Windows Phone 7 Released to Manufacturing

Just a quick note to let everyone know that the Windows Phone 7 product team has released the Windows Phone 7 OS to manufacturing. I hope it does well, but I fear that MS is too late to the dance.

The Kin One and Kin Two are dead

Microsoft announced that it is discontinuing the Kin One and Kin Two due to disappointing sales. They will continue to support current owners, but they will cease all development and updates. Verizon indicates that they have plenty in stock, in case you want to get one as a souvenir.

What is in my pocket?

These days, I am carrying three “smartphones”. I carry the AT&T iPhone 3G (now running beta 4.0 OS), the Sprint HTC Hero (running Android 1.5 OS) and the Verizon Palm Pre Plus (running WebOS 1.4). Honestly, I love all three devices. They all do so many excellent and wonderful things. I am expecially fond of the Pre Plus – the size; the hard keypad; the ability to do video capture, edit, and share; and the ability to make it a mobile hotspot for up to five WiFi users. The Hero also does video capture, and I have a lot of fun with the barcode scanning app. The iPhone is the one device I always have with me though. I use it for email (two Exchange Active Sync accounts!), web surfing, Shazam, and a bunch of other applications (Ski Report, Pandora, and Facebook to name a few). The apps and the ability to operate the device with one hand make a lot of difference to me.

My job allows me to be able to get my hands on many new smart devices and their associated operating systems well in advance of public release. To be fair to Microsoft, I also have a Touch Pro 2 running Windows Mobile 6.5 with the HTC Touch Flo overlay from Sprint. It is nice enough, but this version of the OS is still tied to needing the stylus for some things (like hitting the “x” to close applications). I am anxiously awaiting getting Windows Mobile 7 devices. Based on what I have seen, Microsoft may have finally moved away from trying to replicate their desktop on their smartphones.

That is all for now. Thanks to everyone who stops by. Please feel free to comment or ask questions.

And one last thing (for now) about WinMo 6.5

I know it sounds like I am bashing Microsoft about Winmo 6.5.  The truth is, I love Microsoft and I love Windows Mobile.  And because I feel so strongly about the company and the product, I want them both to be as good as they can be.

For those of you with children, aren’t you much harder on your own child than you might be if you were looking after someone else’s child?  Don’t you expect more from your own child?  That is how I feel about Wimdows Mobile.  I have helped Microsoft raise WinMo, and I expect more from it! 

Do you remember the movie “As Good As It Gets”?  Jack Nicholson says to Helen Hunt “You make me want to be a better man.”  Microsoft should see me as someone who makes them want to produce a better mobile operating system.  I know they can do it.  They have a TON of money, and a LOT of very smart and capable people working for them.  They have great device manufacturer and phone carrier support.  They have a huge installed developer base (to make some cool apps).  I just want them to be better!

Like I said, my hopes and expectations are HIGH for Windows Mobile 7.  Don’t let me down.

More about Windows Mobile 6.5

After my previous post about WinMo 6.5, I thought I should post something explaining my comments.

Microsoft has been selling the same version of their mobile OS for more than 5 years now.  5 years ago, the iPhone did not exist, and Palm OS was a big deal.  Now, the iPhone is King, and Palm has bet the farm on WebOS (which I like quite a bit, but that is for another post).  In this time, MS has done little to change their mobile OS. 

You don’t get a stylus with the iPhone or the Pre.  You still get one with the WinMo 6.5 devices.  Why?  because you need one.  The “x” to close applications is still the same size it has always been, and hitting it with your finger is difficult.  The keyboard is still small.  It provides no feedback when you type.  And again, you need a stylus.

MS has put a different “skin” on the front (a Zune-like scrolling list of apps/tasks), and the application icons are bigger and easier to use without the stylus, but it is still the same old MS desktop shrunk down to mobile device size.  It is still bloated, clunky, and not real stable. 

I expected more.  I am certainly expecting a lot from MS with WinMo 7.  If they listened to their customers like Palm does, I might not be typing this.

Windows Mobile 6.5 Launched

Windows Mobile 6.5 has been released, and you should be able to buy a device with WinMo 6.5 from various carriers. I wish I could say that I was more excited about this, but I think that MS missed with this release. I have VERY high expectations and hope for Windows Mobile 7. The heat is on thanks to Apple, Palm, and RIM/Blackberry. I hope that MS sees this and brings it for the next release of their Windows Mobile Operating System. How about a complete redesign, Redmond? It doesn’t need to look/feel like the desktop. it doesn’t need all that bloat. Make it faster and easier to use without a stylus. Learn from Apple and Palm.

How to Sync your iTunes music with your Pre

A quickie…

Now that Apple has “upgraded” iTunes to 8.2.1 and thereby broken the capability of the Pre to sync music with iTunes directly, I was forced to look for something else.

I found a free product called Salling Media Sync for Windows – http://www.salling.com/MediaSync/windows/ – that will sync non-DRM protected music from your iTunes library to your Pre (and most any other device as well). Salling Sync recognizes and lets you sync playlists as well. Well worth checking out.

Thanks for stopping by!