Microsoft Promotes Windows Azure With T-Mobile Family Room

Even if Windows Phone 7 isn’t your cup of tea this phone is worth the 3:45 you’ll spend watching it. Microsoft hopes to showcase how their Microsoft Azure platform can provide a stable and fast work environment with an emphasis on how T-Mobile completed the Family Room project for Windows Phone 7 in just six weeks. The Family Room platform is the “post it note on the refrigerator” for the digital age allowing family members to share all sorts of information cross device. While I’d love to see T-Mobile integrate the Family Room platform across all OS’es it’s a great look at what can be accomplished with Windows Phone 7. Is it going to make you switch to WP7? No, but it’s an interesting concept nonetheless.

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  • DatNizzle

    Seems like the family tab in my faves. Didn’t watch the whole vid, got bored.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ASLY6MKMKHP2HSETXPT73RZNPA infantry11b

      I don’t have ADHD…ooohhh look a bunny.

      • DatNizzle

        I might. I was out of school before they came up wit that one ;)
        That’s a long add for development software, not my cup of tea.

  • Dingle Berry

    Are people really buying WP7? I went to TMO to check one out, and i was impressed.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah it is not looking good since they are giving away free Xbox 360′s when you get a WP7. It makes sense since they only “shipped” 1.5 million in 2 or 3 months and Android “sells” the same amount every 5 days. Those are worldwide numbers. Even the G1 that was only on T-mobile USA sold more than that. I think it will start to sell more later but it is going to be a up hill battle and the fact that they are trying to copy the iPhone may come back and hurt them in the end. They need more customizing options or at least widgets.

      • http://twitter.com/nightryder21 c

        You are talking about launching a new platform vs a mature one. I doubt the G1 sold or even shipped 1.5 million devices.

        • http://twitter.com/nightryder21 c

          In fact there only 400,000 – 500,000 G1 device availble for the ENTIRE 4th Qtr. http://www.informationweek.com/blog/main/archives/2008/10/dont_buy_the_g1.html;jsessionid=GA4DCTVVZYRAJQE1GHRSKH4ATMY32JVN

        • Anonymous

          Yeah I know, that was was in three months October, November and December. They only had a advertising budget of around $500,000, I don’t even know how many millions of dollars that Microsoft is spending on WP7. Also lets not forget that you didn’t receive any free merchandise like you do with WP7. WP7 is a hell of a lot better than the G1 was when it comes to software and hardware.

        • Mbregar13

          It was also a revolutionary device at it’s time. It was one of the only devices that could do what it did. These days, every phone does what these phones do. There is no sense of urgency to pay a termination fee because you ‘just can’t wait’ like there would have been back then. You’re comparison isn’t as clear cut as you’d like it to be. I am an android fan at heart, but I must admit, I’m loving my HD7.

        • Mbregar13

          It was also a revolutionary device at it’s time. It was one of the only devices that could do what it did. These days, every phone does what these phones do. There is no sense of urgency to pay a termination fee because you ‘just can’t wait’ like there would have been back then. You’re comparison isn’t as clear cut as you’d like it to be. I am an android fan at heart, but I must admit, I’m loving my HD7.

        • Mbregar13

          It was also a revolutionary device at it’s time. It was one of the only devices that could do what it did. These days, every phone does what these phones do. There is no sense of urgency to pay a termination fee because you ‘just can’t wait’ like there would have been back then. You’re comparison isn’t as clear cut as you’d like it to be. I am an android fan at heart, but I must admit, I’m loving my HD7.

        • Mbregar13

          It was also a revolutionary device at it’s time. It was one of the only devices that could do what it did. These days, every phone does what these phones do. There is no sense of urgency to pay a termination fee because you ‘just can’t wait’ like there would have been back then. You’re comparison isn’t as clear cut as you’d like it to be. I am an android fan at heart, but I must admit, I’m loving my HD7.

        • Hate, Y U No Love?

          Funny how all us Android early adopters had to defend outselves against trash comments like yours jdog25. Now, 2 years later, the Android fanboys going to be bigger a-holes than the Apple Fan-nuts ever were.

        • Anonymous

          I only tell the truth, I don’t spread lies. Saying your OS or whatever you are talking about has no faults makes it easy to point out the fanboys. After 2 years of Android I’m quick to point out it’s faults and give my opinion on how they should be improved but most itards will tell you that their iOS is perfection and I know personally that is a damn big lie. My first comment was a reply on how I agreed with the guy because it sounded like carriers were getting desperate to sell WP7 and starting giving away free games and consoles. I wouldn’t even responded to some of these people but I did because they were misinformed or just spreading half truths. I read comments from people who own iPhones, WP7 and WebOS and if they say something about Android that they think is dumb I sometimes agree if it is true. All I’m saying is that people are dumb and they will believe stuff so quickly without even trying to find the truth out, I try to provide links to show where I get my info. Example: iPhone 4 owners will argue that the iPhone 4 does not have a death poke but even Steve Jobs said it was true and provided pics but I only affected less than 1% of iPhone 4′s. I say death poke because the signal loss can be caused with one finger unlike other phones that you have to use your whole hand.

        • Anonymous

          It sold 1 million in 6 months on one carrier in one country, don’t shoot the messenger. In sales there is no comparing them because like you said Android is older so that is why I mentioned the G1. You may not care about the truth since you are probably a WP7 fanboy.

        • Hate, Y U No Love?

          According to you though, there are no WP7 fanboys.

          Keep on hatin hater.

      • Mbregar13

        They’re giving away one xbox game, not the system (at least in the US, can’t speak for anywhere else).

        • Anonymous

          Here it is only a game but in other countries it is the Xbox 360 console.

        • Bratty

          MS is not giving out free xbox360 consoles. Some carriers in the U.K. and Canada are. In Canada – sign a 3 year contract. In the U.K., the cheapest monthly rate for a 2 year contract is 120 pounds (approx $180)
          So, don’t make it sound like MS is giving away free games because no one is buying the phone. At $180/mo for a 2 year contract, TMo will probably give you a free Xbox system and laugh all the way to the bank.

        • Hate, Y U No Love?

          “Here it is only a game but in other countries it is the Xbox 360 console.”

          Ohhhhhhh…. so in other words, you make a hater statement in the beginning without clarifying the details and only clarified it later when people call you out on it?

          Thats hater shit son. Go home.

  • Petey

    the homepage on the WP7 look too cluttered for my taste, I like Android/iOS homepage better…

    IMO the reason why I don’t want to buy WinPhone 7 or not interested is due to their previous OS (winmo)

    • http://twitter.com/nightryder21 c

      What? That makes no sense. WP7 has 4 to 8 tiles at the most on the homepage with much more meanigful and useful info With ios and Android you have so much up front on the homepage ui. I understand WP7 has many drawbacks but this is not one of them.

      • DatNizzle

        With Android you can have widgets on your hone screen that tell you the same info just as fast. You can also control how they look, not just squares. Or you can put nothing. It’s called having a choice, something M$ has never been to keen on.

        • Petey

          Well said! Thank you!

        • Hate, Y U No Love?

          Well said by a bunch of fanboys who have zero clue as to how WP7 behaves and only seen pictures.

          If I judged Android by pictures and not from actual use, I would say it looks corny and cluttered… but I know better and wouldn’t say such a dumb thing.

          Here’s a hint: You make your opinionated statement trying to confuse your personal taste as some broad opinion about WP7… then when pointed out how wrong your assumption were, then go on to say its about personal preference? The hint here is: No one gives 2 craps about your preferences. You don’t give a crap that I think icon looks like junk and are the equivalent of ‘spinning rims’ on a phone, do you? Ok then, why would I feel the need to state it other than to be an ass, Petey?

        • Petey

          Well said! Thank you!

        • TheDude

          I like how you snazzily put the dollar sign in place of the S when abbreviating Microsoft. I have never seen that done before.

          How about An$roi$ and $phone as well? They also like making money.

        • TheDude

          I like how you snazzily put the dollar sign in place of the S when abbreviating Microsoft. I have never seen that done before.

          How about An$roi$ and $phone as well? They also like making money.

        • DatNizzle

          Because it works better with “s”.
          Not trying to be rude, but why would I care what you’ve seen before? I’ve been doing that for years, probly always will, why do you care?

        • Hate, Y U No Love?

          People used to quote Austin Powers several years ago… you still doing that ‘Yeah baby!’ thing too??

        • Guest

          You have no experience using the WP7. They let you remove and add tiles as you like (and keep nothing if you like that too). You can also change the colors. It gives customers as much choice as they like. So, stop being ignorant.

      • Petey

        My point was I do not like those tiles. It look cluttered. I prefer the regular home screen like android and ios. Again this is my preference. Again useful for you, but not to me.

    • Noreply

      Andriod/iOS is the one that is cluttered. WP7 is clean and simple. Very to use and manage.

      • Petey

        Uh… no.

        • Hate, Y U No Love?

          Uh… yes. Every other Android fanboy complains that WP7 is too plain and uncustomizable. You and the ’1 person liked this’ are pretty much the first ever Android user(s) who’s said the opposite.

        • Hate, Y U No Love?

          Uh… yes. Every other Android fanboy complains that WP7 is too plain and uncustomizable. You and the ’1 person liked this’ are pretty much the first ever Android user(s) who’s said the opposite.

  • Gorillaghost999

    so whens the lg optimus 2x coming to tmobile again???

  • Anonymous

    I want to give them 6 mo to refine platform. If they give me a FFC (front Facing Camera) phone I will consider it….

  • mike

    if it was 4g i would buy it

    • Noreply

      4G is a network capability. Once that becomes the de facto standard, 4G devices with Windows OS will be there for us!

  • mike

    if it was 4g i would buy it

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  • going_home

    I wish TMO would bring that to Android.
    38 useless TMO bloatware apps on the MT4G.
    One good one would be welcome.

    :-D

  • Asdrsa5

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    jerseymall.net

  • Anonymous

    uugy.com/8486

  • Snows777

    IMO, android is fugly, open-source, comparable to Linux as an OS. Android mostly just attempts to copy what the iPhone is already doing. Why should I, as a user, waste ridiculous amounts of time to customize the look and feel of my phone when Joe Schmoe out there can just pick up an iPhone and go play straight away with function and still do it in style without having to be so cognizant of it. The main reason I think people buy into android is because it’s cheaper than the iPhone. I’m not saying that’s the only reason, but I really doubt the majority of users out there are even tech savy enough to understand what open-source means. I am a WP7 fanboy. I have the Samsung Focus and I love it. It’s smooth, responsive, easy for anyone in my family to use. The interface makes it stand out from the drab iPhone/Android icon grid system. If you’re a gamer, it’s easy to understand why the iPhone will eventually fall short and I predict quickly. I really hope that I can eventually play Limbo on my phone after I’ve purchased the game from the XBOX marketplace. This is what makes the WP7 so fascinating. They aren’t just trying to mimic the iPhone. They’re trying to bring new functionality to the mobile market and from a fresh new perspective. The competition is great and I hope that Microsoft will stick to this and let it gain traction. My advice to anyone in the market for a new smartphone is to simply get out there and check it out. The 2 best phones currently on the market for WP7, imo, is the Dell Venue Pro(Tmobile) and the Samsung Focus (ATT).

  • Jessegarcluno

    this is stupid, its just like texting or facebook, i like windows phone 7 better than android but c’mon. this is just stupid

    • Senor Chang

      The app is pretty pitiful, most WP7 users agree… you’re missing the point that Tmo made the app in 6 weeks using MS Azure.

      The whole point of this is to promote Azure. Then I look down at the comments and see a bunch of unrelated banter about WP7.

      Next time I read an article about Angry Birds for Android, I’ll be sure to leave a comment about how much I hate screens filled with tiny icons.