25 Jun 2012

Tech-Stew Podcast E18: Windows the Conqueror was recorded on Thursday June 21st, 2012.

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Twitter goes offline, Windows Phone 8 details, Xbox 720 rumors, Microsoft Surface, iOS 6, black holes, RC airplanes and more.

20 Jun 2012

Microsoft has announced details on Windows Phone 8 at the Windows Phone Developer Summit, which arrives this fall with development tools coming over the summer.  The new platform is to support more than just dual-core processors, it will support as many as 64 cores if such devices come to exist over the span of the platform's life.  The past 800x480 display barrier is broken, now offering 1280 x 720 or 1280 x 768.  There are also new abilities such as NFC for tags and payments and the support for SD cards.

10 Jun 2012

Tech-Stew Podcast E17: Your Screen is Leaking was recorded on Saturday June 9th, 2012.

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Facebook's App Center launches, iOS 6 confirmed, Microsoft SmartGlass, touchscreen tacticle keyboards, Windows 8 Release Preview details, a new treament for prostate cancer and more.

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05 Jun 2012

Zune, a name that once held the hopes of many to outdo Apple in the portable player war, has now been put to rest.  Microsoft made many announcements at the E3 games conference in Los Angeles, among them executives said the company will introduce a new music service, Xbox Music.  Xbox Music will run on the Xbox 360, Windows Phone and Windows 8 computers and come out in the fall.  This will no doubt mean that the Zune name in the Windows 8 Release Preview will be renamed to Xbox Music and similar in the final version..

Microsoft spokeswoman Melissa Stewart confirmed that the Zune brand is going away so Microsoft can use the more well-known name Xbox for its entertainment services, including video.  Stewart says those who created playlists under the old Zune name will still have access to those songs on the new Xbox Music service.  The Zune music service currently has 30 million songs in their library.  By comparison iTunes has 28 million songs.

Microsoft introduced the Zune name in 2006.  This was a time when Apple's iPod and iTunes were becoming popular.  Zune was both a player and a service that allowed users to load their Zune devices with music.

The Zune ultimately became a failure in the market.  It failed to compete with the iPod.  ZuneHD in 2009 did somewhat better, while Apple focused on the iPhone and iPad.  Microsoft then discontinued the player in 2011 and focused on music and video services with the Zune name.  It became part of Xbox and Windows Phone.

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04 Jun 2012

As part of the Microsoft pre-E3 conference, Microsoft has announced that SmartGlass will launch worldwide this fall.  During the presentation Microsoft showed off SmartGlass functionalities demonstrating the app sharing between mobile devices and the 360. 

22 Apr 2012

 

The wait is over the official Skype 1.0 for Windows Phone has arrived and can be downloaded via the Windows Phone Marketplace, fulfilling Microsoft's statement at the Mobile World Congress that it would be arriving in April.  You can opt to retrieve the app straight from your phone itself, but it can take up to two days for Skype for Windows Phone to propagate in all local Windows Phone Marketplaces. 

With Skype for Windows Phone you can interface with over 200 million people that use Skype each month on multiple platforms.  Skype for Windows Phone can be used across 4G, 3G and Wi-Fi networks.

01 Feb 2012

There are many rumors floating around regarding Windows Phone 8 code-named "Apollo" due out in the fourth quarter.  Some are speculating that the new mobile OS will abandon the Windows CE kernel (Windows Embedded Compact) in favor of the core NT kernel as with Windows 8.  None of those speculations can be proven thus far.  Interesting speculation, because if it were true, then there could potentially be one App Store for both platforms, similar to Apple, but on to what we do know.   **Update**:  It was recently revealed that there is some truth to these statements, that Windows 8 phone will share some of the same code base and kernel as Windows 8 for desktops.

What is certain is that ultimately Microsoft wants an overall union of software from platform to platform.  This dates back to last July when the president of Microsoft's Windows Division made this proclamation that ultimately there would be a single ecosystem for PC's,phones and tablets.  It was later stated by NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, that he expected Windows 8 to eventually run Windows Phones apps.  The major goal of "Apollo" will be to allow phone manufacturers to create higher-end devices to compete with others like the Samsung Galaxy S3 with more powerful dual-core and higher processors.

Windows Phone 8 will run Windows Phone 7 apps

Many rumor mills out there had it stated that Windows 7 Phone apps would probably be incompatible with Windows Phone "Apollo" 8 apps.  But Brandon Watson a Microsoft representative stated that Microsoft was pretty clear that apps of today would work in Windows Phone 8 during the Mix11 keynote.  The keynote can be found here.  Next, its time to Tango...

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