Games for Windows Marketplace is now


Microsoft has announced that Games for Windows Marketplace will be fully transitioning to The announcement was done on the Games for Windows Marketplace website and via the Games for Windows newsletter.

Games for Windows Marketplace is moving to

Games for Windows Marketplace is coming to!

Games for Windows Marketplace will fully transition over to Now you can get all of your gaming needs in one place. It’s convenient, it’s concentrated, and it’s a whole lot of great games.

Games for Windows Marketplace gave access to the free online gaming service: Games for Windows LIVE, that let users connect and play with friends and millions of Xbox LIVE members. You could shop for your favorite games and also receive automatic game updates and patch downloads for the installed games. However, Games for Windows LIVE brand isn’t as popular as Xbox brand for gaming and consumer entertainment. Microsoft even did a huge overhaul of the Games for Windows website to make it more accessible and attractive for the PC gamers.

Eurogamer has confirmation from a Microsoft spokesperson that the merge will happen on 11th July.

All of the same content from will be available on so members of communities across Xbox 360 and Games for Windows can purchase and get details on their favorite games, all in one place.

All account information will remain the same and community members can still take advantage of their Xbox Live profile in their Windows games and stay connected to friends who are playing on the PC.

This move would be the first step to bring Xbox LIVE on the third screen, PC, after TV and phone. There have been clear indications that Xbox LIVE would be integrated in Windows 8 to provide entertainment and gaming features. Also, Xbox LIVE is already integrated into Windows Phone 7. During previews of the upcoming release of Windows Phone, codenamed Mango, Microsoft announced that the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace for apps and games would also be available on the web. could well be that consolidated gaming and entertainment portal.

Angry Birds Now Available for Windows Phone 7

Hurry! Angry Birds is now available in the Windows Phone Marketplace. After the initial announcement by the game developers, Rovio, in February and Microsoft in May, and later pushing the announced date in June to June 29, Angry Birds has finally landed. The game also ends the Xbox’s Must Have Game series for Windows Phone.

Angry Birds for Windows Phone 7

The best-seller game, inspiring merchandise, popular culture references, and rumors have it that a movie too, offers hours of challenging, physics-based demolition gameplay, and lots of replay value. Angry Birds is one of the most popular iPhone and iPad apps, ported to Google’s Android OS a few months back, and also released as a PC game recently. Last month, Rovio released an Angry Birds version for Google Chrome browser as a featured app on Chrome Web Store.

Instead of 255 levels available for other platforms, Angry Birds for Windows Phone 7 offers only 165 levels. Each of the 165 levels require logic, skill, and brute force to clear. It’s just few games as yet, but I have a feeling that Angry Birds for Windows Phone 7 is a little harder than on other platforms. I’m guessing additional levels will be made available as updates.

The game offers Xbox LIVE integration so killing pigs would add to your Xbox LIVE achievements. Angry Birds is free to try and $2.99 to buy. Get dem pigs!

Sea Ray Might Explain Nokia & Microsoft’s Special Relationship

When Stephen Elop demonstrated the Nokia N9, I was excited. That hardware powered by Windows Phone 7 would’ve been a great product, lo and behold, in a staged/controlled/uncontrolled/accidental leak we now have a modified Nokia N9 running Windows Phone 7 as a product.

The N9 has been modified by adding a dedicated camera button on the side and the positioning of the flash. Nokia N9 has a front camera and supports NFC. Both these features are part of Android and the iPhone but missing from Windows Phone 7 devices. Stephen Elop has been talking about a special relationship between Microsoft & Nokia with Nokia being able to offer differentiating options. Elop was clear that Nokia’s first WP7 devices will be running Mango.

The video doing rounds doesn’t show the full device and there is significant space next to the front camera for the 3 WP7 buttons. NFC based devices from Nokia could be a compelling feature in Nokia’s handsets.

A front camera and NFC support along with all that Mango is already known to add, Microsoft won’t be playing catch-up any more.

iOS 5′s Safari Faster Than IE On Windows Phone 7 And Android’s Browser


A few months ago, Microsoft demoed  Mango for Windows Phone 7 and during the demo they compared their browser vs. others. Microsoft did a test between a device running Mango, an iPhone 4 (running iOS 4), and an Android device. During the HTML5 performance demo,  iOS’s Safari did poorly against Mango′s Internet Explorer and Android’s browser. Safari registered 2 frames per second while Microsoft’s Mobile IE scored a 26.

Since then, it hasn’t taken long for Apple to respond. WinRumors reports that in the iOS 5 beta, Safari now outperforms Mango by scoring a 31 when the same test is performed.

iOS 5 Safari HTML5 Test

In Mango, the browser uses hardware acceleration for HTML5 but Apple hasn’t shared plans to do the same. iOS 5 and Mango will ship in fall this year.


EverNote Launches a Slick Windows Phone 7 App

While Evernote always had great apps across all mobile platforms, including Windows Mobile, Windows Phone 7 users had to satiate the need with the mobile site or alternative third-party apps like Fasternote. Finally, Evernote has launched their Windows Phone 7 app.

Evernote for Windows Phone 7

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HTC Windows Phone 7 Device Leaked; Sports a 12 MP Camera

Last month, an advertisement was leaked which revealed that HTC was working on a 16 MP camera phone powered by Windows Phone 7. We haven’t heard anything about that since, but today, Eldar Murtazin from Mobile Review, just posted some leaked images of an HTC smartphone powered by Windows Phone 7. The images reveal that the new HTC device has a 12 MP camera. It looks similar to the HTC Trophy, and has the standard touchscreen candybar form factor.

The images also reveal some additional features like RAW capture mode, anti-banding, exposure metering and compensation, focus mode and the usual – resolution, brightness and contrast.

No other details have been revealed, but we should soon see a camera comparison with the Nokia N8.



via Twitter 1, 2

Windows Phone 7 Mango Facebook Check In Integration

At Microsoft’s VIP event for the press several consumer focused features in the upcoming mango update were demonstrated. The event had representatives from the company with prototype devices running the unfinished update on display. The Facebook integration in Windows Phone has been one of the praised features of the phone and with Mango, the integration will include ability to check in using Facebook Places.

The Me tile in the current build of WP7 allows you to update your Facebook & Windows Live status and read your previous updates. In Mango, the tile will be a lot more useful by allowing the user to change their IM (Facebook chat & Windows Live Messenger) status, update their social network status (Facebook & Windows Live) and check in into Facebook Places.

As of now, Twitter integration will be limited to the People Hub, allowing users to read Twitter updates shared by contacts. One of the representatives at the event suggested that Twitter will come back into Windows Live which might allow us to update our Twitter messages from the Me tile too.

Here’s the screenshot of the Me tile in Mango:

SPB TV 2.0 Now Available For Windows Phone 7 Smartphones

SPB Software finally launched its popular application, SPB TV for Windows Phone 7. This application is already available on Android, Bada, Symbian, iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, webOS and Maemo platforms. SPB TV for Windows Phone 7 allows you to watch Live TV channels on the go. You can easily download this application from the Microsoft Marketplace. Check out the complete features of SPB TV below.

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SPB TV Features:

  • More than 150 TV channels from more than 20 countries, subscription free
  • Unique TV browser with fast channel launching and switching
  • Integrated TV Guide with a list of current & upcoming TV shows
  • Video-on-demand
  • Network bandwidth fluctuations support
  • Onscreen controls

“The user has an opportunity to make an informed decision about the channel to watch even without launching it. A channel selection screen provides all the needed information about the running TV program including a screenshot and TV guide information. While the selected channel is streaming full-screen, the user can choose another channel by seeing a preview picture of it in Picture-in-Picture mode,” the company notes.

SPB TV has been integrated by the leading carriers and broadcasters, including MTS, StarHub, MegaFon and Skylink with a total of 250 million subscribers worldwide. SPB TV 2.0 is available for all smartphones running Windows Phone 7 OS. SPB TV requires a reliable 3G or WiFi network connection for proper streaming. To download SPB TV, head over to this page.

(Feature Round-up) Windows Phone 7 Mango: As Delicious As The Fruit

If with Windows Phone 7, people were skeptical about Microsoft’s long term plans for the mobile market, the Nokia and Skype deals prove Microsoft’s commitment. Everyone I show my Windows Phone 7 device to, seems to love it. A few concerns are raised but the first impression is positive. For all the flack the team has been getting regarding the missing features, there is no doubt that they are working their butts off. The next major upgrade to the platform called Mango is making news since it makes the phone an integral part of daily computing. There are a ton of new features that will allow the platform to compete with Android and iOS on features.

Here’s a list of features in addition to Twitter and Kinect Integration, IE9 (with HTML5) and Multitasking that we know are coming as part of the Mango update:


  • Toggle Camera shutter sound off/on

The camera shutter sound wouldn’t turn off even if the phone was turned to silent which was a real annoyance for me. With a clear toggle switch, I can now have some fun.


  • Bing Maps rotating with direction

Coupled with Turn by Turn navigation and Nokia’s NavTeq technology, Bing Maps will definitely become a USP for the phone. In Mango, we will be allowed to choose whether the Maps rotate as we move or always point North.


  • Voice to text for Messaging

Microsoft’s TellMe service that powers voice to text on the phone will be extended to reciting messages to the phone.


Consumer Features:

  • Windows Live and Facebook Chat under Messaging

The lack of an app for Windows Live Messenger was puzzling more so because Microsoft got a third party developer to release what was called as the official app. Enthusiasts hoped Microsoft would integrate the online chat client in the Messaging app and that seems to be the reason why there was no app. In Mango, WP7 Messaging app will have integration with Windows Live and Facebook chat. When considered with Skype integration, Microsoft will now have good leverage against carriers.


  • Group Messaging

The ability to group users together and interacting will be added in Mango, whether this will extend to Facebook and Windows Live contacts with one contact being on WLM and the other on Facebook remains to be seen.


  • Now Playing Artist Album Art as Lock Screen

Imagining the album arts on the lock screen of m Samsung’s AMOLED screen make me want to have Mango now!


  • Zune Smart DJ support

Apple has Genius, Zune has Smart DJ. Smart DJ uses an algorithm to choose what songs will be played next and when used with Zune Pass, you get to listen to songs similar to your tastes but not in your collection, on your phone.


  • SkyDrive Integration in Office Hub

As a Skydrive user, having to download my documents using the browser seems too much work and frustrating since SkyDrive is Microsoft’s product. With Mango, the Office Hub will list SkyDrive as an option to browse Office documents making our lives a lot more convenient.


  • Bing Audio for music detection

Shazam, you have competition.

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  • Turn by Turn Navigation

The AT&T Navigation application works quite well but there are two problems with it:

  1. It belongs to AT&T
  2. You have to subscribe to it

In Mango, Microsoft will add Turn by Turn navigation into Bing Maps much like in Android. Microsoft partnership with Nokia will be playing a crucial role in this feature.


  • Bing Vision (search using camera)

An exciting feature that will allow you to point your camera at QR codes, Microsoft Tag, Books, CDs and DVDs and search using Bing. Optical Character Recognition (OCR) will be implemented for this and hopefully third party developers will be able to use OCR for their apps.


Enterprise Features:

  • Office 365 integration under Office Hub

Like SkyDrive for consumers, Microsoft’s suite of online productivity Office 365 will be making its way into the Office Hub along with Sharepoint.

  • Lync Messaging Client

Part of the Office 365 suite, a Lync app will be available in WP7 marketplace for download.


  • Conversation view in Outlook

Like the Outlook desktop client, conversation view will be added to the Outlook email client on the phone.

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  • Pin Outlook folders

The ability to pin particular folders in Outlook will make navigating through emails easier.

With all these features, there is no word on Microsoft’s answer to FaceTime but the Skype announcement said a client for Windows Phone is expected soon. Microsoft will be having a Windows Phone 7 event on the 24th, we should see more details about the phones and platform then.

Sources: WinSuperSite, Windows Phone Dev Podcast (1) & (2), Windows Team Blog, Mango Image

Rumor: Microsoft to Buy Nokia’s Mobile Division?

On the face of it, it seems like just another outrageous rumor being spread just to garner clicks and pageviews. But when you consider the source of the rumor, and his previous track record, it forces you to think whether or not it might be true.

The rumor is from Eldar Murtazin, the founder of Mobile-review, and his sources have been right more often than not. When he first said that Microsoft and Nokia were in discussions about Nokia using Windows Phone 7 as their primary OS, no one believed it at first, but as we all know, it turned out to be the truth.

Which is why, today, when Eldar said that Microsoft was planning to buy Nokia’s Mobile Division before the end of 2011, no one is doubting that it might turn out to be true, however remote the possibility might be.

@eldarmurtazin : “MS & Nokia deal could be closed in 2011. MS want to buy Nokia Mobile division. No info about price/terms/dates.”

While the deal makes no sense to me, considering that Microsoft has already signed a deal with Nokia which makes Windows Phone 7 the primary OS in all Nokia smartphones, Microsoft has been known to make bold purchases. Nokia’s market cap is currently around $32 billion, so Microsoft could easily buy the whole of it if it wanted to. I’m wondering if it might fit in with Microsoft’s recent buy – Skype.

One reason why Microsoft may want to buy Nokia is because it now wants to finally control its own hardware, like Apple, instead of licensing its OS to other manufacturers to fight Android. In the meanwhile, Nokia’s PR seems to have commented that Eldar’s rumors are ‘getting less accurate with every passing moment.’ Do note that they haven’t clearly denied it, so the rumors may in fact turn out to be true.