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Note: The following blog post was written by Windows Phone 7 expert, Mark Arteaga.
During MIX11 the Windows Phone Developer Tools team made some great announcements that will help developers build new types of applications for the next version of Windows Phone code named “Mango”.
From the beginning I knew Windows Phone was a great platform and they had something big. Now, have they won the mobile space yet? No, they haven’t, but they are putting everything in place with things like the Nokia deal which is a great opportunity for developers and still believe Windows Phone will be successful.
With the announcements at MIX11, Microsoft have “opened” up the platform some more to developers. Now, when I write “opened”, I’m not talking about open sourcing their OS like Android, but rather, opening up in a sense of API usage for developers.
API support missing in Windows Phone we as developers have complained about but now the Tools team is delivering. Is it coming tomorrow? No, but apparently we will be getting tools where we will be able to get ready for the Mango build of Windows Phone. So we still have to be patient but the platform is getting there.
What are we getting? There are over 1500 new APIs available for Mango. Here is an image of some of the APIs:
Here is a list of some of the stuff that I find interesting:
So, a lot of features that are coming in Mango for developers. The Windows Phone developer tools are getting better and we as developers will be able to innovate on this platform.
If you are interested in getting a sneak peak at what is available in Mango be sure to check out the Windows Phone sessions from Mix all available online. Some of my favorites are (in no particular order):
Those are my recommended ones, but make sure to go through the whole list of Windows Phone developer sessions at MIX11. They are all useful!
In the next days, I’ll go in details on the features that are coming. Unfortunately, I have no code samples as tools are not yet available. As tooling becomes available, I will most likely create some sample code. In the meantime, be sure to check out all the Windows Phone sessions available online from MIX.