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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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    Microsoft gave us a little bit more of how that strategy plays with multitasking on Windows Phone 7 Series in our conversation with company representatives. According to the company, basic apps, such as email and music, can run in the background so you can listen to a song and check your emails at the same time. For other apps--mainly third-party apps--the short answer is that there won't be multitasking, as we know it currently in Windows Mobile, won't be there. The long answer is that apps will continue to run in the background and when users return to the Start screen, the event would ...

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    We spotted a curious Dell logo, which appears blurry in the top left of the right column in the photo, on the Windows Phone booth at MIX10. Although Microsoft wasn't very forthcoming with details, stating that they know of little of what Dell's intentions are except that the company has signed on for Windows Phone 7, the potential for Dell's return to Microsoft's side of the arena would mark an interesting reunion for the two companies. Dell was a licensee of Windows Mobile and had launched the Axim line, which was seen as a transformative product for the industry at the time by adding in ...

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    Earlier we showed you how Internet Explorer works on Windows Phone 7 Series looks and feels. Digging a little deeper into the emulator, we find that we can change the color scheme and text color from the Settings menu. From here, you can also change region and time settings, although these areas aren't yet complete.

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    We're at MIX10 and the good news is that there's a lot of chatter and excitement over hardware and what different hardware partners will be offering when the devices come to market "in time for the holiday season." Microsoft is also creating standardized experiences, and we're proud of the company for taking accountability and responsibility to build, grow, and nurture the platform. However, with all the centralization that is happening around Windows Phone 7 Series, the question worth asking is if hardware partners are merely commodities in an already highly competitive and crowded ...

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    We were just in a Silverlight interview with Microsoft and asked more about SlingPlayer Mobile as Sling Media was stated as a launch partner for Windows Phone 7 Series. Connecting the dots would have us believing that streaming services of the place-shifting Slingbox and SlingPlayer technology would also use Silverlight, like the Netflix demo. Sling Media had previously committed on a native app for several platforms and said that on other platforms--mobile included--that a Flash app would be used. However, as a launch partner, with the potential for apps to be available at launch of ...

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    We just spoke with Microsoft, who once again confirmed that the HTC HD2 will be left out of the Windows Phone 7 Series upgrade path, as will most--if not all--current generation devices. The reason being the hard-standed requirements on the 3 buttons--Start, back, and search. While many HTC HD2 users will be upset by the fact that they will not be able to move their devices forward to the next-generation OS, I understand--and appreciate--Microsoft's decision on this as it does create and enhance the user experience to have a consistent 3-button arrangement. Users who purchase any mobile ...

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    In this video we take you on a tour of the internet browser for Windows Phone 7 Series devices. We do this through the emulator included with developer tools released today from Microsoft. Our first impression of the browser is that it's easy to use, fast, and it looks good too. It's easy to switch between multiple open tabs, or to add a favorite website to the Start screen. The zoom function is wicked fast, and so is panning across a webpage. Thanks for your patience while the HD processes.

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    If you're a developer (or just a curious end-user), you may want to get your mits on this 69-page PDF that walks through, in detail, the design elements of the WP7S operating system. It goes through screenshots of pretty much every program, specifying the various buttons, toggle switches, radio buttons, and drop down styles that are possible on the platform. Click on to download the PDF, and happy developing.

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    With Marketplace for Mobile on Windows Phone 7 Series, Microsoft will be giving developers an option to offer a trial on their software. Presumably this means that the app will expire after X uses or X period of time. This is huge. Why? No other smartphone app marketplace can do this. Most of the time there is a free version AND a full version. The problem with this model is that the free versions often lack the full richness of the main application, thus giving the user a "half" experience. My guess is that most users never upgrade to the full application after downloading and using the ...

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    Here's a closer look a the app store for Windows Phone 7 Series. It's organized with the Metro panoramic interface that lets you go through various categories and featured panels. One of the coolest features of the Marketplace is the built-in Trial function. You can use the software before you buy it, something that no other smartphone app marketplace offers. Developers can stipulate the length of trials, plus other details. Take a look at the below video capture by Engadget.

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    Thus far it seems that Windows Phone 7 Series will operate much like the iPhone for multitasking. While programs probably can't run in the background, they can show push notifications (even if they're shut down) much like you see above, from the demo of a soccer program. You'll get a little strip on the top of the screen that will show up in any program.

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    This should appease the many Netflix subscribers among you. There will be a Netflix app that uses the elegant Metro interface from Windows Phone 7 Series. You can manage your queue, stream movies, and get new movie recommendations. Pretty cool stuff.

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    We're getting very excited by the development picture for Windows Phone 7 Series. The apps we're seeing seem to be very rich. Here's a more comprehensive list of companies that will release apps for WP7S, with some additional screenshot below. And yes, there will be a Windows Phone 7 Pandora app =D. - The Associated Press - Archetype International - AWS Convergence Technologies -- Weatherbug - Citrix Systems - Clarity Consulting - Cypress Consulting - EA Mobile - Fandango - Foursquare - frog design - Glu Mobile - Graphic.ly - Hudson Entertainment - IdentityMine - IMDB - Larva Labs - ...

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    So developers can choose whether they want their apps to look match the Metro interface of WP7S, or they can go with a totally different design approach. Here's a look a three third party apps built with Silverlight, shown at the keynote at MIX10. This first app from AP uses the Metro interface, complete with pivots and large text menu options. You can filter by news category, read a story, or view multimedia features such as image galleries. It also ties in to the AP's commenting system, so you can comment on articles right from your device. Then, they showed off a journal application ...

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    Joe Belfiore is on stage at MIX10 right now, and he's showing different screens on Windows Phone 7 Series that we haven't yet seen before. To start, on the Start screen, you can tap and hold any tile and either move it or delete it. To delete, you'll be presented with a broken heart. To add tiles, it seems that any tile that is "addable" will have a heart icon in the application bar. Here's another view of email, which lets you pivot between different filters. Joe elaborated on the app bar, which shows you commonly used commands on the bottom in graphical form. To get more menu commands, ...

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