New Update Released for Windows Phone – 7.10.8860.142

Microsoft has rolled out new update for Windows Phone 7.
This new update (7.10.8860.142) does not yet have official change log, but live tile fix is confirmed to be there. Also some performance improvements have been said to be present, though I can’t say I have noticed any difference on my Lumia 900.

Windows Phone Update 7.10.8860.142

 
Following are the fixes rolled out with this update as per unofficial change log ( as per wmpoweruser.com ) –

 
It is said that this update will remove Google Calendar Sync. But, it is still appearing on my phone after update. Probably, they are revoking the access to Google Contacts for new users, I mean – when a hard reset is done or configure account in Phone for the first time.
One disappointing thing is that this update did not fix the battery draining and data gobbling Live Tile bugs found in the first release of 7.8. They may be fixed in the next release.
This update is found to be rolled out in Europe, Canada and India users as per Twitter and other social networking site status.
Just found an interesting feature which is rolling out in the forth coming release (Update 7.10.8773.98) as per windowsphone.com (Official Windows Phone Website) –

 Messaging. Adds new messaging capabilities to your phone. You can now attach multiple pictures, videos, audio notes and ringtones to text messages.

New Features in Windows Phone 8

Windows Phone 8 - New Start Screen with Live TilesWindows Phone 8 with re-sizable tilesMicrosoft has announced the most coveted next generation mobile platform ‘Code name Apollo‘, from now which will be called as Windows Phone 8, the successor of Windows Phone 7 at Windows Phone Summit. Microsoft announced eight specific platform updates for its upcoming mobile OS. We’ve already covered one of the most consumer-facing updates, the new Start Screen, but other changes include hardware-related features like multi-core processor and memory card support, a revamped Internet Explorer 10, shared native code between Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8, NFC support, a new Wallet hub, Nokia Maps, and Windows Phone 8 for business.

Here is a brief description of the above features –

Multi-core processor support: As reviewers have noted, Windows Phone runs buttery smooth on phones with a single processor. But piggybacking on the Windows core provides support for multiple cores—so we’re ready for whatever hardware makers dream up.

Bigger, sharper screens: Windows Phone 8 supports two new screen resolutions—1280×768 and 1280×720, opening the door to amazing new handsets with high-definition 720p displays.

More flexible storage: Windows Phone 8 supports removable MicroSD cards, so you can stuff your phone with extra photos, music, and whatever else is important to you, and then easily move it all onto your PC.

NFC wireless sharing: If you haven’t heard the term “NFC” yet, I’m betting you soon will. This emerging wireless technology lets phones share things over short distances. In Windows Phone 8, it helps make sharing photos, Office docs, and contact info easier—just tap your phone another NFC-equipped device. How cool is that?

Internet Explorer 10: The next version of Windows Phone comes with the same web browsing engine that’s headed for Window 8 PCs and tablets. IE10 is faster and more secure, with advanced anti-phishing features like SmartScreen Filter to block dangerous websites and malware.

Wallet: Windows Phone 8’s new digital Wallet feature does two great things. It can keep debit and credit cards, coupons, boarding passes, and other important info right at your fingertips. And when paired with a secure SIM from your carrier, you can also pay for things with a tap of your phone at compatible checkout counters.

Better maps and directions: Windows Phone 8 builds in Nokia mapping as part of the platform. Our partnership will provide more detailed maps and turn-by-turn directions in many countries, plus the ability to store maps offline on your phone so you can work with maps without a data connection.

Cooler apps and games: Basing Windows Phone 8 on the Windows core will unleash a new wave of amazing apps and especially games, for reasons I’ll touch on in a moment.

 
Here is the link for WP8 announcement article on Windows Phone Blog – http://windowsteamblog.com/windows_phone/b/windowsphone/archive/2012/06/20/announcing-windows-phone-8.aspx
Following are the articles which covers more details of the new features of Windows Phone 8 –
http://www.engadget.com/2012/06/20/microsoft-introduces-windows-phone-8/
http://www.theverge.com/2012/6/20/3096667/windows-phone-8-screenshots-features-nfc-start-screen-dual-core/in/2865586
 

Windows Phone Day at Hyderabad

 

As a pre-cursor to Windows Phone Application Development Contest which is to be held on 26th Feb 2012, MUGH is conducting a training event Windows Phone Day which gives a brief introduction to Windows Phone API and kick starting with Windows Phone Applications.
This training event covers following –

  • Why Windows Phone Development? And its scope
  • Overview of Windows Phone API
  • Kick-starting with App Development in Windows Phone

You can register for this event @ http://mughwindowsphoneday.eventbrite.com/
Agenda:

TIME TOPICS & SPEAKER
09:30 A.M-10:00 A.M Registration
10:00 A.M-11:00 A.M WP Session1
11:00 A.M-11:15 A.M Break
11:15 A.M-12:15 P.M WP Session2
12:15 P.M-01:15 P.M WP Session 3
01:15 P.M-02:00 P.M LUNCH
02:00 P.M-03:00 P.M WP Session 4
03:00 P.M-04:00 P.M WP Session 5
04:00 P.M-04:30 P.M Stump The Speaker

Windows Phone SDK 7.1 Beta 2 Released

Microsoft has released the Beta 2 version of Windows Phone SDK 7.1 (earlier called as Windows Phone Developer Tools). This release has changes in API of App Platform and few improvements in developer tools.

You can download the Windows Phone SDK 7.1 Beta 2 from one of the following links.

 

Here are few important changes in Beta 2 as per MSDN

  • Profiler – Profile the performance of UI and code within an app. The profiler works on apps that are deployed to and run on a Windows Phone 7.5 device.
  • Emulator – Faster and more stable.
  • Isolated Storage Explorer – Fully access the isolated storage of an application deployed to either the device or the emulator.
  • Advertising SDK – Now included in the phone SDK. The advertising SDK is only usable within the United States.