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  • Blog Post: Customize a Windows Phone 7 Live Tile

    Windows Phone 7 “Mango” adds a lot of great new features to Live Tiles . An app can now create Secondary Tiles that are controlled programmatically and deep link directly into the app. One feature that I could not find, however, is the ability to control the appearance of text on a tile....
  • Blog Post: Hello Windows Phone OS (codenamed “Mango”)

    Perhaps you’ve heard already about Windows Phone OS (codenamed “Mango”)? Here is a list of some of my favorite great new features of the update. · Windows Phone OS (codenamed “Mango”) is a free update for all Windows Phone 7 devices · It will have...
  • Blog Post: Access to Windows Phone 7 Camera Roll from a Silverlight App …

    Or “Why is my RootPictureAlbum null?” Download the code for this example . In order to get programmatic access to the available media libraries on Windows Phone 7, you need to use some XNA libraries even in a Silverlight application.  I will give an example of how to use legal APIs from XNA. ...
  • Blog Post: Why does your Windows Phone 7 app need access to my phone calls?

    If you’ve been playing around in the Windows Phone 7 marketplace or downloading apps to your shiny new Windows Phone 7 (w00t!), you may have noticed something interesting. Some applications seem to require a lot more privileges than you’d expect. Take for example my little game ( Zune link...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7, Reactive Extensions, OData, MVVM

    Download source: RxTests.zip No, this is not an attempt to get spidered by putting every hot technology in the title!  It’s actually self-induced attempt to give myself a brain hemorrhage by stuffing as many new to me technologies in one sample application as possible and trying to building it out...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 Development Tools RTM …

    If you’ve been using the beta tools to develop for Windows Phone 7 , you’ve had to do without for a little while – but no longer. The RTM tools are available for download ! There are a ton of great things included in the package and they have been and will remain completely without...
  • Blog Post: Some Windows Phone 7 Previews …

    Some interesting and in-depth WP7 Previews hit the wire today. Check them out! http://www.engadget.com/2010/07/19/windows-phone-7-in-depth-preview/ http://www.cnet.com/8301-17918_1-20010780-85.html http://www.winsupersite.com/mobile/wp7_handson_03b.asp http://www.zdnet.com/blog/cell-phones...
  • Blog Post: Haters Gonna Hate …

    [Everything I write on this blog is my own opinion and not that of my employer.] I read with interest the InfoWorld article entitled Windows Phone 7: Don't bother with this disaster .  I was surprised at the level of vitriol contained in the article.  The anger that comes across in Mr. Gruman...
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