At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week, Microsoft announced a revamped mobile platform, Windows Phone 7, endowed with a sleeker interface and a bunch of new features. It’s unclear exactly when the new mobile operating system will reach Australia.

In an attempt to promote Flash, Adobe has joined the LiMo Foundation, which is devoted to developing an open Linux mobile platform, and is planning to deliver Flash to LiMo devices. Flash penetration on mobile devices hasn’t been great, but Adobe is hoping to turn things around with the mobile version of Flash Player 10.1. The company has similar plans for AIR, starting with Android later this year.

Following last week’s release of Google Buzz, Microsoft has made available a tool that lets you integrate your social networks with Outlook. Outlook Social Connector is a part of Office 2010 beta, but it can now also be plugged into Outlook 2003 and 2007. LinkedIn is the only social network accessible so far, but connectors for Facebook and MySpace are also on the way.

In feature articles this week we looked at some open-source Windows apps worth checking out, what you shouldn’t do when working with an upset customer, and how to parse and process HTML with IE’s WebBrowser control.

–Posted by Lana Kovacevic.