Microsoft is taking a page from Apple’s playbook and will require developers to sell Windows Phone apps exclusively through the company’s upcoming flagship store. It’s a move that will surely destroy some of the goodwill Microsoft has been working so hard to build up.
Netflix (s NFLX) streaming could be coming to mobile devices by the end of the year, but the iPhone might not be the first platform to support it, as has been widely anticipated. Instead, that honor might belong to devices that are built on Microsoft’s (s MSFT) Windows Phone 7 Series operating system.
At Microsoft’s MIX10 developer’s conference, the company gave a preview of some third-party mobile applications that will run on the new OS, which is set to ship on devices by the end of 2010. That includes a Netflix app prototype that was demoed by Scott Stanfield, CEO of Vertigo, the mobile development company that created the app.
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Microsoft is betting that that Silverlight can help lure third-party developers to its Windows Phone operating system, which is scheduled to be released by the end of the year. It’s a strategy that seems to be paying dividends — so far.
Microsoft faces a tough assignment when it comes to regaining its relevance in mobile, but there’s no shortage of players who have a vested interest in seeing Windows Phone succeed. Here are some of those rooting for Microsoft’s upcoming mobile OS to challenge iPhone and Android.
Pining for a better browser on your Windows Moible 5 or 6 handset? Opera Mini just became another option, even if you don’t have a Java ME client. But why would Opera go native now when others are focusing on Windows Phone 7?
Microsoft is making a clean break with the Windows Phone 7 Series and new handset requirements. But there’s a handset or two that might have the necessary “oomph” to handle the new operating system. Unfortunately, it doesn’t sound like any official upgrades will be appearing.
The week marches on and today being Saturday means it is time to recap the recent happenings in the world of Windows Mobile. Microsoft has confirmed details on the new Windows Phone Starter Edition. Adobe will not provide Flash for WinMo 6.5 as previously thought.
Skype yesterday pulled support for Windows Mobile 6.5, and today it’s Adobe’s turn. The promise of Flash 10.1 on Microsoft’s current handsets is a broken one, but the reason provided simply doesn’t make sense. Is this the sign of a bad trend for Microsoft’s phones?
If you’re looking to install Skype on your Windows Mobile handset, you can stop looking. Skype pulled the software and there’s actually a very good reason. It’s been the same issue that’s hampered the Skype experience for years on Windows Mobile devices.
How many Windows Phone 7 Series chassis designs are there? “Three shall be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shall be three. Four shalt thou not count, neither count thou two, excepting that thou then proceedest on to three.”