Nokia Windows Phones To Hit Europe This Year

Posted by on Jun 22, 2011 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

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Nokia is very aware of its plummeting smartphone market share, but the only thing it can do at this point — after abandoning Symbian and MeeGo and switching to Windows Phone 7 as its main smartphone platform — is try to speed up its roadmap.

Originally, the first Windows Phone 7 devices manufactured by Nokia were slated to hit the market in 2012, but now Nokia has pushed the pace a bit.

Speaking at the 2011 Mobile Telecompaper conference, Vice President of Nokia Europe Victor Saeijs said that the first Nokia WP7 devices will hit the market in 2011 — and he even said he had one in his pocket, but he chose not to share it with the audience as it was an early pre-production prototype.

Nokia plans to launch the first Windows Phone 7 devices in six European countries: The Netherlands, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK. Interestingly, Finland — the country Nokia is based in — is absent from the list.

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Microsoft Expands Zune Service Internationally to Spain, UK, France, and Italy

Posted by on Jun 21, 2011 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Microsoft has finally announced that their Zune service will be expanding internationally, most likely to get ready for the Windows Phone 7 launch. Version 4.7 of the Zune software will allow you to sync via your desktop with your Windows Phone 4 devices and will be available to users in over 20 counties. However, the pricing and details of the service will vary from country to country as Microsoft makes region specific deals for the service.

The Zune Pass subscription will come to Spain, Italy, France, and the UK with pricing slated at  £8.99 / €9.99 per month for unlimited streaming and the ability to keep 10 songs per month.

Outright music purchases will come in the form of unencumbered MP3 format to Germany, Spain, France, and the UK, while video purchases will be available in Canada, Australia, Germany, UK, France, and New Zealand with playback support on Windows Phone 7, PC, and Xbox Live.

There will also be video rentals that can be viewed on Windows Phone 7 devices, PC, and Xbox Live coming to Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Canada, Austria, Ireland, Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium, UK, France, Germany, Spain, and Italy.

[via Engadget]

Full press release from Microsoft below, if you’re interested:

Zune to Expand Multiscreen Entertainment Services Into International Markets

Major entertainment companies provide music and movie catalog to the U.K., France, Italy, Germany and Spain.

REDMOND, Wash. – Sep. 20, 2010 – Microsoft Corp. today announced the further international expansion of Zune, its digital entertainment service. This fall, Zune will expand its music and video footprint and bring the free Zune software, Zune Marketplace online store, Zune Pass1 music subscription service and enhanced features on Zune.net to new markets, providing a comprehensive entertainment experience on Windows-based PCs, on the go with Windows Phone 7 and in your living room through Xbox LIVE.

“The integration between Zune, Windows Phone 7 and Xbox LIVE is an exciting expansion in our entertainment offerings,” said Craig Eisler, corporate vice president, Interactive Entertainment Business Group at Microsoft. “Zune enables users to access the entertainment they want, wherever they want it – and now, more people than ever will be able to enjoy the freedom and flexibility that the Zune service offers.”

Zune software has been upgraded with new features and functionality and will serve as the Windows Phone 7 synchronization client. The new software (version 4.7) will be available to download for free in more than 20 countries, including the U.K., France, Italy, Germany and Spain, to easily manage your personal collection of movies, music, podcasts and pictures. Zune software continues to set the standard for entertainment software, providing best-in-class experiences to organize, discover and enjoy digital media with a variety of exclusive features. For example, the Quickplay menu enables immediate access to recently played content and personal favorites, and Smart DJ 3 automatically creates playlists from your personal music collection and takes the extra step of mixing in suggested music from the Zune Marketplace. The updated Zune software will also enable instant streaming of high-definition movies, allowing you to watch some Zune Marketplace movies in HD, with no download time, directly on a Windows PC.

Zune Marketplace online store is accessible from within the Zune software and offers the ability to purchase millions of individual songs or albums from its catalog, all in MP3 format. Here, consumers can also subscribe to Zune Pass,4 which provides unlimited downloads and music streaming capabilities from the Zune music library, including content from major music labels such as Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, EMI Music and Warner Music Group, as well as thousands of independent labels. Zune Marketplace also has a large library of videos from major studios such as Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. Digital Distribution for purchase or rental. Video purchases will be accessible through Xbox LIVE and Windows-based PCs, and can also be added to a Windows Phone 7. Simply buy your favorite video from Zune Marketplace and watch it on the screen of your choice.

Zune.net is the perfect resource for consumers as it allows them to download the software and set up a Zune account with a new or existing Windows Live ID.5 Zune.net will also provide Web access to Zune Marketplace so you can purchase music or use a Zune Pass to stream music directly through an Internet browser,6 as well as purchase video content.

Zune Expansion to New Markets
As Zune expands internationally, its music and video service will be tailored for each market. Genre experts will custom program Zune Marketplace and feature the top songs, videos, movies and unique promotions for each country.
The fall 2010 international expansion of the Zune music and video service includes the following:

• Zune Marketplace will extend services to several markets in Europe and beyond.
– Zune Pass (U.K., France, Italy and Spain). The monthly music subscription service will be available for 9.99 euros /8.99 pounds per month for unlimited download and streaming access to the Zune music catalog and will be accessible on Windows-based PCs, Windows Phone 7 and Xbox LIVE. The offer in the U.S. will remain at $14.99 per month for unlimited downloads and streaming access, with the ability to keep 10 MP3s per month.8
– Music purchase (U.K., France, Italy, Spain and Germany). Expansion to these markets will enable consumers to purchase MP3s and listen on their Windows-based PC, Windows Phone 7 or any other device that supports MP3 format. Users will also be able to purchase music videos to enjoy on Windows-based PC, Windows Phone 7 and Zune on Xbox LIVE.
– Video purchase (U.K., France, Germany, Canada, Australia and New Zealand). Consumers will now be able to purchase movies to download and watch anywhere – on the big screen in the living room with Xbox LIVE or their Windows-based PC as well as sync it to their Windows Phone 7 to enjoy on the go.9
– Movie rental (U.K., France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Netherlands, Switzerland, Mexico, Canada, Australia and New Zealand). In addition to Zune video on Xbox LIVE, consumers in these countries will now be able to rent movies for viewing on their Windows-based PC or choose to sync the rental to their Windows Phone 7.

The global expansion of the service is the latest step in a series of milestones for Zune, including powering Bing music search results, the added ability to purchase music and video on Zune.net, and the forthcoming integration with Xbox LIVE and Kinect for Xbox 360. By continuing to integrate Zune across the most important screens to consumers, Zune provides an all-in-one music and video service for users to discover, enjoy and experience their entertainment wherever they want.

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Microsoft Preparing for October 21st Windows Phone 7 Launch?

Posted by on Jun 21, 2011 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

We have heard many rumors about an October launch for Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7. However, not it seems we are getting some seemingly solid launch dates from the usually reliable Neowin. The site is reporting that anonymous sources are claiming a precise October 21st launch in Italy, France, UK, Spain, and Germany. There also seem to be a number of other reputable publications and blogs confirming this date.

Rumors are also stating that the mobile OS along with supported devices will officially be unveiled in New York City on October 11th. While there is no way to confirm any of these rumors with Microsoft being tight-lipped on the Windows Phone 7 launch, we will keep you updated as more information is made available.

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