Microsoft Will Give All Employees Windows Phone 7 Devices


Microsoft has decided to go all out for the Windows Phone 7 launch, and will be giving WP7 phones to all of their employees. That's around 92,000 people worldwide, each of whom will get the device when it launches in their country — about 53,000 are in America, and will receive it when the system launches, these holidays. Right now, it's widely assumed that these devices … [Read more...]

WP7 Won’t Offer Multitasking

Information Week is reporting that Microsoft's new Mobile OS will not offer multitasking for third party apps. In a note to developers, Microsoft technical evangelist Yochay Kiriaty wrote, "Windows Phone allows only one application to run at any given time in the foreground, and no 3rd party applications are allowed to run in the background." This means that whenever a user … [Read more...]

Windows Phone Developer Tools Beta Now Available


Good news for devs. Microsoft has released Windows Phone Developer Tools in the form of a beta release. As the Windows Phone Developer Blog states, the release is "a near final version of tools for building applications and games for Windows Phone 7".  The top level items noted are: Microsoft Expression Blend for Windows Phone – Blend is now integrated completely into … [Read more...]

Microsoft Kills Kin

The short lived life of the Microsoft Kin is now officially over per an official statement from the company. Designed for kids, the Kin was the anti-smartphone that packed a smartphone priced data plan. Despite a fairly decent sized marketing campaign, the Kin just never took. This frees up the Kin team to work on Windows Phone 7. Some features, such as the effortless storing … [Read more...]

Behind the scenes as Microsoft prepares Windows Phone 7


CNET has been given access to a behind the scenes look at the development of Windows Phone 7. While Windows Phone 7 devices won't be released until October at the earliest, the work being done now is critical to the promised "holiday" release schedule. With Android and iOS dominating, the company cannot afford a misstep, nor can it miss the crucial holiday shopping … [Read more...]