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Official Unofficial Windows Phone Store App is here

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Now, here is a Gem from the Windows Store, a nicely designed app, dedicated to your Windows Phone app discoverability. You might not think this is a big deal, but it is, since you can only surf Windows Phone Store via the Web Browser. Microsoft attempted to highlight Windows Phone Apps is their Sync App, but that is a limited feature, the moment you want more, you’re dropped into the Browser. The Markteplace on Windows Phone itself doesn’t lend itself to discoverability on such a small screen, and as you know, nothing says “Click Me” better like a App-logos on the glorious panorama of a Metro App. So, here it is. Beautifully crafted by CiunKos. This App gives you ability to browse by Category and zero in on Best Rated Apps. You can also easily find New and Up-and-Coming hero apps. You are greeted by starting the App with the Spotlight page shown above, in which the best apps in the Store are showcased.

Here is quoting the Dev himself from the Store:

Description
Download apps and games for your Windows Phone right from your tablet or PC! Windows Store like interface now connects you to your phone. Download the best Windows Phone apps with this beautifuly designed app.

Features
Download apps and games right from your tablet or PC.
Use Search to quickly find apps!
Browse app categories to find apps you will love.
Browse reviews to check if app is good for you.
Browse screenshots to see if app looks cool!

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We Windows Phone users welcome this beautiful addition to the Store. Nicely done indeed. We wonder if MS should not buy this app off right away, or just hire the guy. Download the App right away via the Source link below, its free as the air; for now.

Source: Windows Store

Via: Mary-Jo Foley and @CarmenCrincoli

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Windows Phone App–The Zune Software Replacement is in the Store

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Microsoft threw its Windows Phone Users a bone today, they released the Windows Phone App to the Store with which you can manage your latest Windows Phones. Note the word “Latest” in there because it is significant. It means this app will not support anything less than Windows Phone 8 devices. Bummer really, especially to Nokia 800/900 users. Microsoft this is unacceptable, if you keep screwing your user base, it will not be good for the platform adoption in the long run as it will erode confidence of future usability of MS platform devices. So, throw WP7 users a bone too will you?!

Anyway, we knew this App was coming as the Zune brand was being deprecated all over the place. For example you can still install Zune software on your Windows 8 devices to manage your phones, but it only works on the Desktop, which means WindowsRT users are out of luck. So, this is a timely release indeed, especially because Windows Phone 8 is going live today.

Here is how MS describes the App in the Store:

Description
Your computer and your Windows Phone 8 work together seamlessly with the Windows Phone app so you always have your photos, videos, and music, and more where you want them.

Features
Get your music, photos, and videos from your computer to your phone (and vice versa).
Quickly share things from your phone with Windows 8 apps (like Photos, or Search). You don’t even have to open the Windows Phone app to move things around.
Automatically save photos and videos you take with your phone to your PC.
See at a glance how much space you’re using for each type of content, so it’s easy to make sure you never run out of room on your phone.
Get to WindowsPhone.com to download apps, learn more about your phone, or find it if it’s lost.

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Anyone seen in this description that Windows Phone 7.5 will not be supported? I don’t! So, can we take Microsoft now to court for abandoning us WP7 users? Smile Anyways, you are lucky Microsoft as I intend to get the Lumia 920 shortly, so I wont wake my lawyer from his slumber. But still, I think it’s a shame that a lot of old WinPhone users are sidelined this way. First, it was no WP8 upgrade, and now this.

If you one of the lucky few who already have a WP8 device, please go ahead and download this app via the Source link, or if you are a WP7 user and you want to complain to Microsoft, also download it and add your frustration to the long list on the App Review page.

Thanks Nazmus for a great tip.

Source: Windows Store
Tip Credit: @NazmusLabs

WP Marketplace Deals App is in the Store

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My apologies I should have informed you about this tool earlier. It has been in the Store now for a number of days. If you are a user of Windows Phone this App is right in your alley. WP Market Deals is exactly what is says, shows you apps dynamics in Windows Phone Marketplace, Apps that have gone Free, or lowered in Price. Keeps you up to date with high-profile apps for which price have temporarily reduced by Vendor so the app can gain popularity. The following is the description of the App by LuviSoft in the Store:

Get the most downloaded apps in the Marketplace at a discount price

Download apps FOR FREE while offers last

Adjust settings to your likings

Description:
Find out about the best deals on the Windows Phone Marketplace, and get your favorite apps at a discounted price.

Features:
Automatically shows new deals when they are available
Filter apps by popular (most downloaded), top rated, apps gone free, Xbox Live (Deal of the Week),
Share deals

Download this tool for your Windows Phone via this link: http://apps.microsoft.com/webpdp/app/31a0584a-626c-4d02-a5bb-45bdb86c0836

WPDownUnder App is in the Store

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There is a party going on Down Under, and its for Windows Phone users. WPDownUnder site has just released their app into the Store. Now our OZ friends with tablets can enjoy their favorite site on the go in glorious panoramic view of Windows 8 Metro UI. Here is the app description direct from the Store:

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An article being viewed in the app.

Share any article with apps that have the sharing option enabled.

Description
Now you can read WPDownUnder, Australia’s top Windows Phone dedicated site, on a larger screen with the official Windows 8 app from Handiware.
Whether you are an Aussie Developer, Windows Phone owner or Retailer – WPDownUnder is an essential site with helpful resources, analysis and information on all things Windows Phone Down Under.
The app allows you to see the latest articles, comments, tweets and more on the go.

Features
View and comment on the latest Articles
Read comments from others on the latest Articles
Search WPDownUnder using the Search Charm
Share Articles using the Share charm
Get notifications and tile updates when a new Article is published

What are you waiting for? Get this free app via this link now: http://apps.microsoft.com/webpdp/app/42135728-24ad-4a42-86cd-a595febbe9e5

Source: Windows 8 Store

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Selling Windows Phone (…and Windows 8)

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Window Phone has not gained traction in the Market like Microsoft and many of us Windows Phone fans would have loved. Yes, Microsoft rushed Windows Phone to Market we know. They were caught sleeping on turf by iPhone, which raised the bar so high MS had to return to the drawing table, to “re-imagine” Windows Mobile platform. An effort that took them years to complete. With the release of the Windows Phone Mango OS, Microsoft can now confidently say “It is finished!”. Yes Mango is now full-featured and on-par with iPhone and Android; if not better Smile.

So now we are left with the ultimate question, like the song goes: “Now that we’ve found Love, what are we gonna do with it?” How do we sell Windows Phones to the Masses?! I know Microsoft is going to be selling Windows Phone in their own shops, and they’ve got the strength of Nokia sales channel behind them, but is that enough?

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We’ve been hearing the rumors of Phone shops refusing to sell Windows Phones to people, even discrediting it in the front of potential buyers, advising them to buy Android or iPhone instead. The mobile vendors are not doing enough themselves to promote the platform. When you go to any of their shops to see one “in action”, you are presented with a dead, or outright dummy phones. That will never sell the platform.

imageWhen you are lucky to find a working phone, the Sales rep. on the floor doesn’t have an inkling in what Windows Phone is all about. Most of them are Android or iPhone fanboys who have never used Windows phone before. Windows phones cannot be sold like any other platform. It is not a platform phone that you just pick-up in the shop and start pressing icons to see how it works. No, you have to use Windows Phone to get it, and to love it. Go ask anyone who have been skeptical about the platform; they all changed their opinion AFTER using it.

imageSo, there lies the problem of Windows Phone! It is a people-oriented phone. It is not just a phone, it is an extension of yourself. You are the center of the universe, Windows Phone enables all the planets that revolve around you. Its everything about you! How do you sell something like that in a shop, where a buyer only has maybe 10 to 15 minutes to have a look?

A vanilla Windows Phone that is sitting in the kiosk is a useless phone! Looking at it wont impress till you sign in to Windows Live and connect to Facebook and Twitter and Linked-In and what have you. This is something that happened to me. I only have two words for you to describe my reaction after connecting my Windows Phone for the first time: “It’s Alive!”. That was my exclamation. People I have forgotten started popping up. Nothing beats that first impression. You can’t have such experience in a shop. No potential buyer will dare to enter his/her credentials in a sample unit in a shop. So you see the dilemma. Windows Phone strength is its weakness in a shop for a potential buyer.

Now that Microsoft is going the Metro-route with the same “People-centered” features of Windows 8, I am afraid Microsoft will also face a daunting task of selling Windows 8 to the masses. So I hereby propose a solution. Let every Windows Phone and Windows 8 ship with a fictive Persona account. Just one Universal account that MS will maintain. It will reflect a true identity of a person, with everything that a typical person does online, in business and private lives. It will have to be a feature-complete account. You know, like those fictive companies MS use to demonstrate its platform, i.e. Contoso, Fabrikam etc.

Let Windows 8 and Windows Phones be logged into this account by default in shops. Teach sales reps to know this account by heart. Then a potential buyer will see what these applications and platform is all about. It will show the strength of this platform like the way it will if you’ve been using the phone or PC the whole year. No amount of advert can sell Windows Phone or Windows 8 without its People-centric feature. Then sell the devices with this default account, but give the user the chance to wipe it at first install.

So, there you have it. What do you people think of this idea? Leave a comment behind, or tweet me on @McAkins.

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Windows 8 Welcome Screen Video Leaked! Looks a Lot Like Windows Phone 7

Check out the video of the Windows 8 Welcome Screen here!

There has been a rumor for a long time that Microsoft is planning to implement the Metro UI, the UI used in Windows Phone 7, in Windows 8. Well, we have seen the first clear view of this new UI in the Windows 8 Welcome screen video that has been leaked on the Internet. Notice how the UI elements are much larger. It seems that Microsoft is trying to optimize the user interface for touch. In the welcome screen we can a large clock, and the font there is the same font used in Windows Phone 7.

If you didn’t already know, Windows 8 is also said to have Windows Live integration, and the user profile appears on the right side of the taskbar. I like how we seem to be able to instantly switch users by clicking on that user profile thumbnail in the taskbar!

Also notice that switching languages is quite intuitive and the interface for it looks very clean!

What are your thoughts about the new welcome screen. Will you embrace the new UI or do you prefer the current user interface?

Free Month Zune Subscription with Windows Phone 7 – AT&T

FREE Entertainment Pack!

* The Entertainment Pack includes: 1) Xbox LIVE® game ilomilo, 2) 30 days free unlimited music service + 10 free songs to keep through one-month Zune® Pass trial, and 3) 30 days free to download and watch hit TV shows with U-verse® Mobile.

The Entertainment Pack is available (while supplies last) at no charge to consumers who purchase a Windows Phone device from AT&T between October 25, 2010, and December 31, 2010.

Source: AT&T

Microsoft Future Slate vision (2001)=Windows Phone 7 OS

In 2001/2002 Microsoft released a video depicting her vision of how we will be using slates/tablets in ten years.
To commemorate the release of Windows Phone 7 I have uploaded this video for the public at large. What do you think? Apart from the GUI, do you think the vision depicted in this video meets what we are seeing today with Windows Phone 7 OS release?
I have uploaded it to my SkyDrive so you can download it (just 25Mb). Enjoy: http://cid-ecf91c8ccaaa35bf.office.live.com/self.aspx/Public/2001-Microsoft%20Future%20Slate.mp4
Happy new Windows Phone era, welcome Windows Phone 7, go blow them out of the waters! http://www.windowsphone7.com/