The Midweek Download: Feb. 16th Edition – Nokia, Windows Phone 7, IE9 on WP7, OneNote

Developers are at the core of just about everything that happens at Microsoft. Without them, we wouldn’t have much in the way of software products and services to sell to consumers and businesses.
Here in the second edition of the Midweek Downloa…

Developers are at the core of just about everything that happens at Microsoft. Without them, we wouldn’t have much in the way of software products and services to sell to consumers and businesses.

Here in the second edition of the Midweek Download is some of the latest news coming out of Microsoft and what it means for developers and tech enthusiasts. Also included are one or two items that show how to get the most out of Windows 7 and OneNote.

Read on!

What the Microsoft-Nokia deal means for developers. By now, just about everyone has heard of the deal between Microsoft and Finnish mobile giant Nokia. In this Feb. 11th post on the Windows Phone Developer Blog, blogger Matt Bencke explains what the deal means for Microsoft developers. And in this Feb. 14th post on the Windows Phone Developer Blog, Terry Myerson, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of Windows Phone engineering, describes in detail the critical role developers will play in helping to build a new mobile ecosystem.

Exploring Internet Explorer 9. As you may know, the release candidate of Internet Explorer 9 is now available. What you may not know about is all the effort that goes into refining such an important milestone. In this Feb. 10th post on the Exploring IE Blog, Ryan Gavin, senior director of Internet Explorer business and marketing, blogs about the reaction amongst developers to IE9. Also, in this Feb. 10th post on the Springboard Series Blog, blogger Stephen L. Rose writes about a variety of resources and tools for IT professionals looking to integrate usage of IE9 into their businesses.

IE9 coming to Windows Phones. First, there was the beauty of the Web. Now, there’s the beauty of the mobile Web. That’s right, Internet Explorer 9 is coming to Windows Phone 7 phones, and that’s a boon for developers. As Dean Hachamovitch, corporate vice president of Internet Explorer, writes in this Feb. 14th post on the IEBlog, “Today’s announcement is good news for developers and consumers. Quality, hardware-accelerated HTML5 on mobile devices will make the mobile Web significantly better. Developers will be able to use the same markup to deliver great interoperable HTML5 experiences on mobile—a for example H.264 video on Windows, iOS, and Android devices, and great CSS3, SVG, Canvas, ECMAScript 5, and WOFF support.”

Going somewhere? Doesn’t mean you have to miss “Warehouse 13.” Going on vacation doesn’t mean you and your family have to miss out on your favorite television shows. In this Feb. 11th post on the Extreme Windows Blog, blogger Pete Brown walks readers through a simple step-by-step process by which they can use the Remote Media Streaming feature in Windows 7 to record their must-see TV programs.

Is OneNote your “virtual brain” too? In this Feb. 9th post on the Microsoft Office Blog, guest blogger Aaress Lawless tells readers, “Quite frankly, OneNote makes me more useful to this world.” Lawless goes on to discuss how her adoption and use of OneNote helped her build a new public relations business called DuoParadigms Public Relations & Design. In essence, OneNote enables her and her colleagues, all of whom work remotely a significant amount of time, to share their ideas so they no longer have to live “from sticky note to sticky note.”

That’s it for this week’s edition of the Midweek Download. Thanks for reading, and see you back here next Wednesday!

Posted by Jeff Meisner
Senior Manager, Corporate Blogs

Microsoft Launches Local News Blogs in Silicon Valley, Boston, Chicago and L.A.

Microsoft has launched local news blogs in Silicon Valley, Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles to better tailor its company news to local U.S. audiences.
The blogs offer insights into Microsoft’s community efforts, regional news, local leadership an…

Microsoft has launched local news blogs in Silicon Valley, Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles to better tailor its company news to local U.S. audiences.

The blogs offer insights into Microsoft’s community efforts, regional news, local leadership and upcoming events, as well as a local perspectives on headlines coming out of the Microsoft News Center.

In conjunction with the launch of the local blogs, Microsoft also recently unveiled its U.S. Vertical Industries Blog, which offers news and commentary related to companies using Microsoft and partner technologies in the automotive, energy, financial services, manufacturing, professional services and retail and hospitality industries.

Posted by Jeff Meisner
Senior Manager, Corporate Blogs

Microsoft Announces New Windows Phone 7 Features at Mobile World Congress

Just days after announcing a new partnership with Nokia, Microsoft unveiled a series of new features for Windows Phone 7 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today.
The new Windows Phone 7 features announced today include:

• Copy and paste …

Just days after announcing a new partnership with Nokia, Microsoft unveiled a series of new features for Windows Phone 7 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today.

The new Windows Phone 7 features announced today include:

• Copy and paste functionality via the first major update, coming in the next month.
• Twitter integration directly into the People Hub, coming in 2011.
• Support for Office documents in the cloud, coming in 2011.
• Dramatically enhanced Web browser experience based on Internet Explorer 9 in 2011.
• A new wave of multitasking applications in 2011.
• Targeting a significant volume of Nokia Windows Phones in 2012.

In addition, the phone will be available soon on U.S. networks such as Verizon and Sprint, according to Andy Lees, president of Microsoft’s Mobile Communications Business.

For more detail on the announcements at Mobile World Congress, read this feature on the Microsoft News Center and this post by Lees on the Windows Phone Blog. Also, check out these images and videos of Windows Phone 7 phones.

On Feb. 11, Microsoft and the Finnish mobile phone maker announced a new partnership that has Nokia adopting the Windows Phone operating system as its primary mobile platform. 

Posted by Jeff Meisner
Senior Manager, Corporate Blogs

Weekend Reading: Feb. 11th Edition – Nokia, Bing jumps, ZDNet reviews IE9, the new Windows Phone Amazon app, Windows 7, Xbox and More

Microsoft is just chock full of news this week: the just-announced deal with Nokia, Bing’s grabbing up market share and the release of Microsoft’s new Web browser, Internet Explorer 9.
Dig in and enjoy!
Microsoft and Nokia…So happy t…

Microsoft is just chock full of news this week: the just-announced deal with Nokia, Bing’s grabbing up market share and the release of Microsoft’s new Web browser, Internet Explorer 9.

Dig in and enjoy!

Microsoft and Nokia…So happy together. Just in case you missed it, Microsoft and Finnish cell phone maker Nokia announced plans for a broad strategic partnership that has Nokia adopting the Windows Phone operating system as its primary mobile platform. A joint letter from Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Nokia CEO Stephen Elop goes into the deal in more detail. As part of the agreement, Bing will power Nokia’s search services across Nokia devices.

Bing jumps 6 percent. Seattle Times tech reporter Brier Dudley reported in a Feb. 8th blog post that Bing’s share of the U.S. search market rose by 6 percent to 27.44 percent in January while Google fell by 2 percent during the same period. The search market share data came from Experian Hitwise, a global data analytics company. And in this Feb. 10th blog post, ZDNet writer Robin Harris tells us why he switched from Google to Bing.

ZDNet’s Ed Bott reviews IE9. (Spoiler alert: He likes it!) In this Feb. 10th review of Internet Explorer 9 release candidate 1, Bott writes, “With Internet Explorer 9, Microsoft has succeeded in building a fast, standards-compliant browser with a clean, modern design that integrates well with Windows 7.” In his review, Bott explores IE9’s user experience, privacy and security features as well as the browser’s performance and its compatibility with other Web technologies and standards.

Attention, shoppers! The official Amazon.com app for WP7 is here! The wait is over for mobilistas chomping at the bit for Amazon.com’s official app for Windows Phone 7. In this Feb. 10th post on the Windows Phone Blog, blogger Michael Stroh reports on the arrival of the new app in the Marketplace. And just in case you missed it, here is the Feb. 4th edition of Stroh’s Pinworthy blog series.

The U.K.’s Channel 4 News drops by for a visit. British journalist Benjamin Cohen and his colleagues from Channel 4 News in the United Kingdom came to Redmond for two days recently and were given an in-depth view of some of Microsoft’s next-generation technologies. Next at Microsoft Blog Editor Steve Clayton took Cohen wrote this Feb. 11th post, which includes the nearly eight-minute video segment that resulted from Channel 4 News’ visit.

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 ships. In this Jan. 9th Windows Blog post, blogger Brandon LeBlanc reports on the release of Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 to Microsoft’s equipment partners (the companies that manufacture PCs, laptops and other devices that run Windows 7.) Both become available to the general public on the Microsoft Download Center on Feb. 22nd. Also, blogger Gavriella Shuster writes about how “Windows 7 updates deliver more bang for your buck” in this Feb. 9th post on the Windows for Your Business Blog.

Coming soon to an Xbox Live Marketplace near you. For all you gamers out there, here is a list of upcoming content scheduled to go live in the Xbox Live Marketplace. Some of the titles include “Galaga Legions,” “Space Invaders Infinity Gene” and “Blacklight.” Don’t miss them!

MSN Autos gets a tune up. In this Feb. 9th post on the MSN Blog, John Flinn writes about new features on MSN Autos. Flinn writes that the tune-up will “make it easier than ever to get up to speed on the latest automotive news and to find the right vehicle for you.” In other news from behind the butterfly, MSN visitors can check out a preview version of a new service called Postbox. In this Feb. 9th post, Rick VanderKnyff, senior producer at MSN Local, writes, “Users can contribute content on standing topics that include dining, events, people and places as well as special weekly topics that will be promoted on the MSN home page.” Topics include winter storms, Valentine’s Day and pet photos.

If the Department of Energy trusts us…Next at Microsoft Blog Editor Steve Clayton writes about how the U.S. Department of Energy is using speech analysis and indexing technology from Microsoft Research that enables people to sift through massive amounts of video using specific search terms. Imagine being able to search for video of that spectacular collision between an NFL player and a sideline camera man in Super Bowl XLV just by uttering a few key words or phrases from the comfort of your own couch, Clayton muses. TechFlash Managing Editor Todd Bishop also reported on the story in this Feb. 9th blog post.

Score one more for Windows Azure. Microsoft’s cloud computing platform, Windows Azure, continues to rack up the wins. In this Feb. 7th post on the Windows Azure Blog, the Azure team reports, “Temenos, the global provider of banking software, today announced the availability of TEMENOS T24 (T24) on the Windows Azure platform. This announcement makes T24 the first core banking system to go into production with customers on Windows Azure. The combination of T24 and the Windows Azure platform, including SQL Azure, allows banks to move operations to a consumption based pricing model and enables them to scale resources effectively and increase volume according to customer demand.”

That’s it for this edition of Weekend Reading. See you next Friday, and thanks for reading!

Posted by Jeff Meisner
Senior Manager, Corporate Blogs

 

Open Letter from CEO Stephen Elop, Nokia and CEO Steve Ballmer, Microsoft

Today in London, our two companies announced plans for a broad strategic partnership that combines the respective strengths of our companies and builds a new global mobile ecosystem. The partnership increases our scale, which will result in significant…

Today in London, our two companies announced plans for a broad strategic partnership that combines the respective strengths of our companies and builds a new global mobile ecosystem. The partnership increases our scale, which will result in significant…(read more)