March, 2011

  • DaveDev

    Where is my Windows Phone 7 Update?


    The first Windows Phone 7 updates are on their way!  These updates include copy and paste, faster load times and marketplace fixes.  The Windows Phone team recently blogged about the process of delivering updates and what happens once the updates are given to your mobile operator.  But, the most important question, when can you expect to see them on your own device, had not been answered.

    That all changed last night.  In order to be as transparent as possible they have created a grid for all mobile operators and what the status of update delivery is.  According to the team this chart will be updated weekly and will hopefully give you more understanding on when to expect things. 

    For example, my own phone the Samsung Focus is showing both updates to be in the AT&T testing phase.  As of 4/19/11 my Samsung Focus has been updated!

    Phone Updates - April 19, 2011

    While I am disappointed in not being able to get the update right away it at least feels good to know for sure when it is coming.  I got a little tired of checking my phone for updates every day. =)  Unlike Windows and X-Box 360 updating, Windows Phone 7 updates include many other partners besides Microsoft.  I am happy to see the team being as transparent as possible by sharing the update statuses with us.

    If you have been waiting for an answer, you can head on over and check update status for both International and United States mobile operators.



    Update – April 19th 2011

    Looks like AT&T has begun rolling out the phone updates for both the LG Quantum and Samsung Focus.  I got notification this morning on my Focus that an update was available!

    Samsung Focus - NoDo

    The entire process took about 25 minutes and it updated both the phone’s hardware as well as updating it to NoDo.  I am now happily using all of the new features.

  • DaveDev

    Imagine Cup People’s Choice Awards–Vote now for your local East Region United States teams!


    The People’s Choice Awards Voting is now open for US Imagine Cup. Vote for your local teams today let’s show them our support!

    Here are the three teams based out of the East Region United States:


    Vote for Geek League (NYU)


    Vote for Drexel Dragons (Drexel)



    Vote for TTHV (Harvard, UPenn, Central Connecticut State)

  • DaveDev

    Internet Explorer 9 now available for download!


    Watch the Year of IE9 Video

    You can grab the install here and check out the great launch video here

    Here are 9 facts about Internet Explorer 9 you may not have known:

    1. IE9 is the fastest adopted beta in IE browser history.  With over 40M downloads and a usage share on Windows 7 well over 2% globally, IE9 adoption has more than surpassed expectations.

    2. IE9 is enterprise ready.  We used it internally at Microsoft first (commonly referred to as dogfooding).  IE9 has the highest LOB compatibility pass rate of any product in MSIT dogfood history –  99% – coupled with one of the lowest IE helpdesk contact rates (number of helpdesk calls/number of installs) to date.  And for our customers, IE9 is ready to go with their Windows 7 deployments.

    3. IE9 has the fastest JavaScript engine in the industry.  Script is one of many factors in performance. On a commonly used micro-benchmark, IE9’s improved JavaScript performance now holds the top spot in the industry, an improvement of almost 18 times from IE8.

    4. IE9 is the only fully hardware-accelerated browser.  All graphics, video and text in IE9 are hardware-accelerated.  We re-architected IE9 to take full advantage of the Windows PC.  IE9 was the first to introduce this concept and other browsers have been scrambling to catch-up.  See the difference for yourself.

    5. IE9 treats your favorite sites like apps.  The site is the center of attention in IE9’s new frame.  When you pin a site to the taskbar, your experience is even better.  Over 250 of the world’s top sites have already taken advantage of Jump Lists, notifications, and thumbnail previews to make their sites more app-like.  Web site publishers are seeing close to a 50% increase in engagement from their IE9 customers through pinned sites. 

    IE9 Pinned sites act like Apps

    6. IE9 protects against 99% of socially-engineered malware.  Malware is the #1 threat on the internet today.  With Microsoft SmartScreen and the new SmartScreen application reputation feature in IE9, no other browser comes close in protecting consumers from these real-world threats.  IE9 is 33 times better than Chrome and over 5 times better than Firefox. 

    7. IE9 is the only browser with integrated online tracking protection for consumers.   Microsoft changed the browser and industry landscape with the introduction of IE9’s Tracking Protection, providing the only built-in browser solution protecting consumers today.

    8. IE9 is leading with site-ready HTML5 support.  IE9 is all in when it comes to delivering developers new standards-based capabilities with HTML5.   Microsoft co-chairs the W3C HTML5 working group and during the IE9 release has contributed almost 6000 test cases to the W3C and international standards bodies.  Currently, IE9 has the best conformance with W3C HTML5.

    9. IE9 has had the strongest press in IE history:   Here is a small sample of what reviewers are saying:

    IE9 Reviews

    Later this year we will all see the same, fast, gpu-accelerated Internet Explorer 9 come to Windows Phone 7!

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