Whatsapp for Windows Phone

WhatsApp now available in Windows Phone marketplace, download the WhatsApp XAP now! (Updated)

Breaking. WhatsApp is finally available in the marketplace ( via WMPU ). At this moment, we are unable to find the application in the marketplace. But we got hold of the xap. Hit the Skydrive link below to download the highly awaited messaging app.

 

We’ll update this story with marketplace download link as soon as it’s available.

Thanks for the tip Adam

Update: WhatsApp is live in the marketplace! Hit the Zune download link below

Zune Download Link

Silverlight v/s HTML5

JavaScript / HTML5 vs. Silverlight: Not this again?!

Windows Build came and went. There was fanfare and hoopla and presents to be given and when the dust settled… a new future was laid out; a vision of a “one” ecosystem. No longer will we be sent out into the cold with our files interspersed among our appliances. Soon all of my “stuff” will be available to me no matter where or what appliance I’m on… and it will all work seamlessly. Regardless of if I’m on my PC at home or using my tablet in a meeting or looking for files on my phone while taking a cab to the airport, all the while residing in the beautiful cloud… the light is so pretty… Windows 8 has ushered in the “Post PC” era.

Silverlight v/s HTML5

What the hell does this have to do with the title?! Glad you asked. You see, besides being a professional wrambler and current holder of record for the longest run on sentence, to pay my bills I also dabble in software development. My OS of choice: Windows of course. My language of choice? whatever gets the j0b done. Which brings me to my dilemma. Currently most of the projects I work on are web based. I’ve done all kinds of coding; JAVA backend system for credit card processing, VB4-6 desktop applications (yes even Access so don’t laugh), .Net CRM in the cloud; but the other day a colleague asked me “so what do ya think? HTML5 or Silverlight?”. Profound isn’t it?

Now, I know there have been various posts about this topic and I’ve read them and everyone says more or less the same thing; JS+HTML5 is great if you know for sure your client will be running on a browser and you don’t really need lower level access and/or security. Whereas Silverlight can be used for other things; Silverlight lets not forget is a plugin so inherently it will be able to do things that JS/HTML5 wont be able to do. Think about it logically…. its already installed on your machine right? Whoa… is it? Well now we have something to consider. Who are we targeting? Do they already have Silverlight installed? Can they install Silverlight? What if the bulb dies? errr sorry I meant what if they don’t have rights? These are important questions that need to be answered. However on the other end we have JS and HTML5 that runs in any browser right? Whoa… (this again?)… does it really run on any browser? I know many corporate environments still on IE 6-7 or Firefox 3.6 and will be there for still some time; and that doesn’t even count the fact that HTML5 is not ready yet. HTML5 is gaining traction for sure and most browsers are compliant for the most part but… still, its not done yet.

Feels like I’m ending up with more questions than when I started. After much deliberation with my colleagues and then simply disregarding their opinions based on the fact that they are all ignorant, I can honestly say that I don’t know. It is as simple as that. Things are moving so quickly now that I can barely tell what language I’m writing in (which by the way Im working on a side project fixing a bazillion bugs on an ASP site written entirely in server side JS WTF!). What I can say is that if you think about it logically, Silverlight is a plugin. It, like Flash was created to allow for missing functionality in browsers (I know it can be used on the client machine as well but were talking web apps today). With time, they get updated (Flash 11 in beta now? SL 4?). However, there will most definitely come a point in time when the browser will no longer need a plugin because the browser itself and the underlying transport mechanism has been updated. At that time Flash, Silverlight, whatever plugin will become obsolete. The question is then do you believe that will happen so quickly that it makes not learning a new technology worthwhile or necessary? Well, I’m still get paid to support VB6 and classic ASP applications; I suppose having a few more belts is better than having none at all. Im just saying.

Tune in next time when we discuss my hammer toe and when will my reflux go away! It ought to make for some exciting discussions!

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Windows Phone does send location data without user consent (Update: Mango is clean)

Rafael Rivera of Within Windows fame has done some more digging into the claims of Samy Kamkar that led to a lawsuit being filed against Microsoft. The lawsuit claimed that location data was being sent to Microsoft without user consent. Though met with initial skepticism due to the vague nature of the filing, Rafael finds that the claims are, in fact, true.

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Official Lync app for Windows Phone [ and other Platforms ]

A Couple of days before we reported about Xync - An Unofficial app for Microsoft Lync. Matt Landis, in his blog post  wondered why Microsoft is yet to release official apps for Lync. Looks like the folks at MSFT were not sleeping after all. Microsoft is all set to launch Lync Mobile for your Windows Phone and for other mobile platforms too.  For all those who have probably heard Lync for the first time , Microsoft Lync caters to business users with a wide range of services like messaging, videoconferencing, presence, and microblogging.

The Windows Phone client for Lync Mobile will run on both the original version of Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 7.5 Mango. Apart from Windows Phone 7, Microsoft Lync will also be available for Android and iPhone – which perfectly makes sense because of the market share these two mobile platforms enjoy.

According to Information Week, Microsoft Lync is all set to receive a big update beyond the mobile version which will allow desktop users to make Internet calls directly from within Lync to any landline or mobile device. Microsoft is rolling out the service in collaboration with mobile VoIP specialist Jah Jah.

Lync seems to be ( and is ) the perfect platform for Microsoft to integrate Skype but the Company is not yet talking about how it plans to use  Skype until Regulators sign off the deal.