It did not take a lot of time for me to decide which topic we would dedicate our first blog article to. Without any doubt, the new Windows Phone 7 platform offers great opportunities for developers. Developers all around the world can now start to build applications and games using familiar tools like Visual Studio and technologies like Silverlight and XNA. Moreover they can sell these apps and games through the Marketplace for Mobile and make money! To help students get started, Microsoft is waiving the $99 registration fee and giving them the first 5 application submissions for free!
Click here for a first hands-on demo of the new Windows Phone 7 Series. Corporate Vice President of Windows Phone Program Management Joe Belfiore gives a demo of the new user experience, the integration with social networks like Facebook, Internet Explorer, photos, videos, and music, e-mail and texting, GPS and maps, search integration and hardware standards:
The Windows Phone Application Platform was revealed at MIX10. You can watch the recording of Joe Belfiore’s keynote on Changing our Game – an Introduction to Windows Phone 7 Series.
A short summary is given in the MSDN Video: Windows Phone 7 in 7 Minutes: Introducing Windows Phone 7
For those of you interested in the gaming capabilities of the Windows Phone 7, check out 17 Xbox LIVE Games for Windows Phone in 90 seconds!
How to stay up-to-date?
How to get started as a developer?
View the other videos in this series.
Where can I download the developer tools?
As a student or professor, you can download the following software for free (there is no reason to limit yourself to the Express editions):
After downloading and installing Visual Studio 2010 and Expression Studio 4, you need to download and install the Windows Phone Developer Tools Beta, which contains the Windows Phone SDK and Windows Phone Emulator.
Where can I find training material?
Session 1: IntroductionSession 2: Building a Silverlight Application, Part 1Session 3: Building a Silverlight Application, Part 2Session 4: Building Games for the Windows Phone 7 PlatformSession 5: Building XNA Games for the Windows Phone 7 Platform, Part 1Session 6: Building XNA Games for the Windows Phone 7 Platform, Part 2Session 7: Advanced Application Development, Part 1Session 8: Advanced Application Development, Part 2Session 9: Advanced Application Development, Part 3Session 10: Marketing Your Windows Phone 7 ApplicationSession 11: Working with MediaSession 12: Final Silverlight Topics and Wrap-Up
Ana and Miles, the Windows Phone personasThe Metro Design Language, the inspirationDeconstructing a Windows Phone application part 1: Controls Deconstructing a Windows Phone application part2: Animation Deconstructing a Windows Phone application, part 3: Target Sizes Deconstructing a Windows Phone application, part 4: Globalization Deconstructing a Windows Phone application, part 6: Perceived performance Designer insights into Panorama and Pivot Making Audio Sing on Windows Phone Windows Phone Voice Designer Resources: Expression Blend Overview and Roadmap Designer Resources: Windows Phone Documentation Designer Resources: Windows Phone Design Templates
The Microsoft Innovation Center in Mons organizes a contest: create an application or a game for Windows Phone 7 and you can win a cash prize of 5K €, a Windows Phone Device or Xbox 360S with Kinect. Click here for more info. Registration deadline September 30
The Game Design competition of Imagine Cup 2011 contains a track for Mobile. Create a team of up to 4 students, build a game that addresses a social cause connected to the 2011 theme (“Imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems”), and maybe you can present your game at the worldwide finals in New York. Check out the Imagine Cup website for more information.