Microsoft Windows Phone 7 to launch for the ‘holidays’ with plenty of hardware choices

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Microsoft has revealed additional hardware partners for their Windows Phone 7 OS, announcing that Dell and HTC are now on the list of manufactuers who will be making Windows Phone 7 phones. This is good news for the company, who have already got Asus, Samsung and LG to pony up a few devices. You can expect something from each of the companies before the year is out; while no set date on the official launch day of Windows Phone 7 is keeping us in suspense.

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Dell Lightning strikes with Windows Phone 7

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Not particularly impressed with the Dell Mini 3i? Don’t really want anything to do with the Dell Streak series? That doesn’t mean that the giant computer maker isn’t going to go after your smartphone dollars with yet another offering. In a very exciting move, it seems that we could be getting our hands on the Dell Lightning smartphone.

While the hardware looks pretty slick (and I’ll get into that a little further in just a moment), the real news is that this will be powered by Windows Phone 7. Windows Mobile has really fallen into the background these last couple of years, getting overshadowed by the iPhone, BlackBerry, and Android (and even webOS from Palm to an extent), so this could be a major boon for Microsoft.

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Windows Phone 7 developers get toolkit, app store closed like iTunes

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Why build applications when you’ve built the platform for the application? Developers will get 70 percent of each application sale and Microsoft 30 percent according to Microsoft’s announcement Monday, including a Windows Phone 7 application store and user interface.

At MIX 2010 Microsoft made it very clear what tools developers would need to start building for Windows Phone 7. With leaked information posted awhile back, it comes as no surprise that the application development will in fact be done in Silverlight and game development in XNA.

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Motorola open to launching Windows Phone 7 devices

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It’s no secret how Bill Gates views Google and its Android operating system. One fine afternoon Gates, while browsing the web discovered that Google was recruiting ex-Microsoft employees. That’s when the penny dropped – Google was competing with the ‘Big Boys’ in the OS market.

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Still alive: Windows Mobile 6.5 now Windows Phone Classic

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With the recent launch of Windows Phone 7 Series, many Windows Mobile 6.5 (and Windows Mobile 6.53) owners cringed at the thought they would be dropped without a second thought. Contrary to those thoughts, Microsoft has announced that the OS will stay on board and will be re-badged as Windows Phone Classic. Why? Well, it’s still popular and Microsoft doesn’t want to turn their back on such an important core group of users.

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Windows Phone 7 Series first look, HTC on-board, not enough cowbell

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Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer unveiled the companies next-generation of Windows for smartphones today: Windows Phone 7 Series. Microsoft is adapting to consumer demand and tailoring the new OS to have a “smart design” and integrated experiences between web and other applications. The have also have managed to bring Xbox Live games and Zune music and video to the mobile phone.

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HTC HD2 Smartphone Now Running Windows RT?

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When the HTC HD2 originally hit the market it was just an ordinary Windows Mobile 6.5 handset, nothing special or worth gawking at. Now, years later? The HD2 has continued to dodge the Grim Reaper by continuing to live on as a hackable device that allows would-be modders to push modern software onto the device.

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Nokia’s Lumia 920 Windows 8 Phone Leaked

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Earlier today we reported on the leaked HTC 8x, now comes yet another Windows Phone 8 device- this time by Nokia. Windows Phone is far from the leader of the mobile market, but WP8 has recently started to get more and more attention focused on it as of late. When it comes to WP devices, Nokia has certainly emerged as the de facto leader, pushing the WP standard to the highest level possible. The new Nokia Lumia 920 will likely not be any different. We don’t know tons about the upcoming phone yet, but we do have a little information about the hardware involved.

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