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July 15, 2011

The Weekly Wrap: Nokia behind-the-scenes, the new Me, a Dell deal

Here’s my take on the week’s most interesting Windows Phone news. Have a great weekend!


Nokia behind the scenes

All Things D ran an interesting behind-the-scenes look at Microsoft’s alliance with Nokia this week. Ina Fried’s piece has a lot of nice details about everything from the timing of the first Nokia handsets to how the partnership works on a day-to-day basis—and even includes some fun quotes from Windows Phone chief engineer Terry Myerson. According to the story, three key ingredients of the marriage are reindeer antlers, Blue Devils, and something called Halo. See what I’m talking about

Windows Phone on the catwalk

The latest installment of the ongoing Windows Phone Me Series debuted on this week, and as you might have surmised, its subject is fashion. The video focuses on Shipley & Halmos, a NYC-based clothing label and design firm founded by Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos. This Me offers a window into the creative process, the personal dynamics between the founders, and how their Windows Phone fits in. Watch more Me Series videos

10 Windows Phone apps I can’t live without

Our list this week comes from IntoMobile’s Martin Perez, who provides a rundown of his 10 desert island apps for Windows Phone. Check it out

Preview: Indoor maps in Mango recorded a short walkthrough through of a handy Mango feature that hasn’t received much attention to date: indoor maps. I also sat down recently for a Q&A with the lead engineer for this feature—so watch the Windows Phone Blog for it soon. In the meantime, here’s the video.

Preview: Visual voicemail in Mango

The crew at were busy this week. Besides indoor maps, they they also recorded this preview of another much-requested Mango feature, visual voicemail. Take a look. 

And finally….

Deal alert! Dell just cut the price on the Venue Pro, one of the most unique-looking Windows Phones out there. You can now pick up an unlocked handset for $299 and contract phone for a fraction of that—while supplies last. Shop now