Windows Phone 7.5 Productivity Features Revealed

After a few leaks here and there about the new upcoming features to Windows Phone’s much awaited and much talked about Mango Update, here’s some more to add to that list.

At the TechEd 2011 conference Microsoft officially revealed some of the productivity features making their way to the upcoming Mango Update,which is expected to be released in the later half 0f the year.

So whats in there ?

  • Pinnable email folders: Pin a folder to the start screen for quick access. This could be an email folder for a specific project, from a specific group or person (like your boss), or an RSS feed you’ve set up in Outlook.
  • Conversation view in email: Emails in your inbox are organized by conversation, bringing replies to a thread into a consolidated view so it’s faster and easier to stay on top of the conversation.

  • Server search: Search your email server (e.g. Exchange Server) for older emails no longer stored on your phone, giving you ready access to all of your mail.
  • Lync: Lync Mobile brings the Lync experience to Windows Phone customers by delivering Unified Communications capabilities, including instant messaging and the ability to see the presence of your co-workers. The Lync app will be a free download from Windows Phone Marketplace and will be enabled with support from your business organization.

With the special VIP Event right around the corner ,one can expect a lot more revelations coming up in the upcoming week.Stay tuned for more action on Mango

[via MS News Flash]

Windows 8 latest build, build 8006

We have earlier reported that the latest build compiled is build 8005, today twitter user MSFTtm has tweeted that the latest build compiled is build 8006. The build string of this build is 6.2.8006.0.winmain.110513-1855 which states that the build was compiled on May 13.It’s quite obvious that a new build is compiled each day except the holidays.

We have been also receiving mails stating that Windows 8 build 8005 has been leaked on torrent sites, but we would like to say that no such build has been leaked and it’s fake. The latest build leaked is build 7959. We would keep you updated whenever any build leaks.

Walshed Phone Support Tool Released

A while ago we reported about a tool is in the works for bringing back the "Walshed" Windows Phones to  life(that is bring the phones back to the official update  path) so that the users who have used the Chevron Updater tool to force the NoDo update can bring their devices back on track.

Thankfully,the guy himself  Chris Walsh of Chevron Team is back with a fix to the Walshed Phones.So using this Walshed Phone Support Tool one can successfully revive his/her Windows Phone 7.The tool has been approved officially from Brandon Watson himself and readily available over Walshie’s Blog.

Read more at MS News Flash

Windows 8 latest build, build 8005

We have earlier reported that Windows 8 build 7996 has been compiled, today twitter user MSFTtm has tweeted that the latest build compiled is build 8005.The complete build string of this build is 6.2.8005.0.winmain.110512-1726 which states that the build was compiled recently on May 12. It is currently unknown whether this build belongs to the pre-beta stage or Microsoft is continuing with the Milestone 3.

Microsoft is hosting Worldwide Partner Conference from July 10-14, 2011 and we expect the Redmond company to show some newer builds in the conference.

The latest Windows 8 build that has been leaked is build 7959 and all other downloads are fake,so prevent downloading them.

Windows 8 build 7971 to leak soon

There has been rumors that Windows 8 build 7971 would be leaked but we haven’t seen any public leaks till yet. Now the chinese site cnBeta is reporting that they have got the news that this build would leak soon. We have already seen three builds being leaked earlier- Windows 8 Milestone 1 Build 7850, Windows 8 M2 Build 7955, Windows 8 Server M3 Build 7959.

We have already reported that Windows 8 build 7996 has been compiled with build string as 6.2.7996.0.winmain.110429-1810  and hopefully the build list has gone past 8000 and Microsoft has started working on the Windows 8 beta stage.

According to our news, Microsoft is expected to show Windows 8 in WPC 2011 and would be released in late 2012.

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Microsoft Buys Skype for $8.5 Billion

Yesterday was quite a buzzing day with rumors floating around the alleged Microsoft deal with Skype to take it over and finally later in the day an official word came from the Software Giant,who acquired one of the leading name in internet communications  today.

Microsoft reportedly bought Skype for a whooping $8.5 Billion in cash.So it means its only matter of time till we get to see Premium Skype Services to Microsoft Devices and Operating System.Starting off with Kinect  for Xbox 360 ,Windows Phone 7 and other Windows Based devices.Microsoft will connect Skype users with Lync, Outlook, Xbox Live and other communities.Having said that it’s not the end of the road for non Microsoft based  platforms,Microsoft will equally support the Non-Microsoft Platform Skype Clients as well.

So get ready for some interesting services like Kinect Video Chat and the much awaited competitor for Google Voice and Apple’s Facetime from Windows Phone 7.Eagerly waiting for some Skype Goodness on my Windows Phone 7 :D

Checkout the Official Press Release Here

Image Credits: Microsoft

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Microsoft to Preview “Mango” in an VIP Event on 24th May

There were a lot of leaks floating around the web for the next big release of Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 update codenamed Mango.Some of the leaked features like Beta/Private Marketplace Application Access,Windows Live Messenger Integration,Bing Video and Audio Search coming to the Mango update.

Image Credits[ZDNet]

So by 24th May some of the lucky VIP’s who’ve already got the Invites for an Exclusive event to be held by Microsoft for showcasing the Mango Update will get to know officially about what’s coming to the Mango update which is expected to be released by the holiday season of 2011.The event will be held in New York and London on 24th May 2011,3PM onwards.

For the Developers, well they might get  to see the  Free Mango Developer Tools in the Event or at least some official word on  the same.We might get to see some more features coming our way.We are keeping the Fingers Crossed .Mark the Date and Time,it’s May 24th 3PM.

Source: ZDNet

 

WP7 Game Review : Pandas V/S Ninjas (Free)

The Windows Phone 7 marketplace is flooded with a bunch of Angry Birds Clones,most successful being the Chicks ‘n’Vixens , in spite of being a Clone app it’ had a successful run over the Marketplace for quite a while now.

Though the  official Angry Birds  release is right around the corner(25th may) that wont stop the wanna be’s to try their luck with yet another Clone.Here comes Pandas V/s Ninjas. As the name suggests the battle is now between Pandas and the Ninjas.Game play is similar to Angry Birds but more like the Chicks’n’ Vixens with the Pandas Throwing the panda with hand looks deceptively similar to what we get to do in Chicks’n’ Vixens.

Good thing about this game is that the graphics and the overall gameplay is much more polished than  Chicks’n’ Vixens.Talking about the gameplay,it involves throwing the Pandas over the Ninjas floating over/inside various obstacles.Like the original Angry Birds,this one also has a various different Pandas with super powers, like the one Super Panda which powers it’s way to the target just like the Yellow Angry Bird and the Black Panda with a Time bomb doing the Bursting Black Bird (with a 3 second time for blast).

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The Special Ninja Music is pleasing to the ears and the eye catching backgrounds for each levels are quite amusing.Each of the games stages has 25 levels and according to the scores of each level a medal is given to the player(Bronze,Silver or Gold).The animations and other graphics in the game are as good as if not better than Angry Birds.The game has potentially a lots of replay value ,just like the other games in the same genre.

The game released a few weeks ago at the price tag of 0.99$  over WP7 marketplace,but now you can enjoy the(ad supported version) Free version on your phone.Go Get It,if you are a die hard Angry Birds Fan!!! ,it’ll keep you hooked up till 25th May(Angry Bird for WP7 Release date) and even if you are not well when it’s Available for Free only a fool can ignore this beauty.I bet even if you are new to these type of games,you’ll fall in love with Pandas V/s Ninjas for sure Smile .

Our Verdict : (3.5/5) (would’ve given it 4 out of 5 had there been a worldwide leaderboard for players to submit their scores).

 

Windows 8 build 7955 original installer leaked

We have earlier reported that Windows 8 Build 7955 has been leaked, but the leak used the Windows 7 installer. Today the guys at BetaArchive Forums has leaked Windows 8 build 7955 with the original installer. The original installer gives the metro UI feel and the screenshots of the original installer has been leaked long time back.

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The size of the ISO file is 2.7GB and would be available on torrents soon.

Note:Many fake torrents are available on the net, so stay away from them unless you are sure that the torrent is legit.

Improved Server Manager found in Windows 8 Server Build 7959

We have earlier posted that Windows 8 Server build 7959 has been leaked, though the changes in Windows 8 build 7955 and Build 7959 are very less still the enthusiasts at BetaArchive forums have managed to find the improved Server Manager in this new leak. The Server Manager eases the task of managing and securing multiple server roles in an enterprise.

Though Server Manager has already been available in Windows Server 2008 R2, Microsoft has considerably improved the features and UI in Windows 8 Server.

Here are the screenshots of the Server Manager in Build 7959-

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If you are running Windows 8 Server Build 7959 you can run Server Manager by running

%windir%\System32\servermanager.exe