow it I see a very different text from what they are quoting.
There’s been a lot of rumblings amongst Windows Phone users, about the features that would come to the platform, in what part of the world. Many of the services available have been limited by region, [former link shows regional availability], and those limitations have been the bane of Windows Phone users outside the UK and US. One of the things that made the iPhone such a great success was the inclusion of iTunes, the one stop shop for media of all sorts, and applications. Zune as a native inclusion in the Windows Phone platform, holds some of that promise for users of the OS. It has been vague though, how the market would expand, Well it looks like that is starting to happen, or at least being tested.
All of a sudden there is a selection of podcasts and fairly mundane music available on the Zune marketplace in Australia. I caught a couple of hints of this over the weekend, but being used to their not really being many features in Zune Desktop being functional, didn’t think much more of it when some more music appeared. Confirmed today though, by an anonymous commenter on his blog, @longzheng
Since this is believed to be just a test, unfortunately it’s just a small and unusual collection of songs. Nevertheless, the test does reveal the pricing for songs and albums Microsoft may have settled on, with beloved Microsoft Points no less. Songs costs 129 Points (AUD$2.13) and albums appear to be priced per song capped at 1299 Points (AUD$21.43).
I don’t know how long this will last and there is no official news that all Zune services will be arriving down under, especially the coveted Zune Pass subscription feature. At the moment the service is ruled buy Microsoft Points, which is a complicated way of purchasing credits that you can use to redeem music from the Market Place. The prices seem to compare to the iTunes store, as yet though it’s too many steps for most people.