Samsung Focus (Omnia 7) running Windows Phone 7 destined for AT&T November 8th

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Windows Phone 7 is a pretty big deal for the boys and girls in Redmond, Washington. Windows Mobile hasn’t exactly been the most popular of mobile platforms, so WP7 could represent quite the revival for Microsoft. When is that going to happen? For AT&T folks, one of the biggest dates to circle is November 8th.

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Ballmer promises Windows-powered tablets before end of year

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The Apple iPad has quickly become ubiquitous and Android tablets will surely enjoy some popularity too. Not to sit idly by, Steve Ballmer is quick to point out that Microsoft has its stake in this arena too. He’s promising that the “new slates with Windows on them” will be shown off to world this Christmas.

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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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Ballmer: Microsoft “hardcore” tablet to play nice with enterprise

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Don’t think that Microsoft is going to sit idly by as Apple enjoys its lion’s share of success with the iPad. In fact, Steve Ballmer is going so far as to say that his company is going “hardcore” with its approach to tablets.

More specifically, the emotionally charged Microsoft suit was at the Worldwide Partners Conference in Seattle when he said that they will be offering a wide variety of choice for Windows-based tablets, leading us to believe that we may not get a Microsoft-branded tablet, per se. Instead, they’ll be working with hardware partners for that.

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Microsoft scraps Kin after 2 months

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After just under two months on the US market, Microsoft will discontinue production of their Kin One and Two mobile phones. Contributing factors are presumed to be poor sales and a shifting of focus towards the company’s Windows Mobile 7 operating system. The Redmond-based computer software giant, confirmed the remaining stock in the US will continue to be sold until the channel runs dry, although the planned fall release for the two Kin devices has officially been halted.

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Apple the new alpha dog in tech

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In only one month Microsoft lost a $25 billion lead over Apple in market capitalization, dropped behind by $3 billion, gave Apple the alpha dog status of tech, and all the leverage and power that comes with the sought after top spot.

This is not news to consumers who continue to eagerly mob Apple’s hot new iPhone and iPad models; Microsoft’s consumer products business continues to struggle for every breath. Their decline was underlined by the past weeks of market instability, bringing down the former heavyweight champ’s shares 15%, while Apple’s stock is down just over 6%.

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Microsoft Kin One and Kin Two: Specs and perspective

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The journey has taken longer than any of us expected, but that whole “Project Pink” business at Microsoft finally emerged as something real yesterday when the company revealed the Microsoft Kin line of mobile phones. This release follows the acquisition of Danger and a partnership with Verizon, Sharp, and Vodafone.

To usher in its freshman foray into self-branded cell phone hardware, Microsoft is going to offer two different handsets at launch: the Kin One and the Kin Two. You may have once known these by their respective codenames during the Project Pink development: Turtle and Pure.

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Microsoft Hohm platform helps Ford electric cars recharge better

The Focus Electric will be the first Ford vehicle using the Microsoft Hohm energy management application via a joint solution from Ford and Microsoft Hohm. Ford is the first automaker announcing the use of Microsoft Hohm.

The whole electric vehicle movement could use a good boost and it seems that Ford is partnering with Microsoft on that front. As you know, many Ford vehicles are already equipped with Microsoft SYNC to handle all sorts of multimedia and other functions, but this partnership is going further.

The newest thing to show up in Ford cars is something called Microsoft Hohm. This platform is aimed to “help future owners of Ford’s electric vehicles optimize the way they recharge their vehicle and better manage their home’s energy use.” Hohm is an “energy management application” and it will first be seen in the Focus Electric some time next year. With Hohm, owners can determine “when and how to most efficiently and affordably recharge battery electric (BEV) and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) vehicles.”

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Microsoft Courier vs. Apple iPad, who will be the farest of them all?

Apple iPad and Microsoft Courier, two very different devices in what appears to be a similar class of products.

What was known to only a few key engineers at Microsoft was leaked earlier this month and referred to as the iPad killer. We now have more information on the Microsoft Courier, and it appears to be a good contender in the emerging segment of tablet devices. But is it a tablet, a digital journal, or a tablet and a digital journal all rolled into one? Perhaps its part of a new segment of devices named Smartbooks. Regardless of what it is, Microsoft is going up against Apple and their latest offering: the iPad.

The Courier is in fact a digital journal and its goal – will wonders never cease – is in fact to make folders and diaries obsolete. If you’re in class or attending a power lunch and even writing down an important individual’s phone number, scribbling on the palm of your hand or a napkin is unnecessary. It looks like paper might just be a thing of the past sooner rather then later. Which is a good thing, because more trees, equals more oxygen for all of us.

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Microsoft releases Tag app for the Android

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The smartphone war just got a little bit more interesting, as Microsoft just launched its first app for the Android OS of their nemesis Google, which makes the app release all the more puzzling. This new app release clouds the landscape of the conflict between Apple, Google, and Microsoft in regard to their respective smartphones.

According to the Washington Post, the app Microsoft released on the Android is Tag, an app also released on the iPhone, Windows Mobile, J2ME, Blackberry and Symbian S60 platforms.

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Sci-Fi meets reality with the Microsoft Mobile Surface

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It’s no secret that many modern technological marvels have roots in science fiction movies. Microsoft’s latest creation reflects quite literally computer panels from cult entertainment TV shows like Star Trek. As a continuation of our Sixth Sense technology is coming, Microsoft demos Surface-based NUI report, we now have concept images of Microsoft’s multitouch table computer called the Mobile Surface.

Zhengyou Zhang, a researcher from Microsoft’s Research Labs in Redmond, is collaborating with Chunhui Zhang, from Microsoft’s Research Labs in Asia on the Mobile Surface project.

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Microsoft still going ahead with Project Pink phone?

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A few days ago, we caught our first glimpse of Windows Phone 7 and we assumed it would represent the immediate future of Microsoft-powered smartphones. As it turns out, there could be an alternate path for the Redmond, Washington giant too. Remember Project Pink? Apparently, that’s still a go.

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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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