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Initially released ten years ago in 2010, Windows mobile played an important part in the arena of smartphones, until, Apple released the iPhone in 2007 changed the way phones were. Then came Google with its Android OS which quickly gained popularity with most companies switching loyalties from Windows Mobile. Somewhere in between, Microsoft released Windows Mobile 6.5 but lets face it, it was more of a fix then a major OS update.
With declining share in the mobile OS market, month after month, Microsoft finally threw away the stylus and made a new platform for mobile phones, The Windows Phone 7 operating system which was a MAJOR upgrade from the older Windows Mobile series. The new OS like many of the other ones available right now provides stylus free use, integrating with Microsoft services like Bing, Xbox Live as well as social networks such as Facebook and Live Tiles, a new unique way to customize your home screen.
Microsoft announced that Windows Mobile 7 will first be available on 10 handsets, in 30 countries by the end of October. Major companies releasing phones with this platform are HTC, LG, Samsung and Dell.
Will Microsofts new OS be able to compete with the likes of iOS and Android? Will developers embrace the new platform? Will we see a shower of applications? Well, we’ll have to wait to find out.
Update: Windows Phone 7 won’t have Copy and Paste until early 2011. It also does not support tethering.
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Microsoft and Intel are donating $20 million to two U.S. universities for parallel-computing research.
Imagine a man you know but whose name you can’t remember approaches you, and your mobile phone uses face-recognition capability to give you his name and information about him before he says hello. This is the kind of application that researchers hope will be developed from US$20 million Microsoft and Intel are giving two U.S. universities for research on parallel computing.
In the paper, they said the current evolution of programming models from single-core to the dual-core and quad-core processors available today from Intel and AMD won’t work for a future where processors could have as many as 16, 32 or hundreds of processors. They set out to find a better way to develop programming models to meet the challenges of multi-core chips.
UC Berkeley’s David Patterson, a professor of computer science and director of the UPCRC, described the problem as one of designing programs to take advantage of parallel computing’s ability to divvy up workloads across different processors. On Tuesday’s conference call, he compared the scenario to dividing the work of writing one story between 16, or even hundreds, of reporters. While the work could potentially be done 16 — or even hundreds of times — faster, “we won’t get to deliver on that performance without balancing the work well,” he said.
Microsoft’s and Intel’s interest in parallel computing is not merely altruistic — both companies already are doing their own research so they can take advantage of the computing power that comes with multi-core technology, and thus gain a competitive advantage in their respective software and processor markets. The agendas of the research centers will align closely with Intel’s Tera-scale Computing Research Program and Microsoft’s Technical Computing Initiative, the companies said.
As for some of the real-world applications of parallel computing, Patterson and Marc Snir, professor of computer science at the University of Illinois, said if researchers can use programming to harness the capabilities of multi-core machines, it will give mobile devices the computing performance that today comes only from supercomputers.
Patterson described the scenario in which a mobile phone might use face-recognition technology to save someone — he used himself as an example — from an embarrassing situation of not knowing a person’s name. “I’d personally be excited to buy a cell phone that has that technology,” because this is a situation he often encounters as a university professor, Patterson said.
Fourteen members from the UC Berkeley faculty, as well as 50 doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers, will staff the UPCRC, while the center at the University of Illinois will be led by Snir and Wen-Mei Hwu, professor of electrical and computer engineering. Twenty additional faculty members and 26 graduate students and researchers also will participate in research at the Illinois center. Both centers will make software available to the technology community for additional development.
While there are only dual-core and quad-core processors available today, Intel plans to release a six-core processor, code-named Dunnington, in the second half of this year, and an eight-core processor, called Nehalem, at some point in the future.
Microsoft released the first beta version of IE8 a few days ago. The new version of the IE comes with many new improvements. Two major features are Activities and WebSlices. Look down for a bit more about these features.
Microsoft could have comfortably leave IE8 as an IE7 look alike that it standards compliant, but they went a step forward and actually brought something new to the browser industry, which will surely be mimicked in a near future in the form of an extension for everyone’s favorite fiery browser.
To start things off, one of the things that instantly drew my attention was the “Activities” feature that allows you to do those repetitive tasks like finding the location of something on google maps, or submitting an article to Digg, by simply selection an option from the context-menu when you right click.
Another nice feature is the Webslices feature, that allows a user to “capture” a part of a website’s code and place it as a link on your toolbar. Very similar to the new widget feature that Apple added in Leopard that allowed you to select an area from a website and create a custom widget for it. The only difference here is that in order for Webslices to work, the webdevelopers need to place a special code on their website, which renders the feature almost obsolete except for the select few websites (like Microsoft ones) that place the custom code.
Most other features are small improvements over the current ones, which makes IE8 a simple, yet capable, browser that earned my respect. Kudos to Microsoft!
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Microsoft Corp. has announced that it will exhibit its coffee-table-shaped “surface computer” at Wall Street Journal’s “D: All Things Digital” conference on Wednesday. The ideology behind this innovation is to replace mouse and keyboard by more natural interaction using voice, pen and touch. Microsoft Surface has a 30-inch display under a hard-plastic tabletop. You can touch and move objects on screen. It can help you place your order from the carte du jour in a restaurant.
Interesting to know, Microsoft Surface can interact with the devices placed in its surface. The cell phone users will be benefited by getting access to latest ringtones, or change payment plans by placing their handsets on in-store displays. It will run the Windows Vista operating system.
“We see this as a multibillion dollar category, and we envision a time when surface computing technologies will be pervasive, from tabletops and counters to the hallway mirror,” Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said in a statement. The targeted customers would initially be corporate customers.
Company aims at deploying the first units in November in Sheraton hotels, Harrah’s casinos, T-Mobile stores, and restaurants. Currently it will be sold at a price ranging from $5,000 and $10,000 each but they are saying that they will try to bring prices down to consumer levels in three to five years and introduce various shapes and forms.
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Sony’s cutting the price on the PlayStation 3. How will Microsoft react? We’ll find out soon. But a key part of the strategy is going to be a project code-named Falcon.
Falcon is the name for the latest internal electronics in the Xbox 360. It will have an IBM microprocessor and an AMD/ATI graphics chip that are manufactured in a 65-nanometer production process. These are cost-reduced chips that do the same thing as their 90-nanometer predecessors, but they’re smaller.
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