Nokia: MeeGo “door is not closed” on N900 — Engadget

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Now that we have clarity with regard to a Windows Phone 7 update on the HD2 (sorry, folks), let’s move on to the next contentious platform: Nokia’s N900 and MeeGo. As Nokia’s only Cortex-A8 handset, there’s plenty of hope that Nokia sees fit to upgrade the N900 to MeeGo once the unified Maemo and Moblin OS is ready for consumers. Hope all but crushed yesterday after CNET reported the following from an unnamed, but apparently official Nokia source:

“Maemo on Nokia N900 is not upgradeable to MeeGo.”

We ran this past Ray Haddow, Senior Manager within Nokia Communications who took the quote back to the project team in Finland. According to Ray, the “the door is not closed” with regard to MeeGo on the N900 — a final decision has not been made. This also echos the words of Valtteri Halla when he announced the MeeGo repository in early March. In response to questions at the time, this one-bodied half of the MeeGo Technical Steering Group had this to day:

“N900 is a natural tool for Nokia to drive MeeGo support for our designs and for the ARM CPU architecture in general. We want to have baseline HW that is powerful, easily available for anyone and form-factor stuff so that one HW works for most platform and application development needs.

That said, please do not take this yet as a commitment to fully productise MeeGo on N900. I am quite confident that we will end up having a really good developer distro for N900 already but committing to stabilise a consumer-grade MeeGo 1.0 (first half this year) for N900 is another story. That is a product business decision beyond my scope. Also, we do not yet know about MeeGo 1 release content. I am not yet sure if I would be personally ready to let my Maemo5 go for the first MeeGo release in my daily N900 use. Let’s see.”

So, looks like another long game of wait and see, eh?

Wow, Nokia might decide to screw over their customers again. First they shipped a buggy N97 with an anorexic system partition.

Now they might have shipped a premium device that they might not want to support much anymore.

I sincerely hope this will be the last of these stunts they will pull off as my fanboy-hood of Nokia seems to be waning.

Just make the N900 upgradeable to MeeGo damn it !!

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Can Windows Phone 7 multitask (and other Microsoft mobile questions and answers) | All about Microsoft |

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It’s been a day full of Windows Phone 7 content here at the Microsoft Mix 10 conference. I’ve gone to a couple of sessions, a press conference and a one-on-one meeting with Charlie Kindel, who’s spearheading the Windows Phone 7 development charge.

Here are five new things I learned about the platform via these various channels. All of these are questions I keep hearing from potential developers and customers trying to decipher Microsoft’s evolving mobile story.

Q: Can Windows Phone 7 devices multitask?

A: Kindel said Microsoft’s own “experiences” which are part of the Windows Phone 7 will allow for multitasking (i.e., music playing in the background while you’re doing e-mail). But third party applications won’t have the same multitasking capabilities, Kindel said.Developers will be able to use things like notifications to create the illusion that applications are always live. In addition, the Live tiles that are part of the new UI will be constantly updated in real time (also through notifications). Over time, as things like battery life, network utilization and application predictability improve for the Windows Phone platform, Microsoft will make more multitasking support available for all applications, Kindel said.

Q: Is the new Windows Phone Marketplace the only way that users will be able to download/purchase Windows Phone 7 applications?

A: The short answer is yes. Applications and content must be purchased through the marketplace, as Microsoft is attempting to streamline the distribution mechanism for mobile content, officials said. However, some developers and enterprises are looking for other distribution mechanisms for enterprise content and internal betas. Microsoft “will more to say about this later this spring,” said Todd Brix, Senior Director for Mobile Platform Services Product Management.

Q: What development languages are supported on Windows Phone 7?

A: Right now, the only development language supported is C#. Developers are also interested in Visual Basic, C++ and other .Net apps, Kindel acknowledged, and Microsoft may add support for these over time. But Microsoft’s development strategy for its new mobile platform is if you’re doing XAML programming, use Silverlight. If you’re doing an interactive or 3D game, go with XNA. The version of Silverlight supported is a superset of Silverlight 3 (not Silverlight 4, which is going to be released to the Web in final form in April.) The Community Technology Previews of the tools for the Windows Phone 7 platform are available as of March 15 for download.

Q: What about enterprise developers/customers? Is Windows Phone 7 for them?

A: Kindel admitted Microsoft’s target for the first generation of Windows Phone 7 devices is consumers more than business users. “We don’t expect enterprises to go out there and buy these (Windows Phone 7 devices) en masse for their employees,” he said. Microsoft’s target is the consumer who wants to do a limited amount of enterprise tasks (pretty much exclusively through the Office hub). Microsoft has no plans to offer any kind of migration tools for enterprise developers to help them move existing Windows Mobile apps to the new platform.

Q: How is the Dorado (Zune PC software) going to change to accommodate Windows Phone 7 devices?

A: Dorado becomes the “only software you’ll need” to sync your phone, Kindel said. Dorado will replace ActiveSync and will be the conduit for all audio/video content on your phone. Kindel wouldn’t talk about whether Dorado also will be the way Microsof will push “over the air” updates of the Windows Phone operating system to users’ devices. (He said Microsoft will share more on that later this year.)

Microsoft won’t talk about when the final versions of its Windows Phone 7 development tools or the Windows Phone OS 7.0 will hit. (I asked and got the pat “in time for the phones to ship by holiday 2010″ answer). Officials also gave a cryptic and non-commital “we’ll talk more in the coming months about our music model payment plan” answer when asked about the future of the ZunePass subscription plan.

What other Windows Phone 7 questions do you have? I can try to get more answers at the Mix 10 show this week….

I dunno about this but this sounds like Microsoft trying to make its own version of the iPhone but much sexier.

Despite the lack of multi-taksing, I still think its one compelling device. If it is anything liek the Zune HD the UI and UX are more than enough for what I do.

Wonder will it have native exchange support….