Microsoft to Support 120 Languages on Windows Phone Tango

Microsoft to Support 120 Languages on Windows Phone Tango
31st January 2012

Microsoft is working on new version of its mobile operating system. Windows Phone Tango was unveiled in August last year and now new details have emerged about the mobile platform. Windows Phone Tango is expected to support about 120 languages. Its predecessor Mango currently supports 35 languages. The new feature will help Microsoft in tapping hitherto undiscovered markets.

Microsoft made this announcement as a developer event held in India. Microsoft mobile platform competitor Android supports 55 languages while iOS is compatible with 34 languages.

It is also being rumored that Tango may also support C++ native coding. This feature will help gaming coders to utilize the hardware in most efficient way. Microsoft may opt to go for this feature as its competitor Android already offers the Native Development Kit or NDK for this purpose.

Microsoft’s mobile operating system Windows Phone 7 has failed to make a huge impact in the market. In such case, the Redmond company is expected to come up with an alternative plan. Instead of wrestling with big players like iOS and Android in developed markets, Microsoft is now focusing its attention on developing markets with good potential. The company is also allegedly working on Windows Phone 8, codenamed as Apollo. While Tango is likely to target low end mobile market, Apollo is expected to focus on upper end.

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Windows Phone 7 (WP7)

Windows Phone 7 (WP7)
24th January 2012

WP 7 will win the war against Apple and Android. The reason is the positive sales impulse that Xbox, Cloud (Office 365) and especially W8 will have on WP. Windows has a userbase of more than 520 million customers each year. This is the strong user base that Apple and Google will have to contend with when it comes to WP and W8. W8 will kill the tablet market for Android with it’s convetible W8 tabletcomputer. Google has no defence against W8, especially not in the enterprise market. It’s two in one function (computer and tablet) will also give it the top position with consumers. Developers will flock to W8 to get to those 500 million customers. Apple will also be degraded. The high prices which the Ipad commands will not stand against a reasonably prices two in one W8 tabletcomputer. W8  and WP7 integration will be key to WP7 success.

Like Novel and Netscape, the iPhone and Android will be embraced and extended into submission.  MS has the funds to keep going till the Windows phone becomes the new PC.  A few more years and we’ll have fast enough phone hardware and easy to use wireless video connections to next gen HD TVs that the “windows phone” will be all the corp user will need at home or in the office.  All that is needed will be the new Windows phone, a wireless headset, a next gen HD TV, and wireless input devices like keyboard and mouse.  Printing and scanning will be on smart all in one IP based devices on the network and virtualization will enable user to run secure corporate Apps and access their own ‘social’ toolz ‘securely’.

Ovum’s Telecoms In 2011 report predicts that Windows Phone 7 will be the fastest-growing smartphone OS. Still, Ovum isn’t the only analyst firm to believe that Windows Phone 7 sales will surge. IHS says that Windows Phone 7 will knock the iPhone from its number two spot in smartphones by 2015, jumping to 16.7% market share, squeaking by iOS at 16.6% and well behind Android’s 58.1%. Ovum also says that developers will start to flock to Windows Phone 7 this year. The company’s recently released developer survey says that Windows Phone 7 will gain significant developer interest this year.

Nokia Lumia 900 Launched at CES Las Vegas

Nokia Lumia 900 Launched at CES Las Vegas
10th January 2012

Microsoft chief executive Steven Ballmer joined Nokia boss Stephen Elop to reveal the Finland-based mobile phone titan’s plans to hit the US market in coming months, with a Lumia 900 smartphone designed for the media-gobbling habits.(see previous blog reporting the up and coming launch at https://speedingdragon.wordpress.com/2011/12/14/nokia-900-confirmed-for-usa-early-2012/)

The Lumia 900 was not disclosed, but it will be offered exclusively on the latest generation 4G LTE network of US telecom giant AT&T.

It will sport a 4.3-inch AMOLED ClearBlack display with a resolution of 480 x 800, come with 8 megapixel AF camera with Carl Zeiss optics, 720p video recording at 30fps and 1 megapixel front facing camera. Powered by 1.4 GHz Scorpion processor, the phone will include 16GB internal memory and 512MB RAM. For connectivity, Lumia 900 will offer support for 3G, EDGE/GPRS, Wi-Fi, LTE, Bluetooth v4.0 and NFC. It will of course run WP7.5 Mango.

We believe the industry has shifted from a battle of devices to a war of ecosystems,” Elop said. “Clearly there are strong contenders on the field in this war of ecosystems,” he told a room packed with press on the eve of the opening of CES expo in Las Vegas. “With Lumia, we are establishing beachheads in countries and we will push forward with sales, marketing and successive products.” Elop said that Nokia had used Lumia models to establish  beachheads” in Europe, India, and Hong Kong. The company planned to start the US invasion on January 11 with a Lumia 710 model that will be priced at $49 when bought with T-Mobile service contracts.