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Windows Phone 8 Released : Here's an excellent video showing new features and why it is better than your Apple's and Android's

There is no doubt that Microsoft Modern UI works wonderfully on phones - it's simple, modern and intuitive. Microsoft today officially released the Windows Phone 8 upgrade to there mobile OS platform. To get the word across they have created an excellent video (posted below) comparing Apple iOS and Google Android with Windows Phone 8 in real world situations. After watching the video one can surely say it did succeed to get the message across - why Windows Phone 8 is better option.

Microsoft Windows Phone 8 officially announced, no upgrade for existing Windows Phone users...

Windows Phone 8

I personally use iOS, Android and Windows Phone mobile devices and would definitely put my vote in favor or "Windows Phone 7.5" for common non-tech, day-to-day, cellphone usage. Microsoft kept the "new release" announcement momentum going after unveiling the Microsoft Surface tablet computer, with revelation of successor to its popular Windows Phone 7 - the all new, company's next generation mobile operating system "Windows Phone 8".

The announcement revealed only the new core platform capabilities and no end-user features were disclosed apart from the fact that Windows Phone 8 comes with a newer Start Screen allowing users to re-size the tiles and customize their colors. To start the new mobile OS will feature support for multi-core processors having upto 64 cores, support for two new screen resolutions—1280x768 and 1280x720, support for removable MicroSD cards, NFC wireless sharing, Internet Explorer 10, Digital Wallet, Better maps and directions with integrated Nokia Maps and more. Details and videos posted after the jump

Windows Phone 8 Main Screen

Sadly, the announcement also comes with some bad news for existing Windows Phone device owners. Microsoft has now confirmed existing users won't be able to upgrade to Windows Phone 8 citing the fact that the new core-features are not tailored to work with legacy device hardware. However, another update "Windows Phone 7.8" will allow existing users to upgrade and enjoy the new Start Screen with ability to re-size tiles and color customizations.

Free Official Skype App For Windows Phone

Much awaited Skype app for Windows Phone is finally available for download, this official app supports free voice and video calls over Skype-network on a 4G, 3G or WiFi internet connection. Apart from Skype-to-Skype and Skype-to-landline/cellphones calls, users can also participate in one-to-one and group chats, the overall easy to use Metro user interface is maintained to offer a clean and simple experience.

Skype For Windows Phone 7

Fixing Microsoft Zune Software Setup Error

Zune ErrorEvery Windows Phone 7.X requires the Microsoft Zune software suite to manage and configure the phone from PC, after downloading the massive 100 MB setup the installer threw the following error. The solution was rather simple but frustrating as it required completely uninstalling the already finished install using the FixIt solution provided (download link after the jump), and re-installing the software.

Zune Error

Ziggy - Windows Phone Alternative To Apple iPhone Siri

The only worth talking-about feature in Apple iPhone 4S is without a doubt the virtual voice assistant "Siri", while the popularity of this feature has caused many ports and hacks on other devices like "Spire", Android Speaktoit and in-works "Google Majel" why should "Windows Phone 7" be left aside. Thanks to new free (also adfree), virtual voice assistant application "Ask Ziggy" downloadable from "Windows Marketplace" this is now possible.

Ask Ziggy makes use of renowned Nuance speech-to-text analysis and natural-language-processing (NLP) technology coupled with advance web scraping and mash-up techniques to offer a worthy experience, a demonstration video is available after the jump.

Experience New Metro UI And Test Drive Windows Phone 7.5 Mango OS On Your Android or Apple Device

While Windows Phone 7 is not as popular as iOS or Google Android, the mobile-operating-system is gaining numbers every day and have been receiving rare praises from it's users thanks to the tile based "Metro User Interface". Citing the popularity Microsoft is betting high on the new "Metro UI" and will also feature same in it's upcoming Windows 8 Desktop OS, to provide other mobile-OS users a hands-on experience to the metro mobile interface the Microsoft team has created an demonstration enabling users to try our things from their Android or iOS devices.

Windows Phone 7.5 Mango Metro UI

GeoHot Offered Free "Windows Phone 7" By Dev Team To Let Him Jailbreak And Develop Upon

WP7 Jailbreak

Unlike Sony and Apple, Microsoft is actually encouraging (or having a soft spot) for jail-breaking their mobile-phone, impressed by Microsoft's approach with ChevronWP7 jailbreakers (they called them to Redmond and gifted them the T-Shirt shown below) jail-breaking star GeoHot posted "perhaps a more appropriate way to deal with jailbreakers, I’m going out to buy a Windows 7 phone" on his website which resulted in some rather interesting response from Windows Mobile 7 Dev Experience Team Director "Brandon Watson" who tweeted back offering a free phone to him to develop upon :

"#geohot if you want to build cool stuff on #wp7, send me email and the team will give you a phone - let dev creativity flourish #wp7dev"

WP7 Jailbreak Reward

ChevronWP7 - First Ever Windows Phone 7 Jailbreak/Unlock Tool Download

We have jailbreaking for iOS and rooting for Android to perform amazing customization, hacks and side-loading of applications which aren’t allowed in the official Marketplace due to use of restricted APIs and low-level hacks, to get the homebrew scene started on another front first ever jailbreak/unlocker for Windows Phone 7 is out now available for downloading.

Named "ChevronWP7" the simple to use utility promises to start a new era of side-loaded Windows Phone 7 development, allowing developers to not only develop on the platform without a WP7 marketplace account costing US$99/year but also make use of non-public API's pushing the boundaries to customize, tweak and hack their devices at low-level.

Windows Phone 7 Unlocker

Windows Phone 7 New Ad Campaign Targets - "Ending Bad Phone Behavior With Better Phone Design"

With their new ad-campaign Microsoft is targeting our cellphone usage behavior which has made us get cut-off from our surroundings as we keep our heads down constantly opening and closing applications, sorting, texting and searching for things. Promoting the most powerful feature of Windows Phone 7 platform "Live Tiles" the ad-campaign plans to tell how the new WP7 smart design will help people get information faster and easier.

Windows Phone 7 Advt.

Samsung i8700 Running Windows Phone 7 Video Revealed

Microsoft Windows Phone 7 has received good reviews so far and here is another video showing WP7 in action.

Windows Phone 7 Video Review
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