• Windows Mobile Team Blog

    What do you mean by "locked"?

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    There are a few different things that people might mean when they say their phone is "locked". I wanted to provide this post to help define the different types of lock. SIM Locked This typically means that the phone will only work...
  • Windows Mobile Team Blog

    Free Collection of Windows Mobile Security White Papers

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    Our Device Management and Security (DMSec) team recently produced a series of security booklets. These were very well recieved at the MEDC 2007 event last week. So I'd like to point out that these are also available online. Among the topics you will find...
  • Windows Mobile Team Blog

    MS Pranks

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    Michael Howe, the all powerful Test Lead in Windows Mobile just got back from paternity leave to find a few small gifts in his office... Now you know where all those recycled monitors go... :) Have a great weekend everyone.
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    Introducing....the oFone!

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    Here's the spoof video that was shown at MIX '07 and MEDC last week. Behind the humor, there's a serious message - adapt your app ! Windows Mobile devices are coming in all shapes and sizes. If you're hard-coding things like screen sizes and coordinates...
  • Windows Mobile Team Blog

    Dogfood Doesn't Always Taste Good

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    A while back someone asked which phones the Windows Mobile team uses. While I will end up answering that question, in typical form, I’m going to be really verbose about it. In Windows Mobile, we’re very strong proponents of what we call, “Eating our...
  • Windows Mobile Team Blog

    Softkeys and you!

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    Hi, my name is Patrick Derks and I work as a developer in the Windows Mobile Shell. I’ve owned the softkey code in Windows Mobile for a few months now and I keep getting questions about how to do basic stuff with the softkeys. For example, I had a developer...
  • Windows Mobile Team Blog

    New Windows Mobile video on Channel9

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    I recently sat down with Rory Blyth from Channel9 to talk about some of the new features in Windows Mobile 6 and cool developer features we're working on. Click here to watch the video (approx 28 minutes): I will be at MEDC in Las Vegas all of next...
  • Windows Mobile Team Blog

    Hi! My name is WiMonet, I'm ready to paint.

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    MEDC 2007 is just around the corner, and I can't think of a better place to debut WiMonet, the newest addition to the WiMo family. A white board is his canvas and a dry-erase pen is his paintbrush. WiMonet I can't believe it's already been a year...
  • Windows Mobile Team Blog

    Security Configuration Manager Powertoy = an Orcas Feature

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    A few months ago I wrote a blog post showing the Security Configuration Manager Powertoy. http://blogs.msdn.com/windowsmobile/archive/2006/06/22/643027.aspx . This powertoy allows you to see standard security configurations, provision your device, see...
  • Windows Mobile Team Blog

    Practical Use of MAPI

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    Practical Use of MAPI Hi everyone, I’m Jay Ongg, ready to do more with MAPI. Last time , I wrote a function that displays the names of all the message accounts on your device. In this article, I’ll go a little bit further. I’ll talk a bit about how...
  • Windows Mobile Team Blog

    Windows Mobile Competition at NTCC 2007

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    A while back a few of us had a chance to help out in a Dell and Microsoft sponsored programming competition at NTCC 2007. NTCC is a conference held by SHPE (Society of Hispanic and Professional Engineers). We had a blast and a chance to share some...
  • Windows Mobile Team Blog

    Why did we remove Bluetooth DUN?

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    I’m Greg Scott and I work as a developer on a team that provides core networking technologies on Windows Mobile. There has been some [negative] feedback from the community about Bluetooth dial-up networking (DUN) being removed in WM5 AKU3. I’ll do my...
  • Windows Mobile Team Blog

    Where is everyone? - MEDC consumes Windows Mobile team!

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    Hopefully everyone was able to take advantage of that sweet MEDC registration discount Mel posted last week. I noticed that no-one had posted on the blog for a week. So where is everyone? The answer for a lot of people is "heads down preparing for...
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    Last minute $500 discount for MEDC 2007

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    If you haven't registered for the MEDC 2007 conference yet, here's a chance to still get in for a hugely discounted price of $800. MEDC is the biggest official developer conference for Windows Mobile and Windows Embedded developers, and is co-hosted with...
  • Windows Mobile Team Blog

    What would you like to see in future phone APIs

    • 75 Comments
    We are in the phone app team. The Phone app is the app that is used to make and manage voice calls. We are trying to understand how the developers use the phone app or would like to use the phone as a platform. We would like you to answer the following...
  • Windows Mobile Team Blog

    Why I Work In Windows Mobile

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    My manager asked me to write something to convince other Microsoft employees to come work in our division. Originally this was going to be posted internally somewhere and linked from our job descriptions. But I realized that some of this might be interesting...
  • Windows Mobile Team Blog

    Windows Mobile 6 Storage Card Encryption FAQ

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    My colleague Jason Langridge wrote a post about the storage card encryption feature in WM6. This is one of the features I worked on, so I'd like to host some FAQs about it here. What scenario is the feature designed to mitigate? It's fairly easy...
  • Windows Mobile Team Blog

    Getting Started with MAPI

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    Getting Started with MAPI (update 3/22/2007 1:59pm: see comments for .NetCF equivalent) I’m Jay Ongg, and I’m a developer for Mobile Devices at Microsoft. I’ve been in this division for a little over four years, and as part of my job, I work...
  • Windows Mobile Team Blog

    A 6 By Any Other Name…

    • 25 Comments
    Marketers and developers. Are we really even the same species? The degree to which I don’t understand my coworkers over in marketing can be aptly summed up in 4 words: “Windows Mobile 6 Professional.” The product’s great, but the name? I would probably...
  • Windows Mobile Team Blog

    Sync Up at MEDC 2007

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    The Windows Mobile Sync & Desktop Platform team is planning a "mini track" at this year's MEDC to focus on data synchronization and desktop connectivity. This session will be a great opportunity for you to discuss/debug your current use of sync technologies...
  • Windows Mobile Team Blog

    Microsoft Team Spirit

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    As Microsoft employees, we take great pride in our software products and commitment to customers. Microsoft decided a long time ago that we would take a holistic approach and make sure that all our products talk to each other. The integration you see...
  • Windows Mobile Team Blog

    Congratulations! It's a. . . WiMo!

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    WiMo (The Windows Mobile Robot) has a couple of cousins! Some students and faculty over at the Auto ID lab at MIT have built a few WiMos to experiment in their RFID research. For more information on their project, you can check out their project web page...
  • Windows Mobile Team Blog

    320x320 Revisited

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    A little over a year ago, I wrote a blog entry that explained why we chose to support 240x240 screens on PocketPC instead of 320x320 ones. The result was a lively discussion on the subject. In one of the comments I said, “If we add 320x320 support in...
  • Windows Mobile Team Blog

    Windows Mobile 6 SDKs Available For Download

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    I'm pleased to say that the Windows Mobile 6 SDKs went live today as planned. You can download the SDK for touchscreen (Windows Mobile Professional) and non-touchscreen (Windows Mobile Standard) here . Using the Windows Mobile 6 SDK you can test your...
  • Windows Mobile Team Blog

    Porting woes - what to do about the PropertySheet?

    • 8 Comments
    Much as we try to reduce the differences between the Pocket PC and Smartphone, there are still some things that are unique to each of these flavors of Windows Mobile from a developer’s perspective. These differences cause problems when porting a Pocket...
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