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Did Microsoft Throw The Baby Out With The Bath Water?

No multitasking? Seriously?

Windows Phone 7 Series (how annoying is that name already, from now on WP7S) won't allow third party applications to run in the background. That's Windows Mobile's biggest strength out of the window then. And no back catalogue either, that sucks too.

So on the information we have thus far I'm pretty sure I can see an Android phone in my future. Microsoft's decision to trade form for function isn't a winning one as far as I'm concerned.

Microsoft Scores Spectacular Own Goal

Yep, they blew it. No, not Windows Phone 7 Series - which turns out to not be a series at all - that judgement will have to wait for now.

No what they have done is effectively killed their market for the next six to nine months whilst customers wait for WP7S to arrive. Who's going to buy a WM6.5 phone now its been effectively wiped out by its maker? Maybe a few corporates, but otherwise no-one with any sense. If an upgrade to the HD2 is confirmed that could possibly be the only WM6.5 device that sells. Be interesting to see what effect this has on Microsoft's 4.5 million quarterly sales figures.

Football: Neil Warnock, The 100% Man

Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock must be something of a nightmare for his wife and kids to live with, given that he is never ever wrong about anything or makes any mistakes. How can I possibly know this? Obviously his demonising of any match official who makes a mistake proves that he can only be perfect...

The fact is that in the high speed modern game officials are going to make mistakes and its inevitable that some are going to have an impact on match results. Like last night's FA Cup tie between Palace and Aston Villa. Suggesting that the officials should be suspended for mistakenly awarding a corner kick to Villa is disingenious and insulting to match officials everywhere.

Despite the nonsense Warnock is spouting about the official's mistake costing Palace victory the truth is that Palace's inability to defend a corner allowed Villa to grab an equaliser and Warnock should look to his own laurels for that failing.

So Neil Warnock here's some advice, do with it what…

Microsoft MWC - What's Coming For Windows Mobile?

This afternoon Microsoft will announce its vision for Windows Mobile and show how it hopes to compete with Apple and Google in the smartphone marketplace. There have been some leaks and some educated guesses as to what's coming, so here's my take on what should be coming out of Steve Ballmer's keynote today.

Windows Phone Zune Edition. This will be a consumer platform aimed squarely at the iPhone and will suffer from the same limited functionality as the Apple platform. Although it will be based around the same platform applications will be tied down and only available if they meet strict compatibility testing. The payback will be a platform which is as easy to use and reliable as the iPhone.Windows Phone Professional Edition. The descendant of WM6.5 this will be an evolution of what already exists. The target here is those who want to do much more with their phones than the high end feature phone users that currently choose the iPhone. Microsoft currently sells about 18 mi…

HTC Legend Breaks Cover

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What must almost certainly be the replacement for the HTC Hero has been outed by Dutch mobile operator KPN. AndroidGuys report that the phone was due to be announced at MWC next week, although KPN seem to have rather stolen HTC's thunder.

Hopefully the announcement will coincide with the arrival of the long overdue Android 2 update for the Hero, which is now seriously hamstrung by its reliance on Android 1.5

Warner Kills Streaming Licenses

Warner Music has decided that the free music model being offered by services like Spotify and Last.fm doesn't fit with its view of music's value and will be withdrawing their licenses to distribute its music.

Warner intends to continue supporting services which charge to 'rent' music -although as far as I'm aware both Spotify and Last.fm offer this service too.

Where those services score is that they use the free element of their service to draw people in to their premium service. Something that will no longer occur if these services are stared of content. Spotify has over a quarter of a million subscribers and is growing fast. Its not as if Warner isn't getting paid for the content that is being listened to for free - the service is advertisement funded, a model that seems to work fine for free to air television and radio all over the world.

Whilst the content owners are free to sell their content in whatever manner they see fit, actions like this just push…

Windows Mobile 7 Rumours Sounding Less Than Promising

Rumours about what Windows Mobile, will be started surfacing last week and whilst they are just rumours they have been 'seeded' to a couple of independent sources and have been accepted as fact by people who are in a position to call BS if they weren't close to the mark.

I find these rumours troubling on several fronts.

Firstly the claim that WM7 will utilise an entirely new codebase which will mean that old apps won't run on the new OS - or will only run under software emulation. That's one major failing: how long will it take for developers to recode their apps to the new platform? Or will they just drift away to Apple or Google where the market is already growing at remarkable rates?

Secondly the claim that applications will no longer multitask but will instead pause when focus is switched away. Having persevered with true multitasking when the hardware was barely up to the job Microsoft decides that the ideal time to abandon it is the time when hardware specs fina…

Warner Sees iTunes Sales Growth Slow

The key here is the word 'growth' which means that Warner's media sales are still going great guns on iTunes despite a recent 30% price hike. Whilst some sites are suggesting its a bad thing a 12% increase in revenue in a global recession is a pretty impressive performance. This shows that people buying Apple products are buying into a purchasing concept and not just buying a device. Good for Apple and its partners. Very bad for the competition. In fact very bad for competition in general.

I've said it before and I'll say it again - Apple's ability to control what gets installed onto the iPhone family of devices amounts to an anti-competitive position. Were Amazon to release a MP3 Store app for the iPhone I seriously doubt that it would ever get approved. Look at what's happening with Adobe.

And the real reason that Apple won't allow Flash onto iPhones? Its because it removes their absolute control on applications that run on the phone.

Monopolies are nev…

Tattoos On The Cheap

HTC's Tattoo has become the cheapest Android handset available, after the disappearance of the Pulse from T-Mobile's website and a price drop on the chameleon like handset. Expansys will now sell you a Tattoo for a very reasonable £189 -although its worth remembering the Tattoo's cut down feature set before rushing to get your credit card out. Resistive touchscreen and QVGA do not make for a great touchscreen experience. The likelihood that Android 1.6 will be as good as it gets might put you off too.

Nevertheless, if you fancy a cheap punt on Android this is the cheapest you'll get for now.