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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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According to rumour, next week Facebook is to launch a new in-browser video chat based on Skype technology. The product has been built on Skype and will include a desktop component. It’s not clear to me whether that means it will just work if a user has Skype already installed on the computer, or if additional software will need to…

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(Image by monsmartphone.net) While various hacks and custom theme workarounds for developer-unlocked devices exist, a broader range of colours for WP7’s tiles is a perennial request from everyday users, and rumours have circulated that more customisation would be available in Mango. However, Joe Belfiore today stated in a tweet that no such customisation is forthcoming – not in Mango, at…

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While Mango may not be bringing more colours to WP7, the customisation options for developers remain broad. Saijo George, following on from several previous posts on custom themes, has posted a new tutorial on how to use registry edits to customise the background colour. A caveat, of course, is that this involves playing around with the registry, and shouldn’t be…

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After reportedly lacklustre advertising efforts in the French market, Microsoft (in concert with Orange) has launched not one, but two new online advertising campaigns for Windows Phone 7: the first playing up WP7’s Xbox Live integration and “Must Have” games, the second aimed at business users. The page linked to by the “Must Have” campaign opens with an advert for…

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Following on from the announcement that popular all-in-one instant messaging software IM+ was today submitted to WP7 Marketplace, WMPU reader Tej Palladino Peters asked whether this app would contain support for Windows Live Messenger. The answer? No. There have long been complaints about the “official” Messenger client, Messenger by Miyowa, and here, as with the removal of other Messenger clients,…

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Following on from the recent demonstrations of full Japanese support, on Friday 27th, Microsoft Korea unveiled the long-anticipated full Korean localisation on Mango at a VIP blogger event. As with the Japanese support, this appears to be full localisation and integration of the Korean language rather than simply an alphabet switch. Korean MSP Chan Heo (a finalist in the 2011…

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Although full Chinese support, as with Japanese and Korean, is expected in Mango, Tezawaly has found evidence of a HD7 ROM which seems to give Chinese language support without Mango. The OS build and firmware confirm that this isn’t Mango… The device was bought by Japanese WP7 user @Pandora_Grani from Yahoo Auctions Japan. The seller claimed to have bought it…

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The eagle-eyed folks at monsmartphone.net have noticed that the options page for Mango’s IE9 as seen in this video above (skip to the three-minute mark for the options) includes a new field – “default search engine”. It seems with Mango Microsoft are broadening the choices available for IE9’s search bar – and, potentially, the one-press search using the phone’s hardware…

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