How Ballmer’s Windows-dependency has helped kill Microsoft’s chance at tablet success

Microsoft built its business on the back of Windows, but by insisting that tablets use Windows, CEO Steve Ballmer Microsoft has helped kill its chances at succeeding with tablets. So concludes a recent article in Forbes, and I think it’s right on target.

The Fortune article, titled The problem with Microsoft…, says many of Microsoft’s current problems, including lagging in mobile and innovation, have been caused by CEO Steve Ballmer’s blind spots, including his too-heavy reliance on Windows for products for which it’s not well suited.
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CTIA Hit Orlando This Week Like a Hurricane. Some Amazing Products and Announcements

Hi all, this past week the CTIA (Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association, the International Association for Wireless Telecommunications Industry, basically the governing body for wireless communications) held its yearly spring convention in Orlando, Florida. Unfortunately, I was not able to go and give you a first hand account and look at all the new product and service announcements. So, I put together a summary of the companies that made the biggest splashes and the articles and videos I got them from (actually I drew from many articles but I have referenced the one article that I feel will give you the most info on the products). I know I normally don’t send you to link after link, however there was so much information that this article would have to be in two or three parts or 10 pages long. I figured it was better to give it to you all at once and you could peruse the products you had an interest in. The videos that are coming from YouTube will also give you the option of seeing more on the particular product.There will be some shockers (T-Mobile) and some “it’s about time”. Lastly, for that one person out there who knows who you are, I just want to say that there is no “cut and paste”. All this came from my little fingers. Please enjoy and let me know which of the new gadgets you think will be big winners.-Bill
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Smartphone OS shootout: Android vs. iOS vs. Windows Phone

Posted from Computerworld, Wirtten by Preston Gralla

The past year has been a remarkable one for smartphones, with the meteoric rise of Google’s Android OS, the restart of Microsoft’s mobile strategy with its much-ballyhooed release of Windows Phone 7 and the continuing success of Apple’s iPhone, buoyed by its new availability to Verizon subscribers. Never has there been so much choice in the smartphone market. As a result, hype and overstatement have been the order of the day.

Which smartphone operating system really is the best? More important, which one is best for you?

If you’re in the market for a new smartphone, choosing which one to buy has much to do with the operating system that runs the phone as with the hardware itself. To help you decide, I put the latest versions of the three top mobile operating systems through their paces: Android 2.3, Windows Phone 7 and iOS 4.3.

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First Windows Phone 7 Device for Sprint, HTC Arrive, Available Beginning March 20 for $199.99

New Windows Phone 7 phone brings the Start screen to life with Live Tiles for a glance-and-go experience; offers Xbox LIVE and Zune integration with Microsoft Office Mobile

Starting today, customers can pre-order HTC Arrive at any Sprint Store;
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Available from Sprint on March 20, the HTC Arrive™ smartphone (announced by HTC globally as HTC 7 Pro) offers the Windows Phone 7, glance-and-go experience combined with an innovative design that features a sliding full QWERTY keyboard and tilt-up display. Its unique Start screen with Hubs gives easy access to the user’s most valuable content and customizable Live Tiles come to life with real-time updates from the Web.

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Windows Phone 7 devices may be leaking 3G data, Kin-like online features on the way

Users of Windows Mobile 7 devices are reporting heavy 3G data usage while their phones are idle, something that could pose a problem for those with limited data plans.

But at least there may be some good news on the horizon for Windows Phone users: A recent interview with Microsoft’s Aaron Woodman hinted that some of the cool online features from Microsoft’s failed Kin phones may make it to Windows Phone’s Live online service.

The 3G data usage problem still hasn’t been confirmed by Microsoft, but it definitely seems to be affecting a number of users, who say their phones are using multiple megabytes of data while idling. Even worse, the phones appear to be ignoring WiFi connections — meaning you’re not even safe when on your home network. Read the rest of this entry »

Paramount Films with Bonuses Hit Windows Phone

Ten Paramount Digital Entertainment films will be released for the Windows Phone 7, starting with School of Rock Dec. 14, the studio said.

Using Microsoft Silverlight technology, the films will have full menus, bonus features and other extras not available on other platforms, the studio said. Zoolander, Waiting for Superman and GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra are among the other films Paramount will release in the United States and internationally through 2011.
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Dell Venue Pro delayed until January 6th?

The Dell Venue Pro has had a pretty interesting life so far, including an (extremely) initial limited release, WiFi problems, leaks, and finally an official widespread ship date: December 9th. Unfortunately, it looks like those of us eager to give the portrait-sliding Venue Pro a try will be waiting longer than anticipated. Many customers that pre-ordered the device are reporting that Dell has pushed their shipping date back to January 6th with no solid explanation for the delay. People have been getting a handful of different explanations for the delay from Dell, including “excessive demand” and parts problems, and some customers haven’t even been notified of the delay. Dell hasn’t officially commented on the issue.
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T-Mobile myTouch 4G vs. HTC HD7 Dogfight Part 1&2

It’s a battle between Android and Windows Phone 7! Aaron pits the HTC HD7 and T-Mobile myTouch 4G against each other in an epic dogfight. On one hand, you have Android, which is a more mature platform with a stocked Market. On the other hand, you have Windows Phone 7, which while new, is an awesome OS and a huge change from Windows Mobile.

Two awesome devices, one carrier – which one will prevail? We’ll find out.

LG Quantum Review Pt. 1&2

The LG Quantum is one of the initial Windows Phone 7 devices on AT&T. It offers a 1 GHz processor, 3.5-inch display, and a 5-megapixel camera. There are a few minor irritations like the placement of the shift and function keys on the keyboard, but the decent battery life makes up for it. It’s available now for $199.99.

The Best Smartphone on Every Platform

The most important thing about your next phone isn’t what carrier it’s on, how big the screen is, or even who makes it. It’s the platform, stupid. So here are the best phones on every platform.

iOS: iPhone 4 (32GB)

Duh. While you can pick up an iPhone 3GS on the cheap, there’s no reason to. Saving $100, you lose out on the iPhone 4′s frankly a-mazing screen, killer camera, faster speed (for better gaming) and FaceTime. When it comes to iOS, there is only one choice: iPhone 4. And really you should get the 32GB model. Why? Because apps, HD video and 5-megapixel photos can take a lot of space, and you’re gonna be stuck with this thing for two years.
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