The Top 10 Windows Fone Improvements


With a lot of cheer and bonhomie, the Exchange team bid farewall to CVP Terry Myerson little over a year ago. We were sad to see him leave Exchange, but happy that he was headed over to Windows Fone. The Exchange team had its Windows Fone wishlist ready!

Here it is, for the very first time in public, the Top 10 Windows Fone improvements, ruthlessly brainstormed and painstakingly prioritized by the Exchange team. These are likely to be released in an unscheduled over-the-air Windows Fone update.

  1. Prerequisites: New Prereqs for installing Windows Fone 7 on your phone.
    • .NET Compact Framework 3.5
    • Windows Powershell 2.0
  2. Processor requirements: New phone hardware will need to be 64-bit
  3. ActiveCloud: Windows Fone7 will offer seamless integration with the cloud using the new features tentatively named ActiveCloud. Phone numbers will be stored in the cloud (a Windows Live Account will be required). Contacts will be stored locally using ESE Mobile.
  4. Standard Edition: Windows Fone7 Standard Edition will be limited to making 75 outbound calls.
  5. High Availability: Windows Fone7 will introduce a new mobile high availability feature— Phone Clusters. This will require Windows Fone7 Enterprise Edition. Customers will see the value prop during Continuous Low Battery (CLB) failover, but will have to have redundant phones to implement.
  6. New hand gestures: Support for several new exciting hand gestures, including "single finger" dialing.
  7. Intelligent Call Filtering (ICF): ICF will no longer leverage SmartScreen, but instead, will utilize the newly-architected SailorMouth Call Rejection API. Each calll will be assigned a SCL value, and calls meeting the set thresholds rejected at the network level. Call rejection will be transparent to the user.
  8. PhoneBPA: Users will have the option for Windows Fone7 phones to automatically launch PhoneBPA upon startup
  9. Call Receive: Call Receive functionality will be added in SP1, and will also require a separate CAL to enable
  10. Phone Management Shell (PMS): PMS is the new Windows PowerShell-based phone management experience in Windows Fone 7. It'll introduce a simpler new paradigm for making calls - using CMDLETS! For example, to make a call, you'll simply need to run:

    Get-Contacts | Get-PhoneNumbers | Select-String -Pattern "Home" | Dial-Number -RetryOnBusy $true

  11. If you have any feedback about the above, or additional requirements you'd like us to consider for Windows Fone, please leave a comment.

    -- Exchange


Comments (10)
  1. Bob Hyatt says:

    "SailorMouth"?  Isn’t that Bookey’s nickname?

  2. Sam Tudorov says:

    Happy 4/1 to all.

  3. Andy David says:

    I recommend doing an offline defrag nightly on the WinMo ESE Mobile database.

  4. Pat Richard says:

    What about a WinMo DAG?

  5. mpbk says:

    If you administer an Exchange 2010 server, #10 at first makes you laugh, then makes you really sad for the rest of the day.

  6. Missy Koslosky says:

    Darn. You left out the ATM (automated texting machine) feature I really was hoping to see. I was hoping I could replace my teenager with the ATM.

  7. CyberTAU says:

    Too funny.  Had to share with my Army IT listserv.

  8. mike says:

    its a little after 6 am in chicago april 4 and its just so funny thx guys

    75 outgoing calls in standard edition you didnt mention new SIP requirements not the fact that you need to install agent on youre home existing wired phone ( not all home phones supported )

  9. fung says:

    PIM running on ESENT ?

  10. Nuno Mota says:

    I hope PMS also allows us to search Message Tracking Logs…   :-p

    By the way, will Fone7 provide a similar functionality as the Client Access Server so that we can access our “mailbox” on our phone using a web browser on a PC or even on our mobile?!   lol

    Excellent, excellent post guys!   :)

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