Today Microsoft announced the release of Office 15 technical preview to its select partners & customers. Office 15 is the codename for the next generation of the Microsoft Office products and services that will hit public beta this summer. Microsoft is touting this as the most ambitious undertaking yet for the Office Division.
Read more at Microsoft News
Custom Lock Screen is a remarkably well-named app that lets users search through Bing or private images to create custom backgrounds for the Windows Phone lock screen. Users can choose between preset templates and backgrounds, then add elements. Elements are rectangles or ellipses that contain images the user chooses from Bing or from their own collections. Text can be added, and different text colors and fonts are available. Users can also play around with transparency and share their finished product on twitpic.
Custom Lock Screen is available now on the Windows Phone Marketplace for $0.99, though there is a limited free trial version.
Culled from ChipChick
Microsoft Advertising has announced the expansion of pubCenter to 7 new countries around the world which will enable Windows Phone developers in said countries to begin earning revenue from in-app advertising. The new countries that are added to the list are India, Sweden, Switzerland, Japan, Mexico, Hong Kong, Denmark
Read more at Microsoft Advertising
YouTube user programming4fun has come up with using Microsoft’s Kinect beta SDK and a Windows Phone handset. The system, pictured above, basically consists of a Kinect and a 3D engine; the former tracks the position of a viewer and automatically adjusts the image projected by the latter, creating the illusion of a 3D landscape. In this case, that landscape happened to feature a holographic helicopter, which could be controlled using a phone’s accelerometer and a Windows Phone 7 app (apparently called HoloController). Watch it in action, after the break.
Culled from engadget
Microsoft has detailed the sensors support that’s coming in Windows 8. Windows 8 will support wide range of sensors that our modern smartphones support such as Gyroscope, accelerometer, light sensor, etc,. Microsoft designed sensor support such that Windows 8 should use them at the system level, to adapt the PC to the environment while preserving battery life.
Read more here
HeyWire (see website) is a cross-platform app that enables users to text each other for free from the US and 45 other countries. It sends SMS over any internet connection from iOS, Android, “dumb phones,” and now, Windows Phone.
“We are very excited to provide the only free texting app in the Microsoft Marketplace — a platform that Gartner predicts will capture the number two smartphone spot by 2015,” said HeyWire founder and CEO Meredith Flynn-Ripley. “This was an important service for our company to bring to consumers, which continues HeyWire’s mission to facilitate free global communications amongst groups of friends. Now, WP7 users can send and receive text messages with friends on multiple devices, quickly and easily.”
HeyWire not only lets you connect across mobile platforms, but Twitter as well. It has a simple, straight-forward user interface and can be downloaded for free here.
Culled from wpcentral
Craigslist Mobile looks to be an easy, fast way to browse through Craigslist in that unique, Windows Phone style. In the app, you can bookmark certain categories, which will allow you to receive real-time updates about new postings in those categories. There is also a separate favorites list where you can add individual postings, for easy access. The Craigslist Mobile app is available now from the windows Phone Marketplace for $1.29.
Culled from ChipChick
Groups help you cut through social networking clutter to stay in touch with the people who matter most—family, friends from the block, your bowling league. When you create a Group, it shows up at the top of your contact list. Tap it, and you’ll see the Group members’ Live Tiles and social networking updates, along with options for group email, texting, and chat.
Read more on how you can create, edit or delete a group. Its as easy as 1,2,3..
Microsoft today announced a new program called Visual Studio Achievements. Using Visual Studio Achievements Extension, achievements are unlocked based on your activity. Your code is analyzed on a background thread each time you compile.
A software engineer’s glory so often goes unnoticed. Attention seems to come either when there are bugs or when the final project ships. But rarely is a developer appreciated for all the nuances and subtleties of a piece of code–and all the heroics it took to write it. With Visual Studio Achievements Beta, your talents are recognized as you perform various coding feats, unlock achievements and earn badges.
Culled from wmpoweruser
If you’re keen to get your hands on the gorgeous Nokia Lumia 800, but would like the freedom to test it out for a while before making it your main handset, then the new Love Me Keep Me campaign could be the ideal solution, as it lets you try out the new Nokia Windows Phone for free for more than a month.
The Love Me Keep Me campaign is giving you the chance to give it a 40-day test-drive and then claim a full refund at the end if you’re not fully satisfied with what the handset has to offer. Great deal right?
To qualify for the Love Me Keep Me campaign, all you have to do is buy a new Nokia Lumia 800 and then register your purchase within 10 days of the date on your receipt. You can then use your Nokia Windows Phone for up to 40 days and if you’re not satisfied you can return the phone for a full refund.
For full details on the Nokia Lumia 800 Love Me Keep Me campaign, check out the official Love Me Keep Me website. And this great offer is valid until 29 February 2012, so act fast if you want to grab yourself the fantastic Nokia Windows Phone and give it a full trial before making it your main handset.
This promotion is open to end-user customers located in the United Kingdom who purchase qualifying Nokia Lumia handsets new in the promotion period. Read the terms and conditions here