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Windows Phone Summit Live Blog

Radford C. Jun 20, 2012 0
Microsoft is about to announce some new tidbits about Windows Phone 8. Going to try knocking out this live blog to give you our take of the updated mobile OS. Here we go.

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Microsoft’s best strategy? Go through the back and get people on Windows Phones through business. Why? Because carriers don’t give a shiz about Windows Phone. They’re too busy with Android. And for iPhone? They’re only holding onto that phone to keep their subscribers but that costs them. Anyway, more on all this later. Going to lunch.

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That’s it. Game over.

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Now they’re talking about what they’re going to do with the Windows Phone 7.5 and 7.8 users.

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Can there be a third mobile OS that can differentiate? I think so. 100k apps says alot.

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Announcement: Zynga to bring Words With Friends and Draw Something to WP8 later this year.

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Oh, numbers: Windows Phone reached 100k apps in the Marketplace.

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They’re giving Nokia owners a massage for not getting updates for Windows Phone 8.

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My Commute app feature. Sorry RiderBee.

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The SmartGroup Shot takes a bundle of images and suggests the best one with more open eyes and crescent smiles.

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Camera Extras for the core camera will include a self-time, burst mode, panorama, and SmartGroup Shot. WP is playing catch-up again.

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Now it looks like he’s going to ease the pain of Nokia N900 Windows 7.8 customers with nice new tools.

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Looks like Kevin Shields, SVP of Nokia, is on stage to talk about WP8. Maybe he has an answer to those early adopters of N900.

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Emphasizing again: Windows Phone 8 won’t run on existing devices, so if you just got the Lumia 900, you’re screwed.

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But for Windows Phone 8. Here’s the biggie: Current devices will not have it. No updates to Windows Phone 8. 7.8 is what you’ll get.

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Windows Phone 7.8 update will include new start screen!

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“Windows Phone 8 devices will be more up to date than before. So we’re still looking at lower fragmentation levels.”

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Oh. Over the air updates. Friggin’ hell. Finally.

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Who’s on board manufacturer wise? Nokia, ZTE, Huawei, Samsung, HTC

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Later this summer? Doh!

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“Better, faster hardware, better games, better multitasking”

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Being able to request time off from a phone hub, and accessing company apps? Working from the beach? Yes, sir.

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If Microsoft can figure out how to manage policies on Windows Phone 8. That would be something I’d sell to CFOs.

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If Microsoft can pull off enterprise like this. They can gain marketshare through the business side.

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I really like the new tile screen. Makes use of real estate while not creating gaps in between.

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Ha! There’s a company hub now.

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Does this mean that IT can do a massive update to business oriented WP8 phones?

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WP8 will include secure boot, encryption, and a flexible app distribution model that IT managers can control.

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Now we’re getting into the Enterprise ready stuff.

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So which languages will developers be able to code on?

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Some points:

  • All Windows Phone Mango apps will run on WP8.
  • And every app is going to be compiled without developers having to resubmit their work.
  • Visual Studio 2012 will support development for Windows 8 and also Windows Phone. One tool for all the platforms.

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Well, first they’re going to talk about what Windows 8 means in Maximizing ROI.

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Now, how do we pay the developers?

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Gallo: I “basically had a conversation with my app,” a two-way interactive conversation.

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Communicating with speech while the app, Audible played, sounds useful.

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Can launch an app using speech, also able to give it a command and control its behavior.

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Back to speech: Gallo is now trying to get  his phone to play Game of Thrones

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Side note: Audible is going to be working with Windows Phone. Don’t forget to go to audible.com/lazy for a real trial! Ha! Shameless!

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Uh oh. Here comes the “speech” thing. *braces for impact*

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Here we go with another video. *tilts head*

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And what about battery life? Gallo is emphasizing that MS does this in a responsible way to manage battery drain.

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In terms of multitasking, Developers won’t have to add this into their code. It’ll automatically run in the background.

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RE: Voip again. Yep, any developer can build a full VoIP app that’s deeply integrated into WP8.

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To All Developers: API is going to be open to all – not just Skype

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Audio routing means it’ll conenct VoIP calls to your car or bluetooth headset. AND will still work in the background.

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So the phone rings, you answer, and it opens in Skype.

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Now they’re talking about VOIP, Multitasking and Video chat.

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Ah. SQL. Now we’re talking database crap now. lol.

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Simplifies porting apps between iOS/Android. WP8 fans? There you go.

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I can’t help but feel I’ve seen this guy on Hell’s Kitchen before. Robert on Season 5?

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Gallo is emphasizing again that it took just two weeks to port over.

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These guys:

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So who’s in right now for Windows Phone 8?

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Gallo is showing “cloth and deformable skin” demo. They just took a “full fat asset” from Windows 8 and ported to Windows Phone 8 in “under three weeks.”

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Dear Chair Entertainment of Infinity Blade, you can now build on Windows Phone 8.

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Woe. Now they’re really showing off the engine.

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FYI: Havok is that physics engine that allows for objects to act in a realistic manner in games.

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Andrew Bowell on stage

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Yup.

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And the games?

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I do have to say that TellMe is very limited but it was never meant to deal with full-on speech anyway.

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Now Gallo mentions a new speech platform. What will Microsoft call its “Siri?” “Sorry”?

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“Developers can now share more code,” including native code and .NET code. .NET!!! Yay for me!

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Direct3D eh?

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Now he’s  running the Developer Platform for Windows Phone 8

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Shared Windows kernel = shared device drivers, so hardware partners only have to build one driver. That is huge.

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This is what he’s going to talk about.

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Kevin Gallo is next up. Looks like we’re going into developer mode.

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App-To-App communication. No more multiple check-in? We shall see.

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Excuse me. NFC, In-App purchasing and other stuff.

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More interesting demo on NFC

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For the next video, they wrote real code for Windows 8 and WP8 to solve a problem using the shared core. They’re hitting this theme hard.

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I smell crazy in-app transactions from the developer’s BBQ

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Apps can call-out to Windows Phone Wallet to make a transaction.

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When you try to make a purchase in-app, it launches the wallet, you enter your PIN, and you can choose how you would like to pay for that thing you just bought.

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More on Wallet.

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Chase Bank app for Windows Phone on demo. Not available in the marketplace. But it looks like they announced this indirectly.

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Essentially, you can store deal coupons in the Wallet hub. Same for various credit cards. All within your phone.

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Chase, AT&T, Paypal. What else does he have? Fandango. Shoe Circus? Library card? Nice Joe.

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Now a demo of the wallet.

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Belfiore says it only took a couple days for the developer to port the app from Windows 8 to WP8. The games are also playing together head-to-head in real time. Facinating.

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Belfiore says this is the riskiest part of his demo, since he has preproduction hardware and software.

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Tap other WP8 devices.

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He says the port was incredibly easy to do with minimum code changes, because of all the shared core platform components like Direct X.

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He’s showing a game sample that ships with the Windows 8 SDK – he’s demoing it on the “standard Samsung Windows tablet”.

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“NFC isn’t just for payments. Touching NFC ads can also work to summon a taxi.”

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Dammit. I need to piss.

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More on the HW support for WP8, NFC stuff

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Let’s see them do Gears of War or Mass Effect. Ha!

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Now – a discussion about porting Win8 apps to WP8. THIS is what will be really interesting.

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Because of IE 10′s huge network of net users, IE 10 detects when you’ve opened one of those nasty “You’ve WON ,000,000!” sites. That’s a perfect feature for my mom and dad.

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HTML5 support goes to”touch events.” Belfiore is spinning a fountain of apps around and around. Wheeeeeee!

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It matches the desktop experience for phishing sites exactly. Hopefully they’re not browsing LTG. Ha!

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IE10 will detect websites as unsafe on the mobile browser

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Now for Internet Explorer 10.

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When you hold down the tile, the small arrow in the lower-righthand lets you change the tile size.

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Interesting.

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Belfiore is now showing how you can resize and re-arrange tiles now.

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Makes me wonder now: If you finish an entire line with these tiles, will it clear the whole level like Tetris?

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This is what is looks like when you’re moving tiles now.

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Microsoft is slowly getting their design language together more consistently. XBox, Windows 8 and now WP8.

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Now this looks more in line with what we’re seeing on Windows 8 desktop/tablet.

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Yes. We’re glad they made the change too.

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I’m really really glad, they’re listening to their users. EVERYONE hated how there was a blank space on the right side.

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“Users can set the size of any tile to any of those three sizes.” Yay.

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Much better.

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New Start Screen with the empty blank space gone. I hated that black space. Now they’ve filled the real estate. Good job.

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One last feature. ”It’s the sexiest thing in Windows Phone 8.” Modifying the Start Screen

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From an IT standpoint, this will be huge. They want to leverage Windows (which is big in enterprise) and go from there. IT guys can use the same tools they use to manage PCs to manage phones now, thanks to that “shared core.”

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A demo of enterprise management is about to go underway

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It’ll support encryption, secure boot, device management, and Office apps. Bitlocker technology will encrypt it.

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Windows Phone 7 didn’t offer great business tools, but WP8 “is ready for business.”

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Now Microsoft is turning its eyes on business and IT administration.

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I really hope though that they get rid of that “tapping to hear directions” caveat with Nokia Maps

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Nokia has recently told me that at Social-Loco that Nokia is the biggest map company since they bought NavTeq. The map tech competition is nuts.

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Yup. Nokia maps.

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Another interesting tidbit: “We expect to have a solution with ISIS next year, but not at launch.”

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“Every Windows Phone will include the wallet hub.”

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Looks like Microsoft wants to work with carriers by putting the secure part on the SIM card itself instead of the phone.

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Belfiore is hammering Google for putting NFC into the device directly and not letting carriers do it hence carriers hesitation for Google Wallet.

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Credit & Debit cards, Loyalty Cards, Accessed Deals, Tap-To-Pay, etc.

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Now they’re talking about WP8 as being a complete wallet experience.

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WP8′s NFC will allow interoperability between laptops, phones, and tablets using NFC.

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NFC is coming too.

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I’m a bit doubtful but if they say they’re gonna do it. Let’s see it!

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DirectX-based games and apps on Windows 8 will have a common platform with WP8. Interesting.

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Now this is a biggie: Microsoft will allow “Native code developers” to work on Windows Phone 8.

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IE10 will be as accurate as desktop he says. Includes features like “SmartScreen anti-phishing.”

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Capisce?

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Internet Explorer 10 in the mix. Windows Phone will scale up/down this coming fall.

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Removable microSD supported. To Developers: All existing Windows Phone 7.5 apps will run on all of the resolutions without any changes, he says. The slide lists support for “Photos, Music, Videos,” and, wait for it, “Installing apps.” Interesting.

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Dual-core chipsets for this fall as well as more screen resolutions coming: WVGA, WXGA, and 720p.

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Multicore Chipsets (about time really).

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What Microsoft wants to do now is make WP8 Phones wider in ranges of form factors, price points, and capabilities.

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“Manufacturers will be able to re-use the same hardware drivers they build for Windows 8 on Windows Phone 8.”

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Now they’re getting into the whole thing about what core is about. Shared Core that is.

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So Windows Phone will get to use software that’s already used by 1.3 billion people (aka Windows users).

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Windows Phone 8 “this holiday” will ship with a “shared core” with Windows 8.

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He mentions this is what is coming “this fall” for Windows Phone 8. Now they’re about to reveal what WP8 developers “need to know.”

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Joe Belfiore is now on stage.

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“Today is our Windows Phone 8 platform preview.”

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“Consumers Love Windows Phone”. They’re now referring to how consumers highly rate the phone. Not sales obviously.

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They want to deliver a “connected experience.” Those three things added up to Metro and Windows Phone devices a “little over 18 months ago.”

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Now a bunch of quotes are going up walking about how Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) has been a huge improvement from 7.

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Alrighty. Let’s get this started

  Images provided by CNET, PhoneArena, and WPCentral