Wednesday morning I’ll be giving a quick summary of all the new announcements from the 2010 PASS Summit in Seattle (courtesy of LobsterPot’s on-the-spot reporters Rob and Roger) to the Adelaide leg of the PDC10 Roadshow.
In preparation for that, I did a quick search for any Denali titbits, and discovered the CTP is now publicly available. I’m downloading as we speak/type. Annoyingly, the Release Notes link is broken at the moment. Hopefully that gets fixed soon.
My top predictions for new features (seeing as I haven’t got it installed yet to find out)
- Failover cluster support for Windows Phone 7
- Query optimiser support for X-Box 360 Kinect
Ha.. though actually I can see some possible use of Kinect with reporting and data mining in the future.. That would be cool.
Maybe they’d have to call that “Minority Report-ing Services”
It looks like we now have another option!
Also a big welcome to Ashley, our most recent Lobster to jump in the pot
Windows Phone 7 devices are now available in Australia. I dropped into a Telstra shop yesterday and spent a few minutes playing with their demo model. At some stage I’m hoping I’ll be able to actually purchase one of these things for myself! (A definite step up from my super-basic C3050, who’s primary reason for purchase was that it could at least play podcasts*).
Of course, the main reason I’d like a Windows Phone 7 is to play Nigel’s Word Puzzle game, but there’s also the whole “smartphone” thing of email/calendar/podcasts etc. If they can fix the “just show only the default calendar for a single email source” limitation (so that I can retrieve all our Google calendars for our family), then I reckon I’d consider getting Narelle one too, so that I could finally solve my calendar problem.
Anyway, so how to choose from the “vast array” (slight exaggeration!) of new handsets entering the market?
Why not try out a new Pivot Collection I’ve created that lets you sort and filter by your requirements – just go to http://pivot.lobsterpot.com.au/WP7/ and have fun!
* – And I’m not even doing that right now as I’ve lost the earphones, and it has a silly non-standard plug so I haven’t replaced them yet. Not that I’m saying the loss of earphones alone is justification for getting a new phone!