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Microsoft giving away 30 Nokia Lumia 800 Phones to Australian Developers

April 1, 2012 | 1

Microsoft has recently announced that they will be giving away 30 Nokia lumia 800 devices to Australian developers. The catch get a new app in to the Marketplace between March 30th, 2012 and midnight EST June 29, 2012 and the … Read More

Nokia Lumia Augmented Reality Event In Melbourne

April 1, 2012 | 10

Lumia 800 Promo

If you happen to stroll by Federation Square in Melbourne yesterday ( 31/03/2012 ) chances are you would have seen a huge TV and a lot of people gathered to try out the Augmented Reality game with Angry Birds , a virtual dance off with Timomatic or see a Kangaroo take directions from a virtual voice, this virtual Augmented Reality was powered by the Xbox Kinect and was organized to promote the Nokia Lumia in Melbourne. I was told the event started off at 9:00 AM and will be up and running till 7:00 PM , I strolled in at around 2:15 or so. There was a small gathering there , mainly kids waiting to have a crack at the Angry Birds and have a dancing session with Timomatic.

AFAIK Nokia is the only OEM that has done something like this to promote their Windows Phone lineup and being a WinPhan I wanted to see what they would do here in Melbourne. Read on to see what were my thought about this promotional event by Nokia.

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Aussies can now get their hands on the White Nokia Lumia 800

March 27, 2012 | 4

Back in the days gadgets used to have 2 main color choices black or metal ( anyone remember those ) . But coz of the little success Apple’s iPod bought about the new happening color in tech world is white. … Read More

Microsoft might not have done it but Nokia sure is doing it ..

March 15, 2012 | 13

… I am taking about Advertising Windows Phone to the masses. The marketing efforts of Microsoft ( in Australia ) in regards to Windows Phone was well, not enough by any means there were hardly any TV ads .. there were a few in the beginning but then it just faded away. But Nokia has been quite busy marketing their Lumia series in Australia from interactive giant lumia 800s in the street , TV ads and even full page ads in Newspapers .. MX is a popular free newspaper in Melbourne , most commuters pick it up on their way back home and in Melbourne their readership is over to 300,000 and when you put an ad like this , it will get noticed .. look and learn Microsoft. ( excludes Ben Rudolph, that guy is a super star .. one of the few left since Brandon Watson left Microsoft )

Nokia Australia MX ad

Nokia Australia MX ad

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This Nokia Lumia looks way bigger than the 800 or 900

March 13, 2012 | 3
Lumia ads

Lumia ads

With Nokia lumia 800 being released in Australia they have stepped up the ad campaigns , I have started to see the Lumia ads on TV and now according to Nokia Australia Giant Interactive Nokia Lumia 800’s are popping up in various location in Sydney ( Martin Place, Pitt St., Darling Harbour, Haymarket or Circular Quay ). If you are from Melbourne expect to see these around Melbourne from May 8th. Its great to see Nokia pushing Windows Phone in Australia coz we know Microsoft’s attempt was not that spectacular. More pics below.

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Nokia Lumia 900 and 610 preOrder pages for Aussies

March 10, 2012 | 3

While the release date for AT&T Nokia Lumia 900 might have been delayed. Online Mobile store MobiCity has put up the pre order page for the Nokia Lumia 900 ( click ) and the Nokia Lumia 610 ( click ). … Read More

Telstra to start selling White Nokia Lumia 800 from 20 March

March 6, 2012 | 2

It would appear Telstra will be starting to sell White Nokia Lumia 800 from 20 March in Australia. If you dont care about the color you can pick up the device in black starting from Tuesday 13th March. The Lumia … Read More

HTC Windows Phones: A No Show Until Apollo

February 27, 2012 | 7

 

apollo

apollo

 

Today HTC went on record letting down many hopeful people. Despite showing off their new One series, HTC announced they will hold off on producing any new WP models until Apollo is released. They did confirm there will be an HTC Titan II outside of the US for countries that have an LTE network, which is great news to see both the Nokia 900 and Titan II going international. Although no specifics were given, HTC did mention Australia will be one of the lucky countries to be getting the massive device.

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Nokia’s TV Campaign kicks off in Australia in March [video]

February 22, 2012 | 1

Nokia have put a lot of effort into their marketing campaigns, by running TV adverts and program sponsorship. Australia will start seeing “The Amazing Everyday” adverts starting on 1st March and running for a whole month, to promote the Lumia product launch. I have no doubt that Nokia will push the boat out in this market, Just as they have everywhere else.

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Finally, Australia Getting Yummy 2nd Generation Windows Phone Love!

February 21, 2012 | 6
AUWP7

AUWP7

There have been several countries that have been left behind when it comes to second generation Windows Phones. Canada is now confirmed to get 2nd generation support from Microsoft, by receiving the HTC Radar, Nokia 710 and 800. That left Australia as one of the larger countries still remaining without any 2nd gen. devices. With device marketshare dropping as well as a slip in mobile browser marketshare, Australia will be getting the shot in the arm they so desperately need to positively reflect the currently small and slow international growth trend of WP. Fortunately for WP and Australia, the arrival of the 2nd generation devices has marked an immediate increase in both statistical markers across Europe. With an Australian market hungry to be unpdated to 2nd gen. devices, WP should see an improvement in sales with 2 new models on the way. Read on past the break to find out which models, where, and when…

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Optus Austalia pushing out 7.10.8107 Update .. did u get yours ?

January 20, 2012 | 12

We have talked about the 7.10.8107 Update which fixes the annoying disappearing keyboard issue, the update created some issue between Microsoft and its Windows Phone users. Thankfully my carrier ( Optus in Australia ) has just pushed out the update. … Read More

What is new in 7.10.7740.16 update ?

December 3, 2011 | 15

Update 7.10.7740.16

Update 7.10.7740.16


My Omnia 7 just received the 7.10.7740.16 update this update is said to fix the email and voicemail bug in Mango. This update is said to be applicable to certain markets. I got them in Australia, did any of our readers get this ?

Email threads. Fixes an email issue related to Microsoft Exchange Server 2003. With this fix, when you reply to or forward a message, the original message is now included in your response.

Voicemail. Fixes a voicemail notification display issue that occurs on some European and Asian networks under certain conditions.

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The Big Picture Experience Melbourne

November 25, 2011 |

I was at The Big Picture Experience Melbourne, where Microsoft showcased a wide range of products and services they offer in Australia. The event took place at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre : Bays 5 & 6 on Wed 23 Nov from 9:00 AM. The idea behind the event was to allows guests to experience first-hand six powerful scenarios set in the worlds of business and the home. From a consumer point of view its a great event to get to know all the new toys Microsoft has in the Market and a few early glimpse of what to expect in the future.

TheBigPicture

TheBigPicture

I was in to the Modern home and World of Devices section where all the fun stuff like xBox and Windows Phones were showcased. There were lot of stuff to go through if you are interested in Microsoft technology or if you are in the Market to buy a new piece of tech from Microsoft or their partners but if you are an enthusiast and wanted to see what is next it was a bit of a disappointment.

I got the chance to meet some fellow Windows Phone enthusiasts from Australia Sheeds ( the owner of WPDownUnder ) and a Windows Phone Developer Garry Holden ( check out his FREE app WOW Companion )

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Microsoft The Big Picture Experience in Sydney and Melbourne

October 26, 2011 | 2

The Big Picture Experience

The Big Picture Experience


Ever wanted to check out the cool new tech gear Microsoft has to offer ? If you happen to be in Sydney / Melbourne it looks like you can. With the caption of “Don’t tell me, SHOW ME!”, Microsoft is planning to run an event that allows you to explore first-hand cutting-edge and amazing Microsoft technology. The event titled ” The Big Picture Experience ” will be an open to all event and promises a hands on approach to the new tech.

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Zune Pass coming this month to Australia for $12

October 26, 2011 | 4
Zune WP7 xBox PC

Zune WP7 xBox PC

Microsoft Australia has just announced voice control for Kinect along with Zune Music Pass subscription service , according to gizmodo.com.au.

Zune Music pass will launch on November 16 at $11.99 per month or $119.90 annually and will most likely be the same model as the service which was announced in Canada, and can be used on Xbox 360, Windows Phone, Windows PC, Zune devices and Zune.net.The plan will provide unlimited, on-demand access to more than 14 million songs and will not include 10 MP3s to keep each month. (Unlike the previous Zune Music Pass offering which was limited to US ). It looks like Music Video will also be supported ( according to @longzheng who is attending the event). Microsoft’s also announced voice control for Kinect today.

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New wave of Mango devices coming to Australian Carriers ?

October 13, 2011 | 1

Steve Guggenheimer Corporate Vice President, Original Equipment Manufacturer Division was presenting some of the new hardware at Sydney Uni ,the event is being tweeted with the #newpcs tag. Amongst various hardware that were showcased some Windows Phone devices also came … Read More

Register for the Melbourne Windows Phone Developer Workshop : 8 and 9 Oct 2011

September 19, 2011 | 4

Are you a developer in Melbourne ? Microsoft Australia is having a Windows Phone Developer Workshop session that is aimed to make developer’s life easier when it comes to developing apps / games for the new Mango ( Windows Phone 7.5 update ). The workshop will be predominantly hands-on with a short talk introducing each topic. You will also have the opportunity to review you own projects with a team of experts over the course of the workshop.

Subject to timing, topics covered will include:-

  • Windows Phone Pivot and Panoramas
  • Navigation and Controls
  • Push Notifications
  • Launchers and Choosers
  • Application Lifecycle
  • Bing Maps
  • Multitasking
  • Phone Capabilities
  • Local Database with SQL SE
  • Fast Application Switching
  • XNA Games development
  • Symbian/QT Development overview

Speakers will include

  • Adrian Tsai
  • Chris Walsh
  • Dave Glover
  • Nick Randolph

Click through for the Full Press Release

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Podcasts on Windows Phone via Zune in Australia [ video ]

September 4, 2011 | 4

we did see that Microsoft was quietly testing Music and Podcast in Australia , I noted that I can now subscribe to audio and video podcast using Zune and can easily sync it with my Windows Phone. Unfortunately the marketplace … Read More

Windows Phone 7 Australia Dev Challenge .. Win a Trip to MIX11 in Las Vegas

February 14, 2011 |

Here is some good news to all Aussie WP7 developers. Windows Phone 7 Australia wants to crown one of you developer ” Windows Phone 7 App Champion ” and there are some perks that comes along with the … Read More

Aussie Windows Phone 7 Nightclub Commercial

November 10, 2010 | 5

Here is a new Windows Phone 7 ad that has come up for Australia. We have seen a few ads for WP7 over time ( Glance and Go , Lawrence of Arabia, Meet Anna .. ). I haven’t seen … Read More