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Microsoft Unveils Free Tools for Windows Phone 7 Series
      #36367 - 03/18/10 09:57 AM

Microsoft has unveiled end-to-end development platform with free tools for Windows Phone 7 Series that enable the developer and designer community to deliver compelling user experiences across a broad set of devices. Building on the excitement of the recently announced Windows Phone 7 Series, Microsoft executives at a recent developer's conference detailed the opportunity for developers to use proven technologies such as Microsoft Silverlight and the XNA Framework to build new mobile applications and 3-D Games. Here is more info:

End-to-End Application Development Platform for Windows Phone 7 Series

During the keynote, Microsoft provided the first deep dive into Windows Phone 7 Series application development. By combining Silverlight features for rich application development and the XNA Framework for games, Windows Phone 7 Series empowers millions of developers and designers to build visually stunning and immersive applications and games ? one of the industry?s most profitable mobile application categories ? while taking advantage of device-specific capabilities. Specifically, developers will be able to take advantage of the following features:

-Accelerometer, an intuitive control that responds to motion
-A Microsoft Location Service to provide developers with a single point of reference to acquire location information
-Microsoft Notification Service for pushing information to the phone, regardless of whether or not an application is running
-Hardware-accelerated video with digital rights management (DRM)
-Internet Information Services Smooth Streaming for the industry?s highest quality content viewing experience
-Multitouch
-Camera and microphone support


Free Tools for Windows Phone 7 Series Developers and Designers

To further support an end-to-end development experience, Microsoft announced the availability of comprehensive tools support for Windows Phone 7 Series. The easy-to-install package includes previews of the following:

-Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone
-Windows Phone 7 Series add-in to use with Visual Studio 2010 RC
-XNA Game Studio 4.0
-Windows Phone 7 Series Emulator for application testing
-Expression Blend for Windows Phone Community Technology Preview (available as a separate download)

A Marketplace for Windows Phone 7 Series Applications

Microsoft also showed how developers and designers will be able to bring applications and games to market with a new Windows Phone Marketplace. The Marketplace features a panoramic design and active merchandising to increase the discoverability of games and applications, and supports one-time credit card purchases, mobile operator billing and advertising-funded applications. The Marketplace will also enable customers to try applications before buying them and allow developers to cross-promote their applications through deep linking.

Several leading companies will be creating exciting applications and games for Windows Phone 7 Series. They include The Associated Press, Archetype International Inc., AWS Convergence Technologies ? WeatherBug, Citrix Systems Inc., Clarity Consulting Inc., Cypress Consulting, EA Mobile, Fandango Inc., Foursquare Labs Inc., frog design inc., Glu Mobile Inc., Graphic.ly, Hudson Entertainment Inc., IdentityMine Inc., IMDb.com Inc., Larva Labs, Match.com LLC, Matchbox Mobile Ltd., Microsoft Game Studios, Namco Networks America Inc., Oberon Media Inc., Pageonce Inc., Pandora Media Inc., Photobucket Inc., PopCap Games Inc., Seesmic, Shazam Entertainment Ltd., Sling Media, SPB Software Inc., stimulant, TeleCommunications Systems Inc., Touchality LLC and Vertigo Software Inc.



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