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Olly is an Electronic Engineering student and a Microsoft Student Partner. He is currently using a bright yellow HTC 8X.

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Forbes magazine have a piece up on HP’s recent canning of WebOS, and are spelling out what we in the community already suspect – that Microsoft and WP7 are likely to be the biggest beneficiaries of WebOS’s demise. In light of Google’s recent Motorola deal and Apple’s unwillingness to license its iOS to third parties, we believe that Microsoft will…

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Molly Wood stirred quite a lot of comment with her thoughts on Mango (a response to Brandon Watson’s WP7 challenge.) In response, software engineer Carl Camera has posted a step-by-step examination of her video, a spirited defence of WP7. I thought Camera made some good points, but seemed a bit eager to question Wood’s credentials rather than pointing out WP7’s…

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An anonymous WMPU tipster, responsible for many similar inquiries in the past, has sent an email to the AA (Automobile Association, for non-UK readers) asking if they have any plans to release the AA Breakdown and Traffic app for Windows Phone 7. The response by AA Publishing  was nonspecific, but encouraging, suggesting they were considering supporting the platform. While this…

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The US Army has completed its six-week field testing of three smartphone operating systems: Android, iOS and Windows Phone 7. Two of these will be selected for deployment, though it has not been announced which two. Mazzanti expects the Army will anoint two mobile operating systems for official use. That way, they can minimize software development needs while still offering…

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According to the Windows Team blog, the anticipated Samsung v.1.4 update is now shipping, as announced yesterday when the update finished testing. As I mentioned yesterday, we have been working to expedite the scheduling of the AT&T Samsung Focus v.1.4 update. I am happy to report updates are being delivered now for this phone. Please connect your Samsung Focus v.1.4…

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Instant messaging client IM+ – which earlier this month halved its asking price as well as adding Windows Live Messenger – now also has a free ad-supported version. The existing paid IM+, without adverts, is now called “IM+ Pro” in the Marketplace; those who already own the “Pro” version have received an update to version 1.2, which reportedly features improved…

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Anthony of Wonder Reader has posted a useful getaround for synchronising results from multiple Google Calendar accounts with Mango. While the ability to use multiple calendars from Windows Live accounts is a known capability, by default it’s not possible to do this with Google… So what’s going on here? As it turns out, Mango is perfectly capable of syncing multiple…

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Orange UK – soon to be known post-T-Mobile-merger as Everything Everywhere – is launching a new promotion for WP7, in which Orange subscribers can install one premium app for free every day in July. From the Orange press release: Orange today announced that it is working in conjunction with Microsoft to give its Windows Phone pay monthly and pay as…

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