Microsoft adds 11 Windows Phone mystery sessions to its Mix conference lineup

Microsoft adds 11 Windows Phone mystery sessions to its Mix conference lineup

Summary: Microsoft finally has published the list of all 123 planned sessions for its upcoming Mix '11 development/design conference in mid-April... sort of. While there are blurbs for most of the planned sessions, there are 11 Windows Phone sessions that still are "TBA" (to be announced)

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Microsoft finally has published the list of all 123 planned sessions for its upcoming Mix '11 development/design conference in mid-April... sort of.

While there are blurbs for most of the planned sessions, there are 11 Windows Phone sessions that still are "TBA" (to be announced). Many of these sessions include other tags, such as "Silverlight," "tools" and "XNA." My (not so crazy) guess: It sounds like there will be more to say around Silverlight 5 features that are unique to Windows Phone, and perhaps specifically targeting the "Mango" Windows Phone update, due out later this year.

Microsoft execs have said they will provide more information on features that will be delivered with the "Mango" Windows Phone release -- beyond those they've already outlined. (The already promised Mango features: Inclusion of the HTML5-compliant IE9 Mobile browser; third-party application multitasking; Twitter integration directly into the People Hub; and support for Office documents in the cloud beyond the current OneNote integration. Microsoft execs also have said to expect Nokia execs to be demo'ing during the conference, which kicks off on April 12.

Among those presenting the 11 unspecified Windows Phone sessions at Mix are Thomas Fennel, a Progam Manager in charge of Windows Live on Windows Phone Deployment; Adina Trufinescu, Program Manager for the Windows Phone Application Platform; Andrew Clinick, Lead Program Manager for Windows Phone Developer Platform; and Mark Paley, Principal Lead Program Manager, who is responsible for DRM on phones, Xbox, IPTV and embedded.

Another of the "mystery" session presenters is Microsoft Distinguished Engineer Istvan Cseri, who is a dev manager on Windows Mobile. Before that, Cseri was lead architect of SQL Server Data Services.

Coming back to the present, if you're a Windows Phone 7 user who still hasn't yet gotten notification that the first two Windows Phone updates are available for you to download, developer Chris Walsh (of ChevronWP7 fame) has created a workaround. ZDNet's Ed Bott tried it himself and had success getting the February and NoDo updates on his Samsung Focus....

Topics: Software, Microsoft, Mobility, Operating Systems, Windows

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  • Well, they could add 111 sessions, but, you can not make a silk purse out

    of a pig's ear. WP7 market share is spiraling down.
    DonnieBoy
    • RE: Microsoft adds 11 Windows Phone mystery sessions to its Mix conference lineup

      @DonnieBoy
      So whats your problem? You don't use any Microsoft product. So why hurry to comment or spread FUD on any Microsoft specific blog? I think you should see a psychriatist, highly recommended.
      Ram U
    • RE: Microsoft adds 11 Windows Phone mystery sessions to its Mix conference lineup

      @DonnieBoy hahah wrong apple troll only thing going down is your junk iphone and hope the deathgrip strikes your phone again lol
      ipadsucks
      • RE: Microsoft adds 11 Windows Phone mystery sessions to its Mix conference lineup

        @ipadsucks You sound like a comic book super-villain. (We'll call you FUD Packer) challenging the Apple Troll over control of the city, "Hahah, wrong Apple troll only thing going down is your junk iphone"..."that's what you think, FUD-Packer; my iPhone the isn't the only tool in my arsenal; the Apple Troll blinds you with the power of rainbows!!" - *Drops the phone* "Aaaaaaggghh, Darn you Apple Troll!"
        Socratesfoot
      • RE: Microsoft adds 11 Windows Phone mystery sessions to its Mix conference lineup

        @ipadsucks,

        DonnieBoy is a linux troll.
        bmonsterman
    • Donnie may be right....

      @DonnieBoy... number ten on this list and slowly sinking! http://www.zdnet.com/blog/cell-phones/top-10-smartphones-of-2011-for-now/5683?tag=mantle_skin;content
      <br>Why? Lousy Customer Service.
      CustomComputers
      • RE: Microsoft adds 11 Windows Phone mystery sessions to its Mix conference lineup

        @CustomComputers
        He is not right nor is it sinking. Its #2 on this list:
        http://www.zdnet.com/blog/cell-phones/my-top-5-smartphones-available-today/5744
        Loverock Davidson
      • RE: Microsoft adds 11 Windows Phone mystery sessions to its Mix conference lineup

        @Loverock Davidson (1) That isn't a poll you're posting, that's Mathew Miller's list of personal favorites. (2) They aren't ranked, it's just his top 5...(3) If you look at the opinion poll on his site the DELL Venue running WP7 only ranked 12% making it second to last.<br><br>You actually linked an article that proved CustomComputers right and your own post wrong...LOL

        @Customcomputers Everything I just told Loverock, you did the same thing...it's not ranked on any opinion poll, he's listing them, that's all.
        Socratesfoot
      • RE: Microsoft adds 11 Windows Phone mystery sessions to its Mix conference lineup

        @CustomComputers You're list is not a ranking, it's just a list of 10 Mathew Miller of ZDNet likes...Loverock also did not post a ranking, just 5 the same author likes now. the poll on Loverock's link however lists WP7 at 12% - second to last.
        Socratesfoot
    • Wow, I can see that the truth hurts.

      NT.
      DonnieBoy
      • RE: Microsoft adds 11 Windows Phone mystery sessions to its Mix conference lineup

        @DonnieBoy <br>No, it shows your ignorance and pathetic fear thinking that WP7 may destabilize your lover's platform. MIX11 is targeted for developers and you have no heart for developers in general, thats why you are picking your fight with wrong agenda.
        Ram U
      • Rama.NET: Microsoft lost another 1.5% in search share last month, AND

        Microsoft traffic is not even significant enough to mention in mobile Internet share. You are in denial. Wishful thinking that adding 11 sessions to Mix will make any difference.
        DonnieBoy
    • i like WP7 though

      @DonnieBoy tbh Donnieboy, I don't care if they are in last place. As long as they keep developing the platform then I am happy for it. I really like my Windows Phone 7 LG phone. I've had an iPhone, Android and still have a Blackberry. I like them all for different reasons. Its childish to come in here trolling, you aught to grow up a little, seriously. The Zune service is awesome, you cannot do that with Apple for example. But I love BBM, but then I love Androids notifications. They all have pros and cons. But then, being objective and level headed wouldn't suit your childish flame baiting. The Internet really does let anyone, regardless of how sad, have a voice. Shame, as we could do without people like you poisoning the place.
      hwangeruk@...
      • RE: Microsoft adds 11 Windows Phone mystery sessions to its Mix conference lineup

        @hwangeruk@...
        I totally agree with you.
        Ram U
    • RE: Microsoft adds 11 Windows Phone mystery sessions to its Mix conference lineup

      @DonnieBoy
      >>Microsoft traffic is not even significant enough to mention in mobile Internet share. You are in denial. Wishful thinking that adding 11 sessions to Mix will make any difference.
      What does it have to do with MIX11? You are totally clueless when it comes to real technology. Period. So please take your hatred towards Microsoft and fear about its success somewhere.
      Ram U
      • Rama.NET: Why does the truth bother you so much?

        NT.
        DonnieBoy
  • RE: Microsoft adds 11 Windows Phone mystery sessions to its Mix conference lineup

    My only issue here is that people buy windows Phone 7 or iPhone over Android largely because they don't want to have to do the "hack to get it" working thing. Most Android users I know are the ones that are all about the jail breaking and getting early updates. The fact people are so upset about not having this update they are willing to do the "hack it early" thing on a device they got to avoid doing just that...well, it says something.
    Socratesfoot
    • RE: Microsoft adds 11 Windows Phone mystery sessions to its Mix conference lineup

      @Socratesfoot

      One must consider the audience. I doubt Zdnet Talkback respondents are representative of any platform at large. I would guess that the majority of phone owners, unless they are experiencing difficulties, couldn't care less about 'updates'.
      noagenda
  • RE: Microsoft adds 11 Windows Phone mystery sessions to its Mix conference lineup

    Windows Phone is a mystery all right, no one can figure out how such a poorly designed product made it out.
    james347
  • RE: Microsoft adds 11 Windows Phone mystery sessions to its Mix conference lineup

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