Microsoft drops mandatory camera from Windows Phone 7 specs

Microsoft quietly downgraded the hardware requirements for its Windows Phone 7 operating system in late September to make optional the inclusion of cameras in mobiles using the operating system. The move came just

Published on: November 8th, 2011 John P. Mello Jr.

Why Windows Phone 7 will

Microsoft has a relatively long history with mobile operating systems, stretching back to the mid-1990s and Windows CE. Developed originally for "embedded systems," Windows CE quickly found its way into PDAs and eventually

Published on: August 9th, 2011 Jeff Vance

400 students compete at Microsoft’s Imagine Cup

More than 400 students from over 70 countries competed last week at the Imagine Cup competition sponsored by Microsoft Corp. in New York.The annual contest brings together young technologists from around the globe

Published on: July 19th, 2011 ITBusiness Staff

Windows Phone

For the Mango release of the Windows Phone, due out this fall, Microsoft is still focused on creating a uniquely intuitive mobile UI for end users who are first and foremost consumers. But

Published on: May 30th, 2011 John Cox

Future smartphone battleground pits Android vs Windows Phone 7

Pyramid Research's claim that Windows Phone 7 will be the dominant mobile OS by the end of 2013 was greeted at best with polite skepticism, and more often with ridicule and vilification. But

Published on: May 19th, 2011 John Cox

Windows Phone 7 update botch could have been avoided: crisis expert

Microsoft needlessly botched getting timely updates for Windows Phone 7 to customers and antagonized some of its most loyal fans by not delivering on its promises, a crisis communication expert said today. "There

Published on: March 31st, 2011 Gregg Keizer

Great Canadian Appathon challenges developers to 48 hour contest

Keep it simple and fun. That’s the key advice of mobile game experts to up and coming coders who are taking part in a 48-hour scramble to develop the next great mobile game

Published on: March 11th, 2011 Nestor Arellano

Confusion, inflexibility worsen Windows Phone 7 glitch

The software glitch afflicting some Samsung Windows Phone 7 users is being magnified by an apparent lack of coordination among the key players in Microsoft's mobile environment.After complaints from end users, Microsoft has

Published on: February 24th, 2011 John Cox

Nokia CEO indicates Symbian’s end in ‘burning memo’?

If comparing your company to a burning oil platform in the North Sea is not a clear indication that things are not going well, I don’t know what else would. This appears to

Published on: February 9th, 2011 Nestor Arellano

Windows Phone 7, Android gain smartphone market share

In its first two months, Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 gained a two per cent share of the U.S. smartphone market, says research firm The NPD Group. During that period, the last quarter of

Published on: February 1st, 2011 John Cox

Windows Phone 7, Multimedia integration strong suits of HTC 7 Surround

I've had a chance to test the HTC 7 Surround for a couple of weeks before Christmas and I found the smartphone's Windows Phone 7 OS, multimedia integration, and ease of use very

Published on: January 4th, 2011 Nestor Arellano

Windows Phone 7 sells 1.5 million devices

Microsoft's efforts to become relevant in a smartphone market dominated by rivals such as Apple and Google appear to paying off: Windows Phone 7 sales have topped 1.5 million since they began early

Published on: December 22nd, 2010 Bob Brown

Windows Phone 7 holds promise for business use

With an elegant interface, fast performance and a big marketing budget, Windows Phone 7 is perhaps the surprise package in the smartphone wars this year. A month after its release, and most commentators

Published on: December 3rd, 2010 Paul Trotter

The good and the bad of Windows Phone 7

I use an iPhone 4. I upgraded to the iPhone 4 from an iPhone 3GS. However, prior to making the switch to the iPhone I relied on Windows Mobile smartphones for years. With

Published on: November 30th, 2010 Tony Bradley