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  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 to Ship More Than 20 Games

    Joel Evans at ZDNet writes in his recent post that “ InformationWeek is reporting that Microsoft has hired Touch Dimensions to build at least twenty casual entertainment games. According to the developers, the games will range form a Whack-a-Mole clone to a digital sketch pad, and will feature extensive...
  • Blog Post: RSS Reader Sample App for Windows Phone 7

    This is a simple RSS reader application that shows how easy it is to build applications for Windows Phones 7. In particular, it shows how to work with XML & LINQ to XML. You can download the source code at codeplex .
  • Blog Post: Two FREE Windows Phone 7 Hands-on Training Events

    Registration is available at the links below. Microsoft main campus, Redmond, WA – May 18th and May 19th Hilton Santa Clara, CA – May 25 th and May 26th Attendees are expected to bring their own laptops and to participate in the Hands-On Labs, and to write their own applications. Technical prerequisites...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 Emulator Inside Out

    If you are curious about how the Windows Phone 7 emulator works, for example, how the touch function works between the host and the guest environments, you may want to check out this Channel9 interview by Yochay Kiriaty, Senior Technical Evangelist, with the Windows Phone and Tools team members including...
  • Blog Post: The Silverlight Translator

    Need a quick translation to impress your business colleagues or maybe order from the menu at a fancy French restaurant? Check-out this blog post where, at the intersection of Silverlight and the Microsoft Translator Interactive SDK -  you can now easily integrate translation capabilities into your...
  • Blog Post: DoodlePad - A Sketching App for Windows Phone 7

    Our Developer Evangelist David Isbitski recently completed a nice sketching application for Windows Phone 7 and documented the thought process behind the fun project in a blog post . If you are interested to see how the app works and maybe improve it, you can download the source code and run it on the...
  • Blog Post: Bring Panoramic View to Your Windows Phone 7 Applications

    My colleague Stephane Crozatier created a nice panorama control for Windows Phone 7. It is a sample implementation of a Silverlight control that allows to create "Hub" applications on Windows Phone 7 Series. You can find more detail about what the control is at his blog post , and download...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone Developer Tools CTP For Visual Studio 2010 RTM

    The wait is over; you can now download the Windows Phone Developer Tools CTP Refresh from the Windows Phone web site at http://developer.windowsphone.com . With this CTP, you can develop and test Windows Phone 7 apps on the RTM version of Visual Studio 2010 (VS2010). There are several improvements in...
  • Blog Post: Charlie Kindel Talks About Windows Phone 7 with David Meyer at ZDNet UK

    In a recent interview with David Meyer, senior reporter at ZDNet UK,  Charlie Kindel, head of development for Windows Phone 7, shares his view and thoughts on a number of interesting topics, ranging from rich user experience, multitasking, application development, and possibility of future support...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone Developer Tools CTP Incompatible with Visual Studio 2010 RTM

    Now that Visual Studio 2010 has been officially released, you may be wondering if you can use the RTM version, along with the Windows Phone Developer Tools CTP version, to create/test Windows Phone 7 applications. The answer is NO, not until an upgrade of the Windows Phone Developer Tools is available...
  • Blog Post: Free Book: Programming Windows Phone 7 Series

    This “draft preview” book helps get you started in writing great programs for the Windows Phone 7 Series. Its much longer ebook will be completed and published later this year. Visit www.charlespetzold.com/phone for information about this book and later editions. You can download the pdf version of Petzold...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7, Silverlight Are Business-ready

    The new Microsoft mobile platform, Windows Phone 7, and the rich Internet application platform technology, Silverlight, are business-ready, writes Paul Krill at InfoWorld . In the article, he quotes Jonathan Zuck, president of the Association for Competitive Technology, saying that when developers get...
  • Blog Post: Understanding Windows Phone 7 Platform

    Microsoft distinguished engineer Istvan Cseri presented a great session at MIX10 about Windows Phone Application Platform Architecture . He explains the five key components of the Windows Phone 7 architecture – hardware foundation, software architecture, application model, user interface model and cloud...
  • Blog Post: USA Imagine Cup 2010: Vote For The Top Student Tech Innovation Now Thru April 23rd!

          Students across America have been dreaming up ways to solve the world’s toughest problems using the magic of software. They are competing in the Imagine Cup, the world’s premier student technology competition hosted annually by Microsoft Corp. Starting today and running through April...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 Content From MIX10 – Part III

    Below is a listing of all the MIX10 session videos arranged into the three categories below: Windows Phone – General Design and Development ( Part I ) Windows Phone and Silverlight ( Part II ) Windows Phone and XNA (Part III) All told, there’s more than 18 hours’ worth of session video on Windows Phone...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 Content From MIX10 – Part II

    Below is a listing of all the MIX10 session videos arranged into the three categories below: Windows Phone – General Design and Development ( Part I ) Windows Phone and Silverlight (Part II) Windows Phone and XNA (Part III) All told, there’s more than 18 hours’ worth of session video on Windows Phone...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 Series Dev Tools

    Here are links to the tools to architect, design, and develop Windows Phone applications using Visual Studio and Expression Blend. Note that they are listed in recommended installation order. 1. Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate Release Candidate (Needed ONLY if you want create applications using the professional...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone Developer Tools CTP

    At MIX10 Microsoft announced availability of Windows Phone Developer Tools. With the emulator, you can build and test your Windows Phone 7 Series applications now. The CTP, available for download here , includes the following: Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone CTP Windows Phone Emulator CTP...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 Developer Experience Builds upon .NET, Silverlight, XNA and More

    Microsoft executive Charlie Kindel revealed recently that the Windows Phone 7 developer experience builds upon the following GIANTS (among others): . NET Silverlight XNA platform Microsoft’s developer tools Web 2.0 standards Click here to read his post in detail. Technorati Tags: Windows Phone , Charlie...
  • Blog Post: Creating Games for Windows Phone Using Microsoft Game Studio XNA 4.0

    engadget reports that Microsoft just demoed a pair of 3D games running on a ASUS Windows Phone prototype and built with its brand new XNA Game Studio 4.0 . Click here to read the report in detail, or click the video below to see a game running on all three devices, PC, XBOX and Windows Phone. Technorati...
  • Blog Post: Counting Down to Seven: Exploring XNA

    Looking to get started understanding exactly what XNA is and how you can use it? Microsoft XNA Game Studio 3.1 is a set of tools based on supported versions of Microsoft Visual Studio tools that allow students and hobbyists to build games for Microsoft Windows, the Microsoft Xbox 360 video game and entertainment...
  • Blog Post: Game On! Windows, Windows Phone, and XBOX 360

    Microsoft's Eric Rudder, speaking at TechEd Middle East, showed off a game developed in Visual Studio as a singular project (with 90% shared code) that plays on Windows with a keyboard, a Windows Phone 7 Series prototype device with accelerometer and touch controls, and the Xbox 360 with the Xbox gamepad...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Redoes Phone Software

    Technology reporter Ashlee Vance of New York Times reports what Microsoft is doing to make its phone software – Windows Phone 7 Series – right. On the product team side, Microsoft pulled Terry Myerson from the Exchange team, Joe Belfiore , a user interface whiz who shepherded projects like Windows XP...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone: What Microsoft Learned From Apple?

    Tim Bajarin, president of Creative Strategies , writes at PC Magazine   that “Microsoft is taking a page out of Apple's playbook with Windows Phone 7 Series.” By comparing the merits of Apple’s “closed” system with those of Google’s open source and community approach, he believes that Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: LG's Windows Phone 7 Series Pre-production Prototype Unveiled

    Nilay Patel revealed this first Windows Phone 7 Series branded device in his recent blog post at engadget. it's just a hair thicker than an iPhone or Nexus One, there are dedicated hardware camera, volume, and power buttons in addition to the back, home, and search buttons dictated by Windows Phone 7...
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