Microsoft Looks To Improve Windows Mobile Music

Microsoft is well aware that one of the key allures of Apple’s iPhone is its music-playing abilities. To counteract that, the software giant said it will focus on improving the music features on its Windows Mobile operating system for smartphones.

“One thing that Apple has leveraged on is the music scenario, and I think that is something the operators and ourselves are partnering on, just to make sure that consumers can use live music in the best way,” Andy Lees, senior VP of Microsoft’s Mobile Business Communication, told Reuters.

Well, iPhone makes a lot of profit for Apple by those iTunes stores. Apple has provided amazing music experience on their ipods and iphones. Now, microsoft is also thinking of providing similar experience to the users.

The current version of the WMP mobile does no justice to the experience provided by it’s desktop brother. True, this is a mobile device, but, it’s user experience is no way even near to the experience provided in the iphone and ipod touch. Anyway, better late than never.

Full article at information week

WebIS Flexmail 4 released!

FlexMail 4 is a full-featured award-winning (2004/2005/2006/2007) Email application that works with your device’s built-in Messaging client to provide the best Exchange and IMAP connectivity available on Windows Mobile! Use FlexMail to improve your ActiveSync or SMS messaging with our multiple signature support, multiple folder searches, and cross-account email copies and moves. Use FlexMail to connect with the best IMAP feature-set on Windows Mobile with easy to configure yet powerful folder settings. Set each folder to download differently, notify of new messages, and get email using PUSH use IMAP IDLE.

FlexMail 4 is a major upgrade from FlexMail 2007 and offers many huge changes including:

* Better IMAP features support (server search to filter messages, server-side messages parsing, more message operations done over IDLE, single attachment download etc.)
* Supports MMS on most devices
* IMAP server folders redesign (more settings, easier to use) Continue reading “WebIS Flexmail 4 released!”

Resco Explorer 2008 for Pocket PCs released!

The best file explorer for the windows mobile professional devices just got better. This new version focus on the touch navigation.

New Features:

Full touch optimization
Letter bar navigation
Virtual Folders for all documents
Quick-search bar
The Quick Search Function
Advanced Network Settings

Key Features:

Recycle Bin
FTP add-in
ZIP compression
Network browser
Registry editor (import / export / search)
Multi-language user interface
Navigation without stylus
Press’n’hold context menu
System info
Drag’n’Drop feature
search file/text in file
Folder Properties recursive file attribute setting
File Types Highlighting
Status bar
File decryption in memory
quick “send to folder”
favorites quick folder access
built-in viewer (text, jpg, png, bmp, gif…)
file association
format storage card(s)
send more files via IrDA (OBEX)
square screen devices supported
strong file encryption
encryption add-in for desktop PC
“Send To” add-in for desktop PC
Today Plugin with Task Manager

Do I recommend the upgrade? Yes! I straight away bought it and have been amazed to see how well the touch navigation works. Review is in the tunnel

Firefox version 3.0 RC2 released

Firefox 3 is based on the Gecko 1.9 Web rendering platform, which has been under development for the past 34 months. Building on the previous release, Gecko 1.9 has more than 14,000 updates including some major re-architecting to provide improved performance, stability, rendering correctness, and code simplification and sustainability. Firefox 3 has been built on top of this new platform resulting in a more secure, easier to use, more personal product with a lot more under the hood to offer website and Firefox add-on developers.

Grab your copy here

Windows Search 4.0 avaliable now!

es, it is out of ‘preview’ and final version of Windows Search 4.0 is available.


So, what’s new in this release?

First and foremost: we’ve introduced some performance and reliability improvements. Queries are faster, as is indexing – how much faster depends on your machine and your data. Improved reliability means that system failures won’t get in the way of the indexer and all of your data will be scanned and available for searches.

We’ve also extended remote index discovery, also known as PC-to-PC searches, which allows data to be searched quickly and efficiently across machines running Windows Search 4.0. This means that Windows Vista-to-Windows XP or Windows Vista-to-Windows Server 2008 queries are now possible.

Additionally, Windows Search 4.0 offers manageability improvements that IT Pros should take note of.

For starters, we have extended Group Policy to control more aspects of search functionality and made this control more granular with per-user policies. You can use Group Policy Objects to control how desktop search accesses remote resources – such as Microsoft Exchange Server resources or file shares – to manage network utilization.

Interestingly, Windows vista users will see it as recommended update, while XP users will see it as optional update

Link: Microsoft Download center

Acer, MSI join the Ultra-portable Notebook game

Computer makers Acer and MSI Computer on Tuesday introduced sub-$500 mini-notebooks powered by Intel’s new Atom processor.

The MSI Wind has an 10-inch display and weighs 2.6 pounds. Acer’s Aspire One has an 8.9-inch display and weighs nearly 2.1 pounds. Intel’s 1.6-MHz Atom processor powers both computers.The MSI Wind, which uses the Intel 945 GMS chipset for graphics and other tasks, includes 1 GB of memory, an 80-GB hard drive, a webcam, wifi and bluetooth.

The Windows XP version of the Wind has a manufacturer suggested retail price of $499. A Linux-based model will cost $399.

The Acer Aspire One, which uses Intel’s Graphics Media Accelerator 950 chipset, includes an 8.9-inch LED display with the same resolution as the Wind, 512 MB of memory, and Wi-Fi support. The machine does not include Bluetooth support. The machine is available with either Linux or Windows XP. Pricing starts at $379.

So, Asus EEE has even more competitors now. The competition is becoming more fiercer thanks to the very successful Asus EEE 701

Want HTC Touch Diamond with keyboard?

No, it is not Christmas yet ;) HTC has rolled out HTC Touch Pro today which has everything the Touch Diamond posses plus better battery and a keyboard! It has everything you expect from a modern device. It is little thicker than Touch Diamond, but, hey, this has a 5-row QWERTY keyboard 8)

Here is the actual press release

The HTC Touch Pro brings together elegant touch screen response with the direct precision of keyboard entry leaving out nothing to deliver a powerhouse communication tool in a beautiful, compact design.

The 2.8-inch VGA touch screen provides four times the resolution of most smart devices, making email, documents and web pages sharper and easier to work with than ever before. Continue reading “Want HTC Touch Diamond with keyboard?”

Styletap now supports iPhone and iPod Touch!

StyleTap today officially confirmed that they plan to bring a version of its StyleTap CrossPlatform environment to the iPhone and the iPod touch platform. The move will essentially bring thousands of Palm OS apps over to the new iPhone platform. StyleTap Palm iPhone

Back in February StyleTap released a video demo of the StyleTap running Palm OS apps on a iPod Touch. The company says they have been overwhelmed by the level of interest and the video has been viewed over 800,000 times.

“The iPhone is one of the hottest new mobile devices out there,” said Gregory Sokoloff, CEO of StyleTap Inc., “And the response to our video has convinced us that many, many consumers, and companies, will eagerly jump at the change to buy iPhone devices if they can continue to run their must-have applications.”

According to the company technically, StyleTap CrossPlatform is an excellent fit with the iPhone, as the powerful processor and large screen allows applications written for Palm OS devices to run at full speed and at full screen resolution. The iPhone touch screen technology works in a very natural way with mobile applications originally designed for touch screen devices.

Continue reading “Styletap now supports iPhone and iPod Touch!”

mDesktop: control your device from desktop and more!

Everything you do with your Windows Mobile smartphone you can now do from your PC – on your big screen, big keyboard and complete integration with your desktop.

With mDesktop on your PC and Windows Mobile smartphone connected to it you can:

  • make outgoing calls from the smartphones address book
  • manage incoming ones with ease from your desktop
  • have threaded SMS conversations
  • manage images
  • manage calendar and contacts straight on your phone, no synchronization required
  • Continue reading “mDesktop: control your device from desktop and more!”

    New Concept version of Netfront avaliable

    I just heard from Access, makers of the Netfront browser for Windows Mobile, that a new concept version is now available for their browser.  Netfront was the most full-function browser for a long time on the Windows Mobile platform but we saw a very long period of inactivity until recently.  The new version of Netfront has the following features:

    • Speed improvements
    • Better navigation
    • Animated zoom
    • Page map
    • Column rendering

    This pre-release version carries the following restrictions:

    • The trial period for this software expires on August 31, 2008
    • Plug-ins are not supported
    • No technical support is available for this concept version
    • If NetFront Browser is installed on external storage, the application’s behavior becomes unstable when the device is turned on or off
    • Integrated Windows Authentication for IIS is not supported

    You can find more information (including a video) and download the trial at the Netfront web site.