Microsoft and Nokia announce plans for a broad strategic partnership on Windows Phone

Microsoft and Nokia Announce Broad Strategic Partnership

Fresh from the Microsoft Windows Phone Newsroom today, the details on the deal with Nokia…

"Nokia and Microsoft today announced plans to form a broad strategic partnership that would use their complementary strengths and expertise to create a new global mobile ecosystem.

"Nokia and Microsoft intend to jointly create market-leading mobile products and services designed to offer consumers, operators and developers unrivalled choice and opportunity. As each company would focus on its core competencies, the partnership would create the opportunity for rapid time to market execution. Additionally, Nokia and Microsoft plan to work together to integrate key assets and create completely new service offerings, while extending established products and services to new markets."

Under the proposed partnership:

  • Nokia would adopt Windows Phone as its principal smartphone strategy, innovating on top of the platform in areas such as imaging, where Nokia is a market leader.
  • Nokia would help drive the future of Windows Phone. Nokia would contribute its expertise on hardware design, language support, and help bring Windows Phone to a larger range of price points, market segments and geographies.
  • Nokia and Microsoft would closely collaborate on joint marketing initiatives and a shared development roadmap to align on the future evolution of mobile products.
  • Bing would power Nokia’s search services across Nokia devices and services, giving customers access to Bing’s next generation search capabilities. Microsoft adCenter would provide search advertising services on Nokia’s line of devices and services.
  • Nokia Maps would be a core part of Microsoft’s mapping services. For example, Maps would be integrated with Microsoft’s Bing search engine and adCenter advertising platform to form a unique local search and advertising experience
  • Nokia’s extensive operator billing agreements would make it easier for consumers to purchase Nokia Windows Phone services in countries where credit-card use is low.
  • Microsoft development tools would be used to create applications to run on Nokia Windows Phones, allowing developers to easily leverage the ecosystem’s global reach.
  • Nokia’s content and application store would be integrated with Microsoft Marketplace for a more compelling consumer experience.

More information is available here


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Update available for Microsoft Office OneNote for Apple’s iPhone, iPad and iOS

Remember the new release of Microsoft Office OneNote for Apple’s iPhone, iPad and iOS?

Benoit Barabe reminded me of the  1.0.1 update released which addresses the error 400 some users experienced. Still US only for now, but everyone who has 1.0 should get the free upgrade to 1.0.1.

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Now available: Microsoft Office OneNote for Apple’s iPhone, iPad and iOS

**Free for a limited time**

I love Microsoft Office OneNote on my Windows Phone 7. I f I still used my iPhone 3GS, I could now get OneNote there, too: the team has released Microsoft OneNote for the iPhone. Follow the team blog (including outside the US availability) here. 

You can get Microsoft’s OneNote for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad at the Apple iTunes App Store at As Michael Oldenburg noted today…

“Since I began looking at Microsoft Office 2010 Beta feedback last year, the one question so many of you asked perhaps more than any other was “When will you release a OneNote app for the iPhone?” I’m happy to say that the time has come. First, check out the official announcement by Takeshi Numoto, corporate vice president of the Microsoft Office Product Management Group. Then head over to the iTunes App Store to download OneNote Mobile for iPhone. It works on any iPhone or iPod touch running iOS 4.2 or later, and it’s free for a limited time.

“With OneNote Mobile, you can create and view notes and lists right on your iPhone. Your notes can be synced with your Windows Live SkyDrive account so you can access, edit, and share them from virtually anywhere. (Don’t have a SkyDrive account yet? Sign up here — it’s free!) You can also use OneNote Mobile for iPhone to view and edit any of the notes that you’ve created on your computer and synced to your SkyDrive account.”

Microsoft OneNote Mobile is the easy-to-use, powerful note-taking application for all of your ideas, brought to you by Microsoft Office. OneNote Mobile lets you create and view notes and lists whenever you need them. Sync your notes with free Windows Live online storage and access them from virtually anywhere using your phone, PC, or almost any web browser.

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.2 or later.

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With OneNote Mobile, you can:

  • Create flexible notes that can include text, pictures, bullets, and checkboxes
  • Check To Do items off on the go
  • Save time with quick access to your most recent notes
  • Work with confidence—OneNote Mobile automatically syncs your notes with Windows Live in the background
  • Organize your notes into sections or create new notebooks using OneNote 2010 or OneNote Web App and access them from your iPhone


  • iPhone or iPod touch must have iOS 4.2 or higher
  • A free Windows Live ID is required to use OneNote Mobile —use an existing one or let OneNote Mobile help you sign up
  • Web functionality uses the free OneNote Web App available on Windows Live, which requires a supported web browser
  • OneNote Mobile opens notebooks created in Microsoft OneNote 2010 or the OneNote Web App
  • Customizing section colors requires Microsoft OneNote 2010
  • Access your notes online at

As noted on the on the San Francisco Chronicle site today

Microsoft took a huge step forward in its mobile strategy this morning: for the first time, the company has released an Office application for Apple’s iPhone.

OneNote, which has been part of the desktop Office family since 2003, is a natural fit for mobile touch-screen devices: it’s supported touch interface (with a stylus, true, but touch nonetheless) since its inception. Users often want to take quick notes on the go, and OneNote backs files up to the cloud via Windows Live SkyDrive, giving users access to all their notes from any location and device with an Internet connection.

“It’s also a great move for Microsoft, which needs to maintain the relevance of Office — its number-two business, with revenue of about $13 billion a year — as smartphones and tablets grow at the expense of Windows PCs.

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Good stuff.

UPDATE 01/18 – 12:50 PM PST from the OneNote Blog… 

OneNote Program Manager Daniel Escapa confirms that due to the overwhelming response to the OneNote Mobile app release today, we have received reports from some customers who are experiencing an error when they attempt to login. Specifically, you may encounter the following error message: “Loading list of notebooks failed. (400).”

The underlying cause is an intermittent issue due to the overwhelming interest in the app. The current workaround is to keep attempting to sign in. Once you get past this error, OneNote Mobile will sync without any problem. The OneNote team is actively investigating the issue and believes to have identified the cause. An update for the app is in the works. Please check back for further developments as they become available. We apologize for any inconvenience and sincerely thank you for your patience and interest in OneNote Mobile.

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Moving from an iPhone to a new Windows Phone 7? Here are some tips

Get a new Windows Mobile phone but not sure what to do first?

First of all, be sure to follow the instructions before turning on your new device, and possibly moving over to a new SIM card.

Initially, I was wondering the best way to move from my HTC Fuze (for heavy meeting days), HTC Pure, and (gasp) Apple iPhone 3GS to a new AT&T Samsung Focus device, and I had no idea how some of the basics would be or should be moved to the new device. Unlike my past moves, which have been primarily moves of one Windows Mobile Phone to another, moves were easy with Outlook and Exchange handling the bulk of the duty.

But an iPhone?

Frankly, I had no idea where to get the basics besides mail and contacts (thank you, Outlook, for making that easy) – namely, an easy way to move my notes, photos and bookmarks.

imageGuess what? Outlook makes easy work of the process, along with some help from iTunes, IE and good old drag-to-copy. More to that in a minute – I’m getting ahead of myself.

My first stop is the Windows Phone site on You’ll find a good resource page for Help & How-to information, with my first stop on (quaintly enough) Start Here.

I also recommend reviewing the information on the Windows Phone 7 Get Started page, and go and get the Zune software if you don’t yet use the service. (For us, it’s a staple for music and video.)

Selecting a Windows Live ID for your phone

As you might know, Windows Phone 7 knows about you based upon your Windows Live ID. But what if you have more than one WLID (as I do, and I’m sure many of you do, too)?  That’s where the Windows Live ID Selection Wizard comes in. If you already have a WLID associated with your Hotmail, Zune Tag or Xbox gamertag, thw Wizard will help you choose the right one for your new phone.

Signing in with your Windows Live ID lights up many of the services on your phone. You use it when you download apps or buy music and videos from Marketplace, play Xbox LIVE games, or use a Zune Pass. If you already have contacts, messages, a calendar, and photos stored on Windows Live, they’ll all be automatically synced to your phone when you sign in.

If you have more than one Windows Live ID, you’ll need to choose just one to sign in on your phone. Some IDs are harder to change than others, so we’ve created this Windows Live ID Selection Wizard to help you decide which one to use.

Turns out the best Windows Live ID is the one I use to manage my Zune, Xbox Live and one of my (main) web-based email accounts.

Saving and Importing imageContacts

On to contacts. The FAQ’s on site titled “Import contacts from my old phone” is a good general reference. If you are like me, Outlook running with Exchange is the master of all your contacts. As phones on GSM networks (such as AT&T and T-Mobile) use SIM cards, you can use the SIM to save your contacts and import them directly on to your phone. But if you’re like me, you received a new SIM card with your new phone – and if you’re using an iPhone with Apple’s iTunes (or any other phone that doesn’t connect to Outlook directly), you’ll have to ensure that you set iTunes up to sync with Outlook in Windows or export your contacts.

In the case of my wife who uses Outlook to sync with her mail via POP3, I chose to have iTunes sync her contacts with Outlook. As she also has a Hotmail account, I installed the Office Outlook Hotmail Connector to allow her email to sync not only at home on her PC with Outlook, but also be available anywhere via the Internet on Hotmail – and as I set up her Live ID to also be the same as her home email address, it all looks the same to her and the people she mails.

The Windows Phone 7 group has posted this overview of how to get contacts onto your phone, and this on on importing contacts from your PC.

Saving your Photos

Once again, iTunes iTunes syncs everything to and from your iPhone, including video and photos. Historically I have chosen to drag copy the photos and videos from the iPhone directly (from the Desktop) to a folder in My Photos in Windows 7 – that way I was able to pick and chose what ended up in My Photos, in addition to a safety copy backed up by iTunes.

Getting to your Notes & Bookmarks

imageimageSpeaking of backing up your old phone, one thing that wasn’t clear to me (even after having used devices with Outlook for so many years) was how do I make sure that all my notes on my iPhone would be backed up and saved somewhere on my Windows PC? I knew that my music and photos were synced, but where were those notes? I may not have as many notes in the pad as I have email, but they’re important none the less.

Turns out that since iOS v3, Notes can be backed up in iTunes. If you connect your iPhone to iTunes, you’ll see a new option to “Sync notes with Outlook.” You can now save notes without having to use third-party software as had been the case previously. (The same is true with bookmarks as shown here: you simply select “Sync bookmarks with Internet Explorer” and they’ll appear in your list.)

Where do you find the synced notes on your PC? With Outlook, they’re in your appropriately named Notes pane (via the Go menu option). Once you sync your iPhone with iTunes after setting up the “Other” section, you’ll see your synced Notes appear.

There are different ways to sync files on your phone, depending on the type of file and where i’s stored. TO learn more, take a look at the article on syncing files with your phone.

Using OneNote to sync your notes (added 11/24/10):  I’m a huge OneNote fan and OneNote Mobile lets you take notes and sync existing OneNote notebooks with your new Windows Phone 7. It integrates easily with Windows Live SkyDrive (I love having 25GB of free online storage in the cloud). For information about syncing notes between your phone and SkyDrive, see Use Microsoft OneNote Mobile.

Ready to start up your phone?

Once you’ve successfully backed up your phone and migrated your service per the instructions you received with your new device. In my case, AT&T noted that I should wait at least 15 minutes to turn on the phone once I’d charged the battery. “Doing otherwise may compromise the activation process.” OK, duly noted.

Setting up your Email and Applications

For me, this was one of the easiest email setups on a new device since I don’t know when. I easily synced my phone with my Exchange server, and set up my email addresses as noted in the “Set up an email account instructions” on the WP7 site. In my case, this was all done easily with the wizards right on my phone. For my wife, once we confirmed that her LiveID still worked and that her POP3 mail was flowing to it, it was easy to sync up her mail as well.

On to the applications: After doing a quick inventory and assessment over the last few weeks of the applications I really use (yes, Angry Birds is cute, but I’m stuck in the middle of level 9), I found that most of the apps I need are available on Windows Phone 7. For work, that includes the basics of Outlook, messaging an the like. For work outside of work, there’s apps for eBay, FaceBook, Foursquare, Yelp, OpenTable, Twitter and more. For entertainment, I have YouTube, Fandango, Netflix and finally (thank you!) Zune.

Let me say that I love the Zune subscription music service… and I’d say that even if I wasn’t a Microsoft employee (as I pay for the monthly service just like everyone else). With Zune, I’m able to sync my wife’s favourite music to her new Zune phone, er, I mean Windows Phone 7 ;), my own musical tastes to my phone, and my son’s libraries to their Zunes.

A few still have yet to make it over to WP7, including PayPal (which I read on PayPal’s site is of interest), reader support for Amazon’s Kindle and the apps supporting my banks. (If you’re waiting for the Kindle reader like I am, head over to Amazon’s site and sign up to be notified when Kindle for Windows Phone 7 is available.)  I noted that when it came to travel, there are several Windows Phone equivalents for popular iPhone apps – a couple of these still have to appear on Windows Phone 7, such as Gowalla, WiFi Radar, and others. Over at ZDNet, Matthew Miller asked “What five Windows Phone 7 apps are missing to meet your needs?” He notes that like me, he’s looking for a banking app, an eBook reader and a few other items.  You can also see a list of some of the WP7 apps under development on the 1800pocketpc site.

More reading & resources 

A good resource is Paul Thurrott’s post on Getting Ready for Windows Phone where he details some of the things you’ll want to do first, including creating a Windows Live ID, import contacts from Outlook, Facebook, Gmail and other places, and more.

Popular topics on the Windows Phone 7 site

What do the icons on my phone mean?  What do the icons on my phone mean? Baffled by the hieroglyphics at the top of your screen? This handy guide will help you decipher them.

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