Microsoft took a radical, approach with Windows Phone, they didn’t wait to get their redesigned OS into the hands of users, capturing a fairly solid fan base with what should really have been deemed a beta, back in October 2010. …
In an interview with CENS news, CEO of HTC, Peter Chou detailed his companies plans in the third quarter of 2011 and the outlook is pretty good. Earlier in the year, HTC overtook Nokia and RIM in the OEM market wars, …
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.
One of the things promised in the Mango update for Windows Phone was native twitter integration. Much like Facebook and Windows Live services are in the mix now, it is sadly not included in the Mango Beta that was released …