Every platform has a "Killer App". This is the application software that drives the sales of the hardware more than any other application available for that platform.
For the Apple ][, it was Visicalc, for the IBM PC it was Lotus 1-2-3, for the XBox it was Halo.
Well yesterday sees the release of the Windows Phone 7 Killer App. This application will change your life and make the platform sell like nothing every seen before.
The following video demonstrates the application in action. Check it out:
For more information see this post on the Channel 9 MSDN side.
I just spent a number of hours watching some wonderfully interesting MS developer interviews on Channel 9. The MS "Ping show" really delivered some great info quickly. I looked up a number of videos regarding the topics and subjects discussed. The candid developer interviews (Sitting in a conference room, chatting with the actual developer teams) really caught my attention and heart. I'm impressed! And refreshed by the personable and insightful explanations. Instead of a behemoth Microsoft corporation I struggled to fully follow. I was surprised to meet real Microsoft people who care so much about the development platform I rely on for my future. The videos changed me! You got my heart Microsoft :) I started investing my self intellectually and emotionally in the future of Microsoft and what it's creating. I saw the heart and soul of some wonderful people and started to actually understand the solidness of the tools I'm developing with.
*Now* I watch this Microsoft Halloween video (done in fun of course, a type of homage to scary movies.) Great skill accomplishing that. Unfortunately you have gone completely mad. All the above statements regarding my good thoughts toward Microsoft are confused now. Who makes decisions at Microsoft, ONE producer? Or was this video encouraged and approved by a number of people?
A disappointed developer named Gabriel
p.s. Seriously, what kind of image, impression or thoughts are you sticking into the mind and heart of phone app developers? A death app ? .... it's a joke .... I get it .... but what is the real goal of your Channel Nine team? Convey the story of the good people and excellent work Microsoft is doing, or promote the creative ability of it's producers and their minds filled with some really negative things? No need to answer that, it's obvious.
By the way, I care about Microsoft and it's future. That's why I felt compelled to write. I hope this becomes a wake-up call before things get too far off track. I realize it's one video out of thousands and thousands. But hey, it's just not appropriate. If anyone can help me understand channel nines goals and work, I would really look forward to an email. (seriously, channel Nine's new direction is awesome! This disturbing example from channel Nine is only 1 % of the videos here, but it has unfortunately colored the 99% of the excellent interviews and other material.)
Gabriel- We are thrilled that you find most of the content on Channel 9 inspirational and useful- that is definitely our goal! Another goal we have is to drive perception change for Microsoft- meaning to pull back the covers on what could appear to be a huge heartless software company and reveal that we are all humans, with personalities and passion for technology. I am happy that Channel 9 has fostered good thoughts in your head towards Microsoft. That being said, I'm confused as to why you found the Halloween video so offensive. Did you think the message was anti-technology or anti-developer? You are the first person to give feedback of this nature so I'm interested to hear what about this video struck you so negatively. Honestly it was a video meant to entertain and celebrate one of our most festive Holidays, it was purely for fun and to show we at Microsoft have a sense of humor. You say the video is "just not appropriate"- and I'd love to hear why you think that. Please explain and I will do my best to answer any questions. Thanks for watching!
PS- take a look at our video from last halloween and let me know if you find it equally disturbing..
Let's see... one person out of approx. 17MM who follow Channel 9. I won't really sweat it Laura. I hope you had more of these fun and entertaining videos.
Mariano Gomez, MVP
Thanks all for your comments.
I loved both this year's and last year's scary videos.
Please keep us laughing.
Here it is, mid-February 2011, and there is still no REAL killer app for Windows Phone.... There probably can and should be more than one killer app. Actually, I have one, but I don't have the funds to bring it to market, and Microsoft hasn't been much help.
What is a Killer App for one person might not be the Killer App for another. There are lots of great apps out there and more being added to Marketplace all the time.
When the update which includes multi-tasking is released, then we can have some of the apps which need to run in the background all the time to really work.
I think the platform and the apps will just keep getting better.
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