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Ahem. Oh, hi. Charlie Kindel here. Some of you know me from my interactions I’ve had with you in the past when I worked on other Microsoft products. Some of you may remember how we all had fun getting worked up debating the pros and cons of object technology (who remembers the OLE v. OpenDoc wars!?!?), web browsers, <OBJECT> tags, the nuances of IUnknown, and Don Box’s hair length.

Others will remember the brave new world of home networking and pre-802.11 wireless networks. Look how far we’ve come (but cringe at just how far we have yet to go).

Who remembers the early days of eHome and Windows Media Center? Cool & exciting stuff that _I_ remember fondly.

And of course everyone knows about the coolest consumer product Microsoft has ever built.  Windows Home Server.  (Hint: If you don’t have a Windows Home Server, *STOP* what you are doing right now and go buy one. You will not regret it.)

Many of my buds from the past heard I was shifting gears last year to focus on the future Microsoft’s phone efforts. Yep. It was true; driving the new developer experience for Windows phone is what I have been pouring my life and soul into for the past year. 

Other’s reading this have no frakking clue who I am. That’s ok too. Nice to meet you.

imageWe are now on the cusp of being able to tell the world about everything we’ve been working on.  In fact, just today in Barcelona my boss Joe Belfiore (and our collective big boss Steve Ballmer) kicked this off by announcing Windows Phone 7 Series.

The announcement pulls the covers off of something that the team here is extremely proud of. A new vision for Windows Phones. One that is focused on delivering fantastic integrated experiences to consumers:

I was able to beg Joe to video an overview of the phone functionality just for the developer audience. We’ve posted this video over on Channel 9.  Please take the time to watch it; I suspect you’ll like what you see.

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There’s a whole bunch of stuff we did not announce today. Specifically we did not announce anything about building applications & games for the new Windows Phone 7 Series operating system. We did this because

(a) The new phone user experience we are talking about is so hugely cool we want people to be able to absorb it for a while, and…

(b) We are working on being able to tell the full story in March at the MIX10 conference in Las Vegas.  We have at least 12 sessions lined up and attendees will be the first to get access to the bits.

We’re gonna be keeping the wraps on the full developer story until then.

In the meantime I will post a few things about industry trends and relevant context here.  In addition I’ll be pointing you at other key people at Microsoft you would be well served in paying attention to if you are interested in the future of application & game development for Windows Phones.

For now just subscribe this blog. I will do my best to post great technical details and insights.  You can also follow me on Twitter (@ckindel) to have the most direct line into this brave new world…