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Hey everybody, Brian here popping in from the valley of the sun Phoenix, Arizona to post our latest podcast episode, number 38. This week Matt and Mike take the podcast reigns while I am sunning myself on vacation [thanks guys]! We have a great show for you this week, welcoming Bill Pardi to the studio to talk about the voice to text features in Mango. They also take some time to chat about some new Xbox LIVE game titles to the Marketplace, Minesweeper and Sudoku. Hope you enjoy the show! You can find Windows Phone Radio in the Zune Marketplace, iTunes and streaming direct here.
Dedication Brian - tnx for following up on your vacation! Listening now.
Crazy co-incidence; Matt and Mike joking about losing their jobs, I lost mine (day job) this week after 19 years! lol Very strange. So hopefully if MS beef up WP7 jobs in Australia you can shout out via WPRadio and let us know - and I'll be first in the queue!
@Strider: Sorry to hear it, mate! Rooting for you from Redmond...
@strider sorry to hear about that. a big shout out from Redmond to our friend down under
Hey again guys.
Mango will be completely free for existing WP7 customers (in response to the nothing's free in the Podcast guys!!!!!). How could you fail to say that??? <face meet palm> lol
Nice plug for Skirmish & Dave....Beta Testing in going well (Go Team Blue - Aussies). Hoping to have Part 1 of a detailed interview with Aussie Dave up on my blog this week.
Don't also forget there is an XBL title - Game Chest - Logic Games that has Suduko, Minesweeper and Chess etc for international customers.
Short and sweet podcast. Cheers.
Thanks Michael and Brian :)
Michael - next time you bump into DaveMacMS at Redmond, ask him what context "rooting" has DownUnder LOLOL ;)
Seriously though - appreciate the ShoutOuts. I'll be OK, redundancy payout is pretty awesome and buys a lot of time...Now to pursue my dream career change!
Loving the "calm before the storm" right now on WP7 news as we are on the cusp of Mango and bigger and better!!!
[Checks Australian slang dictionary] Doh! I'm such a drongo!
FWIW, I love DaveMac's Skrimish Idea and can't wait to see it live, it kinda adds a whole aspect that foursquare was missing. (That is turning what is really just a myopic announcement program into a social game). My biggest concern is getting buy-in from places. It would seem even Foursquare is having buy-in problems for specials.
But I use the internet differently than most people I suppose. I don't get why we're so self involved we're constantly needing to tell people "I'm here!" without any express intent of meeting up with them (or competing as Skirmish does). I don't even bother with Foursquare if there's no special.
I know the answer to this just venting it out there...what's taking so long!? we can talk an tweek and talk an analyze all day set some goals and release dates etc no pie in the sky...Apple is about to relase iphone 5 before you even comment to a relase date on Mango..come on let's go guys!...competition is fierce! by the time you get it out there someone else is already working on how to top everything your only talking about!
Very good poccast, guys, thoroughly enjoyable.
@Robtastico, have you been reading any of the other threads at all? It doesn't seem like it or you'd already know what's going on. Mango has been released to the OEMs and carriers so they can do what they need to do. Microsoft has no control over how long the OEMs and carriers take. If they have no control, then it would be IMPOSSIBLE to put a date out there. Even IF they already had all the responses from the OEMs and carriers, they still have to incorporate them into rollout packages. And, even IF they had all the rollout packages prepared, the carriers dictate the rollout. The best that Microsoft could give you would be when the first rollout package is given the green light, which apparently they don't have yet. Apple will do what it's going to do. Apple has it's own update and release process and schedule and it's nothing that Microsoft can control---two independent processes. Just be patient, Mango will be worth it. If you can't wait, then move on to another platform. No harm, no foul.
I don’t know about the rest of you guys BUT it burns my guts to read some of you telling other WP7 users –who evidently haven’t received NoDo yet (almost 7 months later), to be PATIENT or move on to another platform. I ask, WHO or WHAT gives you the right to dismiss other’s questions or concerns (legitimate ones) about their phones ONLY because you have ALL the time of the world to read every single post on this blog OR because you narcissistically think that you are an expert in the matter?
I got news for you –and you know who I am talking about, after the bad reputation MS has built for themselves in the mobile business, the lack of marketing and the broken update/upgrade process (among other issues), 99% of WP7 users (I will bet my paycheck on this) who chose this platform was because we are MS users/fans, because we hate Apple and Google and because we prefer this phone over everything else!
Perhaps, most people know by now that MS’ original intentions (which I call “promises”) were just that, intentions. That MS no longer has control on the update/upgrade process of this OS. That there is a new sheriff in town called “CARRIERS” and most importantly, that there is no way back. BUT, there are still others, in other parts of the world, who even though might understand that their CARRIERS have the ball on their court, but are reaching out to MS for HELP because their CARRIERS are simply failing to do their jobs.
My mom (and I hope yours too) always said: “If you don’t have anything good to say… shut it!”
LOL, @BuckeyeTico, yet you aren't taking your own advice. Anyway, a couple of things. First, keyword searches. Saves having to read "every single" post. Also, I wasn't dismissing anyone. There are some pretty obviously titled (and frequented) blog posts here that should have provided a bit of info to those whose intent was to go off. So, I tried to post the Reader's Digest version in case the person really had no idea about the process (as we understand it now, anyway). If I want to pass myself off as an expert I'll come right out and claim I am one. You've not seen me post anything remotely like that kind of a claim. 'nuff said.
I totally agree with your argument that 99% of WP users are fanboys,i bought a WP coz i was(yes its no more the case) a microsoft fanboy and because i hate apple
on all of my previous smartphones,i didn't care about updates because i was usually satisfied with the out of the box features but with WP i care about updates more than anything else due to its premature nature and still (including mango) the update process is a failure.
I was enthusiastic about Mango until when i came to notice that just the marketplace will expand to some countries but still features which were available at lunch will still not work in Canada one of which is bing
Windows phone just ended my partnership with microsoft
1-)Windows 8 will be more like windows phone OS and windows phone OS has a serious problem with globalization,so i expect the same to happen with Windows 8,So my eagerness to get my hands on a W8 tablet is dead,and after trying the HP touchpad all i need on it for me to buy it is the ability to edit Documents and a 3G/4G support and all the built in features works perfect in Canada
if the palm phones have a 4" screens or above i'll get one(they have very good battery lives) and all the features work well in Canada
if only hp can come up with an OS version for their computers,then i swear i'll just garbage my PC
my PC was so important when i was still a PC gamer but since i got a lil older and lose my gaming passion I use my PC just for OFFICE and web browsing,
@Kenny Rawlins.....I had to bust out laughing when I saw your posts. Why? Because HP just announced WebOS is being terminated, and they are looking to get rid of their PC business (including tablets, etc). So, you're putting your eggs in a platform that is, for all practical purposes, DOA. So, I guess you'd better be happy with those products right out of the box because you won't be getting any sort of updates with them.
This really is down to three.
@ Kenny Rowlins – Although I feel your pain, I don’t ever see myself owning an Apple or Google product –I don’t count Palm and Blackberry since these guys are agonizing. With all its shortcomings, I still believe WP7 is the best appealing platform to me and will ride this baby to the end –I guess.
Now, what are you planning on doing now since HP have prematurely pulled the plug on its TouchPad tablets and all WebOS-based smartphones? Oh man… I feel sorry for everyone who bought a TouchPad tablet since its launch in early June.
Yeah i am aware of that and knew it was going to make you in particular laugh lol,but as i said i don't care about updates as long as as i am satisfied with the out of the box features.
FYI,i had never updated or even thought of updates when i was using my Omnia 2(running wm 6.5),it was slow but did all its tasks perfectly for me.same as the touchpad.i don't mind the fact that HP is garbaging it because i usually use my gadgets for maximum a year and a half then store them in my collection
lol,neither do i see myself using a google or apple product,for two reasons,
as for apple i hate them(my reasons is an entire article so i wouldn't go int that),and i hate the app approach of doing things,I prefer intergration of many regular functionalitites/necessities,which WP does but does it for US only and some countries in europe,but according to Windows phone team i'm probably cursed to be Canadian
As for google,it just garbage:fragmented,disorganized,dumb looking,etc and again the app approach of doing things,i'm sure very soon even to make a phone call you'll have to download an app on those devices
IDK what i will do as from summer 2012 man,as for now i will buy a touchpad in a month coz its probably be 150 bucks(lol)
and as i said i'll be fine with it for a year hoping W8 and WP apolo take away the Canadian curse from me =)
this Mobile OS war is getting interesting,now the game is down to 3 players (RIM is in the mutuary just waiting to be buried),but what is interesting is that non of these three players are focussing on the enterprise,giving room for a fourth player
the hp touchpad is already 99 bucks for the 16GB version,here is the link: