Improved Windows Phone developer tools coming with Mango

At the MIX11 conference, Microsoft today announced an improved set of Windows Phone developer tools to be released before the next Windows Phone update. Mango, the codename for the next update, was also demonstrated at the conference, and brings a range of new features that end users are able to take advantage of. With the updated developer tools, Microsoft have provided a complete update able to satisfy both consumer and producer.

Collaborating with the Microsoft Research division, the Windows Phone team have come up with a new set of libraries designed to aid developers in grabbing data relating to the device's positioning. Information from the accelerometer and compass are accessible via the new motion sensor library, which will allow app makers to create immersive apps far more quickly. One particular example that has proven popular among users are augmented reality apps, which rely on such data to inform the user about their current surroundings.

More basic improvements include a sensor-simulating emulator and a performance profiler. Developers will also be able to employ both Silverlight and XNA within the same project. On the user data front, apps will be able to access contacts and calendars should they need to, and access to SQL databases via structured storage is now possible. To wrap up the package, Mango-specific enhancements will let programmers take advantage of the new additions to the platform, such as multitasking.

The improved developer tools will be available by next month.

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I definitely like this, multi-tasking, thats one of the main reasons I haven't moved from my 6.5 to 7. I need to see how this works out with the Mango update, then I might consider getting me a WM7...
I have heard rumors that with most WM7 phone, bluetooth doesn't work to connect with other phones, will this be fixed or is there a work-around to this? The best thing is to be able to make WM7 work the way customers wants them, to their unique needs.

dannybz said,
I definitely like this, multi-tasking, thats one of the main reasons I haven't moved from my 6.5 to 7. I need to see how this works out with the Mango update, then I might consider getting me a WM7...
I have heard rumors that with most WM7 phone, bluetooth doesn't work to connect with other phones, will this be fixed or is there a work-around to this? The best thing is to be able to make WM7 work the way customers wants them, to their unique needs.

Maybe you should look into upgrading to WP7 instead

I can't wait for Mango which will make the phone complete for me and will give the OS a huge boost. It is imo the best OS for me at the moment but it still has so much more potential. One thing I've not seen mentioned is user customization apart from the ringtones, what about custom background, more colors, tone adjustment ? There are only a few colors I like so far and you can only have black or white as the background. There should be a lot more colors because I like to change the look of my phone every few weeks.

Gaffney said,
what about custom background, more colors, tone adjustment ?

This will be provided by Stardock in Windows V Next+ for phones (when desktop/mobile os kernels merge).

We don't want to mess with Metro until the customer base establishes itself and becomes familiar with the metaphor.

Gaffney said,
There are only a few colors I like so far and you can only have black or white as the background. There should be a lot more colors because I like to change the look of my phone every few weeks.

They might surprise us but yeah to my knowledge colour additions didnt make the cut so stick with homebrew if you like that functionality

The announcements at MIX are all developer focused. They are deliberately not announcing end-user features, which colour would come under. We will have to wait and find out how many of these customisations make the cut.

A tonne of new API's...including Sockets!!!! Multi-tasking, Multi-tiles, improved live tile support, custom ringtones...think this news just have me a nerdgasm....oh yeah

I watched the keynote and I am anxiously awaiting the toolset update due next month. Now finally some of the apps I want to build are possible with the Mango enhancements.

Multitasking AND SQL? Woo hoo! This is sounding like a really awesome update. I want it now! Of course I need a phone too... What's the deal with that Verizon??