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posted in February 2009

Should Microsoft Build Its Own Phone?

2/27/2009
Steve Ballmer recently said that Microsoft is not interested in building and selling its own phone. This was the same speech where he announced Windows Mobile 7 would be out in 2010. Instead, Microsoft would focus on the operating system and working with manufacturers to get products built. Should Microsoft be so rigid in this stance?

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Users Want One Phone For Personal And Business

2/26/2009
Now that cell phones have morphed into mini-computing devices, people are putting a lot more in them than just a few cell phone numbers. Now they have hundreds if not thousands of contacts, all of our appointments, tasks, a sizable chunk of our music library, pictures and maybe even a few DVDs that have been ripped to watch during a flight. Trying to keep a personal and work phone up to date with critical information has just about become impossible, leaving many to just go for a single device f

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Do You Need Security Software On Your Mobile Device?

2/23/2009
Security programs like firewalls, antivirus, and anti-spyware are just common sense in most PC scenarios, at least for the Windows market. The Mac and Linux platforms are the target of far fewer attacks than their Microsoft-powered brethren. What about your smartphone? Should you worry about being attacked?

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Should People Care What OS Powers Their Smartphone?

2/20/2009
I am sure just about everyone reading this blog knows exactly what operating system their smartphone runs, and more than a few of you know what patches and updates have been applied, either automatically or manually. I suspect few average consumers knows what is driving their smartphone. This is in stark contrast to the desktop, where just about everyone knows what operating system their desktop runs.

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Google Mobile App For Windows Mobile

2/19/2009
Google has released yet another application for Windows Mobile this month, following on the heels of its Google Latitude and Google Sync for Mobile releases. Google Mobile App is a search bar for the home screen of your Windows Mobile device that allows you to quickly search the Internet. It also has 11 icons to launch other Google services on your device.

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LG Commits To 50 New Windows Mobile Devices

2/17/2009
LG Electronics and Microsoft have signed a deal that will put Windows Mobile on at least 50 LG phones in the next five years. This will be a big help in getting Windows Mobile phones in the hands of the mainstream consumer.

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Access Your PC's Favorites From Your Phone

2/13/2009
For those of us with multiple computers and devices, and even with multiple browsers on those devices, keeping all of our shortcuts (or favorites or bookmarks) accessible no matter which computer we are using can be quite a chore. Foxmarks has a product that will help you out, and best of all, it is free.

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Mobile Browser Wars

2/11/2009
Well, maybe just browser skirmishes. Certainly nothing like the browser wars on the desktop when Netscape and Microsoft duked it out for supremacy in the late 1990s. There are a surprising number of third-party browsers for mobile devices.

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My Phone And Microsoft's Consumer Strategy

2/10/2009
Last week Microsoft's My Phone Web site went live prematurely, but confirmed rumors that the software giant had been working on a service for its Windows Mobile devices that would bring some form of synchronization between a Windows Mobile phone and some cloud on the Internet. Will it be enough to compete with the likes of Apple's MobileMe service and entice the average Joe into buying a Windows Mobile phone?

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