The State of Windows Phone 7, Rumors of Nokia Partnership, Free App
There were lots of interesting reports and rumors the past couple weeks, including a rumor that Microsoft will partner with Nokia and that Windows Phone 7 will replace Nokiaâ€™s Symbian software. This week weâ€™ll take a look at sales of Windows Phone 7, note the latest on the data hog issue, look ahead to the features of the upcoming update, and point to a free app from Microsoft.
Will Nokia Adopt Windows Phone 7?
It may be rumor, but it was convincing enough that Nokiaâ€™s shares climbed all last week. Whatever happens, it sounds like a great idea.
According to a report in the New York Times, Nokiaâ€™s stock rose 4 percent on the rumors. The article said that Nokiaâ€™s share of the cell phone market has been losing ground as consumers increasingly shift to smartphones. And Microsoft is struggling to find a place for Windows Phone 7 in this highly competitive market.
So why not partner? Forbes posted an open letter from an investment analyst for a top German bank that strongly encouraged the companies to do just that.
The State of Windows Phone 7
So where do things stand, now that the platform has been out for three months? Microsoft announced recently that theyâ€™d sold 2 million Windows Phone 7 licenses to manufacturers. Some found that encouraging, others pointed out that we still donâ€™t have any idea how many phones have actually been sold. According to the Seattle Times, a product manager for T-Mobile says that theyâ€™re satisfied with their Windows Phone 7 sales. But Business Insider has reported that the older Windows Mobile 7 devices are actually outselling Windows Phone 7 devices.
In terms of the functionality and performance of Windows Phone 7 devices, Ars Technica has a great article giving a three-month report card for the new platform. The bottom line: it works well on a day-to-day basis, with an attractive and well thought out interface. But the writer complains that itâ€™s taken three months for the first update.
Data Usage Problem Traced to Yahoo Mail
After some Windows Phone 7 users kept complaining that their data usage was much higher than it should be, Microsoft eventually acknowledged that there was a problem and that they were trying to track it down.
And they finally did. The culprit is: Yahoo Mail. It sends 25 times more data than it should. Yahoo shot back, saying that the problem was Microsoftâ€™s nonstandard implementation of IMAP. Hopefully this will get fixed soon.
First Update Imminent
The first Windows Phone 7 update is imminent, and this blog post has a nice overview of whatâ€™s expected: mainly copy/paste and a speed boost. PocketNow has posted a video showing in an emulator how the copy/paste feature will work.
Microsoft Releases Free App for Windows Phone
Microsoft recently released Insider, which appears to be quite a useful app. It offers tips, tricks, and how-toâ€™s; points you to useful apps; gives you access to wallpapers; and lets you track your Twitter and Facebook updates.