UnwiredView managed to get an interview with Nokia’s Executive Vice President of Corporate Development, Dr. Kai Oistamo, during Mobile World Congress 2011 in Barcelona. Dr. Kai Oistamo was asked questions regarding the NokMsft deal, Ovi services and Nokia’s WP codebase, to which he responded, “There is plenty of things Nokia can do to build on top of Windows Phone without fragmenting the Windows Phone code,” allowing Nokia to differentiate themselves and stand out within the Windows Phone ecosystem. Check out the full interview after the break.
Nokia’s WP Future Looks Promising | IE9, SkyDrive & Xbox Live With Kinect
Microsoft hit the stage at Mobile World Congress 2011 in Barcelona yesterday to announce some upcoming features for Windows Phone 7. After the recent partnership announcement with Nokia, it was always going to be interesting to see what Steve Ballmer had in store for Windows Phone users. Hit the jump to find out what’s headed to Windows Phone 7 users and ultimately to a Nokia Windows Phone device later this year.
Microsoft announced several new Windows Phone 7 features coming in 2011, including a “dramatically enhanced” browser experience based on Internet Explorer 9; additional multitasking capabilities; support for Microsoft Office documents in the cloud; and the addition of Twitter to the People Hub.
The expanded capabilities announced today include:
- Copy and paste functionality via first major update, coming in the next month
- Twitter integration directly into the People Hub in 2011
- Support for Office documents in the cloud in 2011
- Dramatically enhanced Web browser experience based on IE9 in 2011
- A new wave of multitasking applications in 2011
- Targeting significant volume of Nokia Windows Phones in 2012
Yes, its true. Windows Phone 7 does not currently support the copy/paste functionality, amongst many others which you may have come to love with Symbian. However the plan to build a new ecosystem will encourage features like this and others hit the platform very soon. Windows Phone will experience many updates before the end of the year, when we will see the first Nokia Windows Phone (hopefully at Nokia World in September).
Andy Lees, President of Microsoft’s Mobile Communications Business stated that, “This partnership will combine the strengths of our two companies, and fuel our growth as we build the global Windows Phone ecosystem. This is a great win for us, for Nokia, and for our existing and new customers around the world.”
Also announced during Microsoft’s keynote was an upcoming Xbox Live Kinect integration with Windows Phone. A gaming revolution to say the least will soon be compatible with mobile devices. No news as to when this feature will be added, but we’ll keep you updated on this and more Windows Phone news right here at TheNokiaReview.com, so make sure you stay tuned.
IE9 Video Demo | Upcoming Windows Phone Update
Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) for Windows Phone was also showcased at Mobile World Congress yesterday, which supports HTML5 and has the same hardware accelerated graphics you’ll find on the PC version. Check out the video demo after the break, where Joe Belfiore, Corporate Vice President of Windows Phone Program Management, managed to sneak in a cheeky comparison with the iPhone 4′s Safari web browser.
Nokia Press Briefing At Mobile World Congress
Stephen Elop answers some more questions during the Q&A session in part four of Nokia’s press briefing at Mobile World Congress 2011 in Barcelona. Watch part four after the break.