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Windows Phone 7 Sales Figures; App News; Tips; Devices Compared

Microsoft has finally released some sales figures, and while paltry compared to other devices, it represents a solid start. This week we’ll also look at some comparisons of Windows Phone 7 devices, in case you’re in the market for one. If you happened to get one for Christmas, we’ll note some helpful steps to getting started with a Windows Phone 7. And I’ll point you to a list of best apps and other app news.


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Review of Dell Venue Pro, New Apps, Tip

Reviews of the Dell Venue Pro are starting appear, as are rumors that it will be coming to AT&T. This week I also want to point you to a discussion of how to dress up your home screen, as well as note some new apps and a review of the LG Quantum.


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Possible Verizon Windows Phone in January; Reviews; More Tips

PocketNow has posted about a possible Windows Phone coming from Verizon in January, according to several sources. In addition, this week I’ll point you to rumors of an update, a review of the HD7, and some useful tips.


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Windows Phone Update Rumor, More Tips, HD7 Issues, Cheap Apps

Rumors are swirling that a massive update is coming in early 2011, with features such as copy/paste, multitasking, and more. This week I also want to point you to more tips, some issues that have shown up with the HD7, and note some data on the price of Windows Phone 7 apps.


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Windows Phone 7 Deals; Tips

Last week both AT&T and T-Mobile began offering buy-one-get-one-free deals, and Amazon dropped the price of the HD7 to $50. In this week's column, I'll also point you to a couple great sources for tips, as well as note that Windows Phone has now been “jailbroken.â€


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Windows Phone Software Reviews; Devices Compared

It definitely feels like things are clicking into gear for Windows Phone 7, as manufacturers ramp up plans, and developers continue to show interest. This week we’ll look at some developments, as well as note some useful posts online comparing devices and reviewing software, including video reviews of essential apps.


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Slow Initial Sales for Windows Phone; Games and Useful Apps

Early reports say that 40,000 Windows Phones were sold on the first day, which probably is less than expected. Also this week we’ll look at more of the software that’s available. And I’ll point you to a couple reviews, including an unboxing of the Dell Venue Pro.


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This weekend: Amazon selling Windows Phones for a penny

You can't beat the price. IntoMobile is reporting that Amazon is selling a couple different Windows Phones for a penny this weekend, with a 2-year contract. If you're considering going for a Windows Phone, this would be a good opportunity to jump.


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Windows Phone 7 Launches!

Windows Phone 7 devices finally became available in the U.S. yesterday, after a long wait. At launch there were three phones available from AT&T. This week we’ll review what’s available and where, note the special media offer that comes with the purchase of a new phone, and look at a few more of the features and apps.


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Windows Phone 7 Reviews, Gotchas, Software

Momentum continues to build toward the release of the first Windows Phone 7 devices on November 8. Press releases for new software are starting to flow in, and various sites are digging into the nitty gritty of these devices. This week we’ll survey some of these developments.


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In-Depth Reviews of Windows Phone 7 — The Good and the Bad

The reviews of Windows Phone 7 are pouring out — both of the software and the new devices. And they’re decidedly mixed. This week I’ll point you to some of those reviews, giving you a taste of what people like and don’t like. But in general, there’s recognition of the fact that the software is innovative and elegant.


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First Impressions of Windows Phones; Microsoft on the Rebound

I’ve lost my earlier skepticism and think that Microsoft is going to be a big player in the smartphone industry. This week we’ll look again at several of the new phones coming, including T-Mobile's offerings, as well as some of the early impressions.


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Windows Phone 7 Devices Announced, AT&T Phones Coming November 8

Finally the wraps are off the new Windows Phone 7 devices, with three models from AT&T launching on November 8, and two coming from T-Mobile later in the year. A total of nine new phones will be available in the U.S. in the coming months.


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Forthcoming HTC Windows Phone 7 Device, Videos of WP7

There’s now some question about an Oct. 11 launch, though bets are still on for that date and for a Nov. 8 release of phones by AT&T. This week I’ll also point you to some videos of Windows Phone 7, information about the HTC Spark, and other news about this forthcoming software.


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Windows Phone 7 Device Info Leaked, No Tethering, No CDMA This Year

Lots of information continues to surface about Windows Phone 7, including information on new devices, a video of the insanely great HTC Sense interface for WP7, and tidbits such as no support for tethering, and no CDMA version (Verizon, Sprint) this year.


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Getting Ready for Windows Phone 7

Rumors continue to fly, with some suggesting that Windows Phone 7 will launch on October 11. This week we’ll outline some of the sketchy information that’s coming to light, such as which models the carriers may be releasing and some of the imminent devices. We’ll also look at some guides that will help you make the transition to Windows Phone 7.


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Windows Phone 7 Software Now in Hands of Manufacturers

My weekly column returns after a hiatus of nearly two months. And just in time, because the world of Windows Phone 7 is heating up. Windows Phone 7 software is now in the hands of manufacturers, images of forthcoming devices are appearing online, and detailed reviews from those who’ve been using prototypes are being posted.


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Skepticism Mounts Regarding Microsoft’s Mobile Platform

I really hate to contribute to the mounting skepticism regarding whether Windows Phone 7 has a chance, because at a certain point it can become self-fulfilling. On the other hand, you as consumers need to make choices, so it’s important to be open about the issues. And those issues are: Will developers be motivated to create apps? Will manufacturers make the phones? And, Will Microsoft maintain a steadfast commitment to the mobile platform?


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The Story Behind the Death of the Kin Phones; Android Rising

In a shocking bit of news a week ago, Microsoft discontinued the Kin phone, leaving many to wonder what’s going on. Also, this week we’ll note the appearance of the latest and greatest Android phone, and will touch briefly on Microsoft’s confusing array of sync services.


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Windows Phone 7 Coming in October!

It’s not an official announcement, but the evidence, including a passing comment by a Microsoft exec, suggests that Windows Phone 7 will launch in October. This week we’ll also note more information about this forthcoming software, as well as yet another video demo on a prototype device. And we’ll cover the interesting news that Microsoft will be launching a new mobile OS for enterprise based on Windows Mobile 6.5.


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