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30+ Awesome Free and Open Source Audio Applications List

Open Source community has great Audio Applications. We had featured 20 Audio Editors. Here is a best of the Audio Applications list that has, Audio Editors, Audio Sequencers, Stream Rippers, CD Rippers and much more. This list is constantly updated and comments, additions are most welcome. Thanks for commenting and helping us to grow the list.

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Amarok – Rediscover music

Amarok is a powerful music player for Linux and Unix, MacOS X and Windows with an intuitive interface. It makes playing the music you love and discovering new music easier than ever before – and it looks good doing it!

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Ardour – Digital Audio Workstation

Record Audio, Mix, Edit and Collaborate. One of the Ultimate Audio Editing software for Mac OS X and Linux.

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Audacity – The Free, Cross-Platform Sound Editor

Audacity® is free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. It is available for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems.

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Banshee – Music Player

Play your music and videos. Stay entertained and up to date with podcasts and video podcasts.  Sync your G1 phone, iPod, and other devices. We think you’ll love the new Banshee! Banshee is written in C# on the Mono platform using GNOME technologies (Gtk#, GStreamer, etc).

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CDEx – Audio CD Extractor

CDEx is a very popular Open Source Digital Audio CD Extractor with more than 38 million downloads.

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Grip – CD Ripper/CD Player

Grip is a cd-player and cd-ripper for the Gnome desktop. It has the ripping capabilities of cdparanoia built-in, but can also use external rippers (such as cdda2wav). It also provides an automated frontend for MP3 (and other audio format) encoders, letting you take a disc and transform it easily straight into MP3s. Internet disc lookups are supported for retrieving track information from disc database servers.Grip works with DigitalDJ to provide a unified “computerized” version of your music collection.

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Hydrogen – Advanced Drum Machine For GNU/Linux

Hydrogen is an advanced drum machine for GNU/Linux. It’s main goal is to bring professional yet simple and intuitive pattern-based drum programming.

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Jokosher – Multi-Track Audio Studio

Jokosher is a simple yet powerful multi-track studio. With it you can create and record music, podcasts and more, all from an integrated simple environment.

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LMMS – Linux Multimedia Studio

LMMS is a free cross-platform alternative to commercial programs like FL Studio®, which allow you to produce music with your computer. This includes the creation of melodies and beats, the synthesis and mixing of sounds, and arranging of samples. You can have fun with your MIDI-keyboard and much more; all in a user-friendly and modern interface.

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MuseScore – Free music composition & notation software

MuseScore is a free cross platform WYSIWYG music notation program, licensed under GNU GPL.

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MusikCube – Fast, Lightweight Music management

musikCube is an mp3 player for the modern generation. It helps you just listen to what you want to hear, while offering innovative features not seen elsewhere. For the
technical user, musikCube is based on an embedded SQL database engine known as sqlite. For the non technical user, that means its fast. Really fast. “Dynamic playlists” allow fully automatic, randomized playback of songs based on your observed listening habits. The more you listen, the smarter it gets. It also features browsable, user sortable playlists.

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MusE – Audio Sequencer

MusE is a MIDI/Audio sequencer with recording and editing capabilities written originally by Werner Schweer now developed and maintained by the MusE development team. MusE aims to be a complete multitrack virtual studio for Linux, it is published under the GNU General Public License.

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Rosegarden – Audio Sequencer

Rosegarden is a well-rounded audio and MIDI sequencer, score editor, and general-purpose music composition and editing environment. Rosegarden is an easy-to-learn, attractive application that runs on Linux, ideal for composers, musicians, music students, and small studio or home recording environments.

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Songbird – Manage Your Music

Click, Download and Start listening to your music in an organized way. Very simple, useful Audio Player. It is an alternative to Apple’s iTunes.

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SoundKonverter – KDE Sound Application

soundKonverter is a frontend to various audio converters. The key features are:
- Audio conversion
- Replay Gain calculation
- CD ripping

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StreamRipper – Internet Radio Recorder

StreamRipper is an Open Source (GPL) application that lets you record streaming mp3 to your hard drive. There is an alternative Open Source Stream Recording software – StreamHijacker.

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WinLAME – Audio Encoder (Windows)

winLAME is an encoder for several audio formats, including mp3 (MPEG Layer 3), Ogg Vorbis and more. winLAME lets you set up the encoding process with an easy-to-use wizard-style user interface.

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Updated List

Breakage – Intelligent Drum Machine

Breakage is an intelligent drum machine designed to make it easy and fun to play complex, live breakbeat performances. A step-sequencer pattern editor and previewer, database, sample browser, neural network, pattern morphs, statistics and probabilistic pattern generator give you the tools to work with breaks on a higher level than ever before.

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Bristol – Synthesiser Emulation On Linux

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BpmDJ – DJ Tools For Linux

BpmDJ is a tool to do DJ on Linux, plays MP3s and Ogg’s.

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DJPlay – DJ App for Linux

DJPlay aims to be a high class live DJing application for Linux.

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Exaile – Play It, Enjoy It

Exaile is a music manager and player for GTK+ written in Python. It incorporates automatic fetching of album art, lyrics fetching, Last.fm scrobbling, support for many portable media players, internet radio such as shoutcast, and tabbed playlists.

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FluidSynth – Real-Time Software Synthesizer

FluidSynth is a real-time software synthesizer based on the SoundFont 2 specifications.

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Helix Player – Media Player For Linux

The Helix Player is an open source media player for Linux, Solaris, and Symbian based on the Helix DNA Client media engine. More operating system versions are currently in development.

Jack – Audio Connection kit

JACK is system for handling real-time, low latency audio (and MIDI). It runs on GNU/Linux, Solaris, FreeBSD, OS X and Windows (and can be ported to other POSIX-conformant platforms). It can connect a number of different applications to an audio device, as well as allowing them to share audio between themselves. Its clients can run in their own processes (ie. as normal applications), or can they can run within the JACK server (ie. as a “plugin”). JACK also has support for distributing audio processing across a network, both fast & reliable LANs as well as slower, less reliable WANs.

JAMin – Professional Audio Mastering

JAMin is the JACK Audio Connection Kit (JACK) Audio Mastering interface. JAMin is an open source application designed to perform professional audio mastering of stereo input streams. It uses LADSPA for digital signal processing (DSP). JAMin is licensed under the GPL.

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LilyPond – Music Notation For Everyone

LilyPond prints music in the best traditions of classical engraving with minimum fuss. Don’t waste time on tuning spacing, moving around symbols, or shaping slurs. Impress friends and colleagues with sharp sheet music!

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LinuxSampler – Audio Sampler

LinuxSampler is a free, streaming capable open source pure software audio sampler with professional grade features, comparable to both hardware and commercial Windows/Mac software samplers and to introduce new features not yet available by any other sampler in the world.

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Mixxx – Beatmix, better

Mixxx is free, open source DJ software that gives you everything you need to perform live mixes.

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MPD – Server Side Application For Playing Music

Music Player Daemon (MPD) is a flexible, powerful, server-side application for playing music. Through plugins and libraries it can play a variety of sound files while being controlled by its network protocol. MPD has lots of clients such as Sonata, LnkMusic, MPCool, Ario etc. Check out Clients section here.

RhythmBox – Inspired By iTunes

Rhythmbox is an integrated music management application, originally inspired by Apple’s iTunes. It is free software, designed to work well under the GNOME Desktop, and based on the powerful GStreamer media framework.

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Sonic Visualiser – Audio Visualiser

Sonic Visualiser is an application for viewing and analysing the contents of music audio files.

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TerminatorX – Real-Time Audio Synthesizer

TerminatorX is a real-time audio synthesizer that allows you to “scratch” on digitally sampled audio data (*.wav, *.au, *.ogg, *.mp3, etc.) the way hiphop-DJs scratch on vinyl records. It features multiple turntables, real-time effects (built-in as well as LADSPA plug-in effects), a sequencer and MIDI interface – all accessible through an easy-to-use gtk+ GUI. This software is designed to run under Linux, FreeBSD and the like.

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15+ Awesome Open Source Graphics Software List

Cenon – Cenon is a graphical tool of a special kind. Build upon a modular graphical core, Cenon offers a wide variety of possibilities and applications. image
The best of all, the Cenon core is free software, available with full source codes, and at home on many computer platforms. It is capable of doing Desktop publishing, vector graphic transformation etc.

Dia – Dia is roughly inspired by the commercial Windows program ‘Visio’, though more geared towards informal diagrams for casual use. It can be used to draw many different kinds of diagrams. It currently has special objects to help draw entity relationship diagrams, UML diagrams, flowcharts, network diagrams, and many other diagrams. It is also possible to add support for new shapes by writing simple XML files, using a subset of SVG to draw the shape.

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GimpShop – GIMPshop is a modification of the free/open source GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP), intended to replicate the feel of Adobe Photoshop. Its primary purpose is to make users of Photoshop feel comfortable using GIMP.

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Hugin – It is an easy to use cross-platform panoramic imaging toolchain based on Panorama Tools. With Hugin you can assemble a mosaic of photographs into a complete immersive panorama, stitch any series of overlapping pictures and much more.

Inkscape – An Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format. Inkscape supports many advanced SVG features (markers, clones, alpha blending, etc.) and great care is taken in designing a streamlined interface. It is very easy to edit nodes, perform complex path operations, trace bitmaps and much more. We also aim to maintain a thriving user and developer community by using open, community-oriented development.

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KoverArtist – KoverArtist is a program for the fast creation of covers for cd/dvd cases and boxes. The main idea behind it is to be able to create decent looking covers with some mouseclicks. There is no Open Source App for Windows, however there is a freeware called UnderCoverXP.

gLabels – gLabels is a program for creating labels and business cards for the GNOME desktop environment. It is designed to work with various laser/ink-jet peel-off label and business card sheets that you’ll find at most office supply stores. gLabels is free software and is distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License

KTooN – It is a free 2D Animation Toolkit  like Macromedia Flash kit.

Krita – Krita is a KDE program for sketching and painting, offering an end–to–end solution for creating digital painting files from scratch by masters. Fields of painting that Krita explicitly supports are concept art, creation of comics and textures for rendering. Modelled on existing real-world painting materials and workflows, Krita supports creative working by getting out of the way and with snappy response.

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MyPaint – Open Source Painting – MyPaint is a fast and easy open-source graphics application for digital painters. It lets you focus on the art instead of the program. You work on your canvas with minimum distractions, bringing up the interface only when you need it.

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OpenOffice Draw – DRAW lets you quickly sketch a complex plan, DRAW gives you the tools to communicate with graphics and diagrams. With a maximum page size of 300cm by 300cm, DRAW is powerful tool for creating technical or general posters, etc.

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Panorama Tools – As the name suggest, it is a set of Software, to View, Create, Edit and Remap Panoramic Images:

  • PTStitcher: High quality, simple to use, all format stitching software.
  • Panorama Tools: Photoshop plug-in for panorama creation, editing and remapping.
  • PTViewer: High quality spherical viewer, Standalone and java versions for many platforms.

Pixelize – Pixelize works by splitting up the image you want rendered (or duplicated) into a grid of small rectangular areas. Each area is analyzed, and replaced with an image chosen from a large database of images. Pixelize tries to pick images that best match each area.

Scribus – Scribus is an Open Source program that brings award-winning professional page layout to Linux/UNIX, Mac OS X, OS/2 Warp 4/eComStation and Windows desktops with a combination of “press-ready” output and new approaches to page layout. Underneath the modern and user friendly interface, Scribus supports professional publishing features, such as CMYK color, separations, Spot Colors, ICC color management and versatile PDF creation.

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Skencil – Skencil is a Free Software interactive vector drawing application.

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Synfig – Synfig is a powerful, industrial-strength vector-based open-source 2D animation software package, designed from the ground-up for producing feature-film quality animation with fewer people and resources. While there are many other programs currently on the market to aid with the efficient production of 2D animation, we are currently unaware of any other software that can do what our software can.

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Xara Extreme – Xara Xtreme for Linux is a powerful, general purpose graphics program for Unix platforms including Linux, FreeBSD and (in development) OS-X.

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Vast Collection Of Audio books at Audible

As we had mentioned earlier in our post on iPhone Audio Books That will Transform You into a Business Guru, the audio books were first introduced by American foundation, back in 1932 for the blind adults who cannot read printed books.  Today, the audio books are consider a valuable learning tool as it lets one to learn while doing other tasks like traveling, driving etc. Audible.com is an leading internet provider who sell audio books that you can listen from your iPod or MP3 player or a Blackberry.

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Audible has an wonderful collection of audio books in different categories organized under Business Classics, Fiction, History, Kids, Mysteries & Thrillers, Nonfiction, Romance, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Self Development and so on.

The following are three simple steps you need to go through to get started.

1. Create an Account
The first step in setting up an account is choosing a plan that suits your listening pace and offers other great benefits. Then complete a one-time, free software installation that enables your computer to download digital audio. (Users of iTunes can skip this installation.)

2.Browse our Catalog
Search over 60,000 titles for best sellers, timeless classics, and everything between. You can sample any of our selections by clicking the green play button, and items you select for purchase will appear in My Library, your online bookshelf.

3.Transfer and Listen
Whether you’re jogging through the park or relaxing at home, you can listen anywhere by transferring downloaded titles to your iPod®, Zune®, or other player. You can also stream your titles from a computer or burn them on CDs.

There are various membership plans available that are designed to save you money on the audio books you love. Just get started!

1 FREE Audiobook RISK-FREE from Audible

 

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Law Firm and Case Management – Best Legal Software To Manage Your Cases Easily

Law firms collect a tremendous amount of information to prepare for a case and management of this information is a challenge. Managing them manually takes great administrative work costing the firm valuable time and money. Case Management software’s are specifically designed to address these difficulties of a law firm. These law firm software’s help in organizing and accessing the cases efficiently and they also integrate it with supporting program like billing, contact management, calendars, case status and reports. Here in this post we review some popular law firm management software with various features that are targeted to significantly reduce wasted time in law firms. lawfirm

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1. Needles Case Management Software

Needles Case Management Software brings stability into the law firm by providing a sound set of procedures and significantly reducing the amount of wasted time. All case information becomes available to all authorized users at any time, day or night. The instant access to information helps the law firm work more proactively and as a unified team. Some of the key features are:

- Case Management
- Calendaring
- Case Status
- Case Value
- Client Relationship Management
- Customization Capabilities
- Data Storage
- Document Assembly
- Document Scanning
- Image Scanning
- Insurance Adjuster Information
- Matter Management
- Messaging
- Notes
- Rolodex Information

Try a free demo of the software.

2. Profiles SPX from Client Profiles

Profiles SPX is an award-winning Case Management software that is customized to fit the needs of the small law practice. With SPX, small firms can deploy the same powerful features found in the more expensive systems run by larger firms. SPX gives you all of the “must-have” features any small practice needs at an affordable price Profiles SPX features the most tightly integrated Microsoft Outlook / Exchange integration module available in the market. Here are some of the key features of Profile SPX.

- Docketing / Calendaring / Task Management
- Contact Management / Related-Party Database
- E-mail / Messaging Management
- Time Capture / Time Entry System
- Document Management
- Document Assembly
- Case Information Tracking / Law Type Information Management
- Microsoft Outlook/Exchange Integration

Try and order for a free demonstration of the software.

3. Amicus Attorney

Gavel & Gown Software Inc has a range of Amicus products that are designed to make law firms more efficient and profitable, while providing legal professionals with greater peace of mind. If your law firms want to do more, bill more and go home early, the Amicus products are indeed what you need. Amicus Attorney has Premium Edition and Small Edition available as per your law firm size. Take a feature tour to know all the great features provided by the software. You can request for a free trial and check it out.

4. Easy Soft

Easy Soft specializes in helping law firms automate their processes, streamlining repetitive tasks and workflow. With over 21 years of legal software experience and more than 15,000 clients, Easy Soft is committed to making your time more productive and your practice more profitable.

Easy Soft has automated software solutions for virtually every practice area, from case management, document assembly and time & billing, to debt collection, amortization and escrow accounting. Plus specialized products for real estate, bankruptcy and family law.

Every Easy Soft product is easy to install, easy to use and requires no technical background or expertise.

With Easy Soft, you can finally automate work, reduce risk and enhance profitability

For more information of various software available to automate your practice,  check the Easy Soft site.

5. Abacus Law Software

AbacusLaw is an all-in-one, easy to use solution designed specifically for law firms. With the fully integrated practice management software, you will be able to work more efficiency, lower risk and improve client service. The legal software pulls together all the features you need like legal calendaring software, contact management, case management, document handling, document production, conflict checks, phone messaging, time capture, law office billing and accounting. With this integration, you can do anything and retrieve anything from one location. With Abacus, you will be able to eliminate paper files and consolidate all of your office software: calendaring, case management, document management, document and form production, billing and accounting. You can order for a free demo and evaluate.

Amazing Windows Phone 7 – Microsoft’s Answer To iPhone, Android!

Microsoft has finally entered in to touch screen, finger friendly mobile OS race along with the pioneer Apple’s iPhone, Google’s Nexus and others. The preview of Windows Phone 7 series is promising and the User Interface is really fresh and unique. Microsoft’s official website Windows Phone 7 and Engadget’s Windows Phone 7 Review offer a lot of information, video intro’s of this great Mobile platform.

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Windows Phone 7 Intro

Windows Phone 7 is based on Windows CE 6.0 unlike older releases who were based on Windows CE 5.0. WP7 has beautifully thought finger friendly user interface with deep integration of Social Networking sites like Facenbook, Windows Live pages, Twitter and more. They are amazingly real time and all UI elements are refreshing continuously as you use them. Microsoft isn’t planning to come up with their own Phone H/W put partners will provide. Similar to Zune HD but Windows Phone 7 offers a lot more which Microsoft hopes to attract people.

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Existing Windows Mobile variants had issues due to partners using slower processors, inferior hardware etc that caused lot of performance issues. Microsoft did not predict the rise of high end finger friendly devises even after Apple launched its first generation iPhone. Finger friendly phones need high end H/W including faster CPU, greater memory etc. Now, Microsoft has understood and very strict on H/W. So, We can be relived that the Microsoft Phone 7 H/W platform specification will be top of the line with following features.

  • Large WVGA Capacitive Multi-Touch Screen
  • Five H/W Buttons – Start, Back, Bing Search, Camera and Power buttons. These are fixed.
  • Qualcomm Snapgarden type of faster CPU
  • AGPS Support
  • WiFi
  • High Resolution Camera
  • Accelerometer
  • FM Radio

How Is Windows Phone 7 Is Different?

Windows Phone 7 is completely re-written software and everything that is part of it is entirely well thought and written software. So, this is a great jump from Windows Mobile 6.X series. This is great stuff for Windows Mobile users. No Start menu, Check Boxes, Radio Buttons etc that usually see on WM devices. Windows Phone 7 has “Tile” based home screen with live updates which is really cool.

People Hub

 

This Pulls in contacts from Gmail, Microsoft Exchange, Facebook, Twitter, Windows Live and other social networks, aggregating contact information, status updates, and contact images into a single view. Interestingly this view is dynamic and has the intelligence to show heavily used contacts in a sorted order, easy browse through contacts, people, updates and much more. This also enables you to have your own personal page and share it with your contacts.

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Pictures Hub

 

Again, a Pictures Aggregator – Collects pictures from local folders, cloud storage, Facebook and more. This is again dynamic and if something changes or photos get updated, you will see them instantly.

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Music and Video Hub

 

It is like using Zune HD on Windows Phone 7. It is possible to download Music/Videos over 3G, WiFi and play them on WP7.

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Office Hub

 

Integration of Office OneNote, Documents, Sharepoint Services and more. This is still evolving and not clear how Microsoft would implement it in the final version.

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Games Hub

 

Integration of XBOX Live. Ability to browse through Gamer Profiles, Avatars etc.

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Apart from these, there are lots of stuff, Email support, Calendar, next generation Market place for Apps, Bing Search, Bing Maps for GPS and much more.

All in all, Windows Phone 7 looks really great with cool UI enhancements that look very promising and a high probability of success. We need to wait for the final version to really experience it.

via [Engadget]

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