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Windows Phone 7 in Australia: As usual - missing major features

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    Max Power

    Very dissapointing.

    1. No Zune music

    2. No Local search in Bing (you know, the one in ALL the demos that show local businesses etc)

    3. No voice search.

    Further, despite my avid following of WP7 over the year, I was not aware of any restrictions except a rumour of the Zune music not comming (no big surprise - we only have video on Xbox too).

    The Local search results do work if we change our regional settings to English US - but then everything comes up in miles and feet and all the other odd things you guys use to measure distances Wink This of course further begs the question, why disable it for Aus? You guys obviously have all the feeds in from Sensis (our phone books etc company), so whats the hold up?

    I get the feeling we are just a country for your pre-US release testing?

    Oh, I beleive the UK are in the same boat with voice search but have Zune music.

    Its a great phone, I am not ranting about that, just how Microsoft never bring all the functions down under.

     

     

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    Bas

    Do you guys have the XBox Live feature?

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    Max Power

    @Bas:Yeah, all the rest appears ok, just Bing and Zune are crippled, which means if you want music the iPhone is still the way to go over here.

    The lack of voice in search is odd, because you can use TellMe for voice in every other part of the system the US can, just not Bing?!

     

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    Bas

    Look at it this way: you could be worse off by not having XBox Live or paid apps in the app store either.

    I can only imagine what kind of nonsensical regional crippling will occur in non-English speaking countries. Especially since they're planning to release it (or already have, who knows) over here with an English UI at first.

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    contextfree

    @Max Power: Sounds really disappointing. IMO they shouldn't have released it at all in this state. These are basic scenarios and the third party support isn't strong enough to make up for it.

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    Max Power

    @contextfree: Well, heres to hoping that a google search app becomes available with all these missing features - its a shame that Microsoft has locked down the search to a Bing service that doesnt support our country, otherwise I would just change it to Google and be a happy camper.

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    JoshRoss

    @Max Power: When someone does a voice search in Bing, I believe that the phone sends a copy of the captured audio to a Bing Server, where it is analyzed. Perhaps it is a problem with the sound wave arriving back in the US upside down. This is a real problem with American toilets, when deployed down-under.

    -Josh

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    elmer

    I still use a GSM Nokia 6310i, because there are simply no services in Australia to justify me "upgrading" from it.

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    Max Power

    @JoshRoss:lol Wink

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    Max Power

    Oh, another thing, anyone here had any luck installing a Class B certificate?

    I work for HP and the majority of external facing websites etc (sharpoint for example) require me to have this certificate installed.

    There is a WM 6x installer, but as its in a cab it doesnt work.

    So, then I tried extracting the certificate from another WM device, and emailing it to WP7 - it says it worked, but still wont authenticate.

    I know its possible, as if you email the cert to an iPhone, it works.

    Any ideas?

     

     

     

     

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