Windows Phone 7 U.S. launch and more Microsoft news from around the Web

Windows Phone 7 U.S. launch and more Microsoft news from around the Web

Summary: Watch for more consumer announcements from Microsoft next week, alongside some IT-focused news coming out of TechEd Berlin. This week, Microsoft made headlines around open-sourcing F#, moving Seadragon Ajax to a new home and surveying Azure users on another possible new pricing model.

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The consumer push from Microsoft continued this week, with the retail launch of Kinect on November 4 and the opening of the newest Microsoft store in Oak Brook, Ill, the same day.

There's more consumer news coming next week, as well as some goodies for business users as well.

On November 6 (Saturday), Microsoft will be opening another new Microsoft Store. This one will be in Bloomington, Minn., at the Mall of America. The Bellevue, Wash., store is slated to open on November 18.

On November 8, Microsoft and partners will make its first Windows Phone 7 phones available in the U.S. on AT&T. The Samsung Focus and HTC Surround will be available in stores that day (no pre-orders allowed). The HTC HD7 will be available from T-Mobile the same day, as well.

It will be interesting to see if the U.S. launch is as plagued by phone shortages as the earlier launches in other countries have been. Microsoft has more than 1,400 apps in the Windows Phone Marketplace now, the vast majority of which are games at this point.

On November 8, Microsoft will kick off its TechEd Europe conference, which is targeted at IT professionals. From the docket, it looks like there will be lots of focus on the cloud, virtualization, its Lync PBX-competitor technology and more.

Microsoft is on tap to show off a new Windows 7 migration tool — “P2V Migration for Software Assurance” — at the conference. The P2V tool is a combination of the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) and the company’s Sysinternals Disk2 VHD product, and is currently in beta.

The Silverlight vs. HTML 5 panel at the show should yield a few fireworks, as well.

Other Microsoft tidbits from this past week about which I didn't blog already:

Microsoft has released F# 2.0 under the Apache 2.0 license: The Microsoft F# team made a new drop of the F# 2.0 compiler and core library available this week as part of the F# PowerPack Codeplex project -- all of which is now under the Apache 2.0 open-source license. Previously, F# was available under a Microsoft Shared Source license. Microsoft moved IronRuby and IronPython under the Apache 2.0 license just before the company offloaded those development efforts to the community. It doesn't sound as if that's the company's intention with F#, however, as Microsoft recently integrated F# support directly into Visual Studio 2010.

Microsoft is moving the Seadragon Ajax project to the Expression team: Seadragon Ajax is the JavaScript implementation of the Microsoft Live Labs Seadragon project. SeaDragon is a library for DeepZoom viewing. Microsoft is in the process of disbanding Live Labs, and is sending most of the remaining Live Labs projects and employees to work on the Bing team. It looks like Seadragon Ajax will have a different home.

Microsoft may have another Azure prize-cut plan up its sleeve: On the heels of introducing the new "Extra Small Instance" pricing for entry-level Windows Azure developers, Microsoft may be readying another low-end pricing option, as cloud blogger Roger Jennings noted this week. Microsoft is surveying Azure users regarding their interest in a pay-per-use/consumption pricing model -- something that would give Microsoft more leverage against Google with its Google App Engine platform-as-a-service offering. Extra Small instance offer doesn’t start until January 7, 2011 and requires participants to be Microsoft partners, Jennings said. But so far, there's no start date, or even guarantee, that Microsoft will end up fielding pay-per-use Azure pricing.

Topics: Operating Systems, CXO, Microsoft, Software, Telcos, Windows

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • Wrong dates

    Dates should be November not October.
    tamer@...
    • RE: Windows Phone 7 U.S. launch and more Microsoft news from around the Web

      @tamer@... <br><br>Finally (after 2 weeks) my HTC Mozart Windows phones arrived. Looking forward to integrating them with my business.<br><br>Damn a watched phone never charges... <img border="0" src="http://www.cnet.com/i/mb/emoticons/wink.gif" alt="wink">

      As to smokescreens, the warehouses in Australia were sold out on the first day, I've been waiting 2 weeks for these. I'm afraid all the poisonous ABM fanbois should consider anti-depressants ;-)
      tonymcs@...
      • RE: Windows Phone 7 U.S. launch and more Microsoft news from around the Web

        Microsoft officials said earlier this year that they felt no need to bid on the patents because of a sweeping patent deal they had signed with Nortel, announced in 2007, that would hold regardless of who purchased the patents.
        raimu koyo asu
      • RE: Windows Phone 7 U.S. launch and more Microsoft news from around the Web

        Microsoft also is making a new beta of the Windows Phone Developer tools available as of today, as well.
        Linux Love
      • RE: Windows Phone 7 U.S. launch and more Microsoft news from around the Web

        Now known as the Windows Phone SDK (software development kit), the tools are in beta 2
        Linux Love
      • RE: Windows Phone 7 U.S. launch and more Microsoft news from around the Web

        (according to the download page) and can be used to develop applications for both the currently shipping
        Linux Love
      • RE: Windows Phone 7 U.S. launch and more Microsoft news from around the Web

        ?NoDo? Windows Phone operating system build, as well as for the Mango update.
        Linux Love
      • RE: Windows Phone 7 U.S. launch and more Microsoft news from around the Web

        validated App Hub account are being allowed to flash the beta onto their retail phones
        Linux Love
      • RE: Windows Phone 7 U.S. launch and more Microsoft news from around the Web

        Developers are allowed to flash Mango onto only one phone per developer.
        Linux Love
      • RE: Windows Phone 7 U.S. launch and more Microsoft news from around the Web

        Developers need to download the Beta 2 of the SDK before obtaining the operating system update.
        Linux Love
      • RE: Windows Phone 7 U.S. launch and more Microsoft news from around the Web

        Mango includes many new features, including an HTML5 IE 9 browser, deep Twitter integration,
        Linux Love
      • RE: Windows Phone 7 U.S. launch and more Microsoft news from around the Web

        third-party application multitasking, new Bing search functionality and more.
        Linux Love
      • RE: Windows Phone 7 U.S. launch and more Microsoft news from around the Web

        Microsoft has said Mango will be installed on new phones as of this fall. There?s no word as to when
        Linux Love
      • RE: Windows Phone 7 U.S. launch and more Microsoft news from around the Web

        @tonymcs@... I think his point on who is the next Bill Gates is interesting. I don't agree it is Mark Zuckerberg. I am not sure who I think it is... but I'd say someone with a bigger vision. That's the East Coaster in me talking.
        Arabalar
      • RE: Windows Phone 7 U.S. launch and more Microsoft news from around the Web

        @tonymcs@...
        Yeah, people love to repeat that "competition is good for users" mantra but it's not true when half of the players in a given market are phoning it in (so to speak.) The half-baked crap being dumped into the market by most of these companies will actually hurt users when they get suckered into buying them. At this point, there are only one or two phones I'd want to own. If there were indeed true competition, with a batch of companies truly trying to compete, not just dumping beta products into the bargain bins in the hopes of snagging the profits of 2-year contracts, then the consumer would benefit. As it stands, not so much.
        Arabalar
    • RE: Windows Phone 7 U.S. launch and more Microsoft news from around the Web

      @tamer@... Yeah, people love to repeat that "competition is good for users" mantra but it's not true when half of the players in a given market are phoning it in (so to speak.) The half-baked crap being dumped into the market by most of these companies will actually hurt users when they get suckered into buying them. At this point, there are only one or two phones I'd want to own. If there were indeed true competition, with a batch of companies truly trying to compete, not just dumping beta products into the bargain bins in the hopes of snagging the profits of 2-year contracts, then the consumer would benefit. As it stands, not so much.
      Arabalar
  • Phone Shortage - A publicity stunt

    It seems a bit odd that there are shortages of Microsoft's Windows Phones at launch.

    The shortage spans all types of screen, all models and manufacturers. It's a bit bizarre. I'm wondering if it is just a smokescreen to hide relatively low sales.
    Vbitrate
    • Agreed, I think about that all the time

      when I hear Apple, MS, anybody runs out of products.
      For big corporations they can't seem to do much right when it comes to forecasting.
      John Zern
    • RE: Windows Phone 7 U.S. launch and more Microsoft news from around the Web

      @gyepera
      I doubt that's the case. Microsoft want as many handsets out here as possible.
      illegaloperation
    • Publicity Stunt... NOT

      Windows Phone 7 has been criticized with tons of prejudice and as it came out is much better than a lot of people expected. (I have one for a month now, and it is really well designed). Also the marketplace will have thousands (yes already thousands) of apps the week of the launch in the US. Much more than anybody expected (android launched with only 35 apps). My take is that; hearing the early bashing of WP7, manufacturers got cautious and manufactured less devices than they should have.
      phuguet