Windows Phone 7 @ MIX10: Reports on the new hotness from MIX10 in Las VegasI’m in Las Vegas to attend the MIX10 conference, Microsoft’s conference for both developers and designers. This year’s MIX conference, which runs from Monday March 15th through Wednesday, March 17th, is a hotly-anticipated one, thanks the fact that Microsoft will be making announcements about Internet Explorer 9 and Windows Phone 7 Series.

As the Canadian Developer Evangelist charged with the responsibility of promoting Windows Phone 7 to small and independent developers (who make up the lion’s share of the people who write smartphone apps), I’ve been writing about Windows Phone 7 and mobile development in general in the series Counting Down to Seven. I plan to continue writing about Windows Phone 7 from several angles, including:

  • Writing software for the phone, both on the phone end and well as in the cloud
  • Creating compelling mobile user experiences
  • Ideas, both sane and wacky, for mobile applications
  • Lessons to learn from the successes and failures of other smartphone vendors
  • The mobile industry in general

I’ve just come from an all-day hush-hush closed-door set of presentations covering the details of Windows Phone 7 and the tools and technologies that drive it. I’m impressed by what I saw. I can’t say much right now, and you’ll find out from me (and many other sources) tomorrow, but I can tell you this: Windows Phone 7 is cooler than the other side of the pillow.

Keep an eye on this blog over the next couple of days: there’s going to be a lot of information – and more! -- from MIX10, and lots of useful information about developing for Windows Phone 7 over the next few months!

[This article also appears in Global Nerdy.]