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Pocketnow covers the latest smartphone and Windows Phone 7-related news from MIX, an annual event held by Microsoft every year in Las Vegas. The First MIX event was held in 2006. Developers and designers attend to see Microsoft show it's latest software and developer tools. Usually shown off is the latest in Silverlight, Internet Explorer, Expression Studio and Windows Phone 7.

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    Since hearing about the HTC Ignite, we've been expecting a change to Microsoft's chassis specs for Windows phone devices, authorizing the use of an 800MHz processor like the Ignite's. This week at MIX, Microsoft has revealed one such new spec profile, featuring support for lower-speed chips, implementing the new sensor we heard about, and running a higher-performance graphics accelerator. It looks like Microsoft is really approaching spec revision with kid gloves, as all-in-all, very little is changing compared to previous hardware requirements. The biggest change is in the new choice of ...

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    Part of Microsoft's announcements today regarding developer access to new Windows Phone 7 functions and capabilities focused on direct hardware support. The company said that it would be giving coders hardware access to components including the smartphone's camera and on-board sensors like gyroscopes and compasses. Problem is, it turns out that there just isn't gyro hardware on-board the current wave of Windows Phone 7 devices, so what are they going to when apps start looking for gyro input? Next-gen WP7 smartphones, those designed from the ground up for Mango, will include gyroscope ...

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    A little under a year ago, still months before Windows Phone 7 would launch, one of Skype's VPs announced that the company had no interest in porting its VoIP software to the platform, saying that it wanted its resources focused on iOS, Android, and Symbian versions of Skype. Now that WP7 is well-established and growing its user base, it looks like Skype has changed its tune, as Microsoft has announced that Skype for Windows Phone 7 is currently in the works. While highlighting for developers at MIX what new features are coming to WP7, Microsoft's Joe Belfiore revealed that the Skype port ...

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    Part of the big appeal of Windows Phone 7, at least from a developer's perspective, is being able to code for a nice, uniform hardware base. With Microsoft setting standards for what hardware is required to run WP7, developers can worry less about optimizing code for low-end devices, or not being able to support them at all. While this has created a selection of devices that tends to lack innovation, we can't deny that there's some merit to the decision. That's why it's so odd to think about how Microsoft may be about to throw that conformity out the window, releasing the strict controls ...

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    Are you ready to see what's next from HTC? That's just what the company promises to deliver at an upcoming press event, notifications for which are just going out now. The fun is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, April 12 in London. What could HTC be planning to reveal? Just last week we spotted the EVO 3D in what looked like a GSM configuration on the company's site. At the time, HTC was denying that such a phone existed, though pre-orders and the enthusiastic tweets of HTC France left us unconvinced. Could this event be to properly announce the non-Sprint version of the EVO 3D? We've ...

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    On of our readers, Kevin B, created a simple video player for us to try running in the Windows Phone 7 Emulator in Visual Studio. He found that he was able to keep the video playing in the background while he poked around in other areas of the phone. We were able to recreate this, as shown in the video below. What's going on here? Isn't Windows Phone 7 Series not supposed to support multitasking for third-party apps? Yeah, we thought so. Our best guess is that the app is tapping into the native video player on the device, which does support multitasking (imagine starting a video in Zune, ...

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    In a move that will raise a few eyebrows, Microsoft has confirmed at the MIX developers conference that Windows Phone 7 Series will not have copy and paste functionality. According to Engadget, "There is a data-detection service built into the text-handling API that will recognize phone numbers and addresses, but Microsoft says most users, including Office users, don't really need clipboard functionality." We're hoping that the move to cut copy and paste features at this point is due to the time constraint of pushing out Windows Phone 7 Series devices by the holiday shopping season and not ...

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    According to Microsoft, a new DRM code that is different than what is available for apps purchased today on Marketplace for Mobile for Windows Mobile 6.x will be used for the new Marketplace for Windows Phone 7 Series. The new DRM code will make it more secure for developers to protect their rights and combat app piracy while still providing an easy to use experience for consumers. We'll try to find out more about DRM on Windows Phone 7 Series Marketplace and apps, but for now, just know that it's a different standard that's probably a lot more tough to crack than what is used today on ...

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    Marketplace for Mobile was initially introduced for Windows Mobile 6.x devices with the launch of Windows Mobile 6.5, and since then, Microsoft has allowed consumers to purchase apps and games via the web browser on the desktop or on device. With Windows Phone 7 Series, things are going to change a bit. Still present is the convenience of on-device app purchase through Marketplace for Windows phone 7 Series on the device, but desktop apps, games, music, and videos will be handled by the Zune Dorado client. We asked Microsoft during our personal time with the company's representatives about ...

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    One of the great features for Windows Mobile is a true file management system that allows users to handle files seamlessly, whether they be Office files or multimedia files on mobile. However, with the new user experience introduced with Windows Phone 7 Series, Microsoft's Mobile Communications Business Senior Director Todd Brix has revealed to us that the company will enable a different methodology for file management on the next-generation mobile OS. Rather than have the traditional File Explorer, Microsoft will hide all the file structure from end-users, much like the iPhone, and ...

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    We had quite the revealing conversation with Todd Brix--Senior Director, Product Management Mobile Communications Business at Microsoft--who told us that there will be quite a few ways to synchronize data to and from your Windows Phone 7 Series. Brix told us that contacts, calendars, and emails will be handled by some client or methodology on the device and can synchronize with the cloud; music, movies, apps, and games will be handled through a desktop client; and there is still an unannounced way to handle Office Mobile files. Microsoft will allow users to wirelessly synchronize their ...

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    Microsoft has made mention of push notifications at both GDC and now at MIX10, but what exactly will the service and technology entail? First, there will be three types of push notifications: updates to the Live Tile on the Start screen, a "toast" update--as seen by the blue pop up bar at the top of the screen, and also within the app. Microsoft is pushing the benefits of push by these three methods by saying that it is giving end users choice and customization on how they want their push data communicated; however, with three methods for push notifications and data being distributed ...

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    With Windows Phone 7 Series, Microsoft made quite a few sacrifices as far as "power" features of Windows Mobile as a tradeoff to creating what the company is framing as a powerful user experience for consumers. Gone are removable memory cards, skinning and UI overlays, multitasking, and different methods to install and load apps onto the device. New, and much welcomed, is a platform that breaks away from fragmentation and provides a very consumer-oriented experiencing. As a loyalist to the platform, and a power user, do you feel ignored by Microsoft as the company turns its focus to ...

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    Further revealing its plans for Marketplace for Windows Phone 7 Series--the official and only destination for most to get apps, games, and music for their devices--Microsoft is stating that it will set "guidance and certifications" for applications submitted to Marketplace. While exact details of what the approval process would entail are not available at this time, Microsoft is stating that it is taking a middle of the road approach, providing clear, set expectations to developers and in turn will be providing users with a consistent and high user experience. Unlike the iPhone's ...

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    Although Microsoft had stated that the new Marketplace for Windows Phone 7 Series will be the only source for consumers to purchase and install applications for their Windows Phone 7 Series, with one exception, we were able to find out that it is possible to sideload applications onto Windows Phone 7 Series devices. First, though, the exception that Microsoft mentions is that it is examining possible ways for enterprise customers who may want to deploy custom vertical market apps for their employees without having to go through the Marketplace. Later, when we met to speak with company ...

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