Microsoft outlines Windows Phone 7 developer platform

Today at Microsoft's MIX 2010 conference in Las Vegas Microsoft took the wraps off its developer plans for Windows Phone 7.

The company announced several key application partners and its plans for Silverlight application development and the XNA framework for games. During the opening MIX 2010 keynote Microsoft provided the first look at Windows Phone 7 application development. Microsoft officials announced that developers will be able to make use of the following features:

  • Accelerometer, an intuitive control that responds to motion
  • A Microsoft Location Service to provide developers with a single point of reference to acquire location information
  • Microsoft Notification Service for pushing information to the phone, regardless of whether or not an application is running
  • Hardware-accelerated video with digital rights management (DRM)
  • Internet Information Services Smooth Streaming for the industry’s highest quality content viewing experience
  • Multitouch
  • Camera and microphone support

Microsoft also announced several free tools for Windows Phone 7 Series Developers and Designers:

  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone
  • Windows Phone 7 Series add-in to use with Visual Studio 2010 RC
  • XNA Game Studio 4.0
  • Windows Phone 7 Series Emulator for application testing
  • Expression Blend for Windows Phone Community Technology Preview (available as a separate download)

Microsoft said that several key companies are developing applications and games for Windows Phone 7 including FourSquare, Namco, Match.com, IMDb, Seesmic, Shazam, Sling Media, SPB Software and Citrix.

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I'm excited to jump into Windows Phone 7 development. I've developed apps for Windows Mobile 5 and 6, and have always been frustrated by the limitations. I suspect many of our paint points will be resolved , but I know there will be new limitations and frustrations to surmount.

primortal said,
Wonder if Microsoft will release some tools to convert iPhone apps to Windows Phone 7 with minimal efforts.

First they should release some tools to convert WinMo application to WP7 before going for the iPhone.
And if you want iPhone apps, buy an iPhone just like 10,000 Microsoft's employees are doing.

Edited by ilev, Mar 15 2010, 5:59pm :

primortal said,
Wonder if Microsoft will release some tools to convert iPhone apps to Windows Phone 7 with minimal efforts.

I dunno how you'd convert an app that's basically native to something that's managed like silverlight. It doesn't take much effort/work to redo your app in silverlight. The demos they've shown today and the apps they shown make that clear. The Netflix app and others were all made in 3 weeks.

fmorel90 said,
Yay, free developer tools for Windows Phone! No $100 fee like Apple.

Exactly! It's a great move and one that should help boost app support.

SK[ said,]

Kinda need to. They are so far behind right now.

Uhh, I know this keeps being said but as far as the US market goes they're not that far behind. 15% in a market that's growing rapidly isn't bad per se. Mind you that's in the US. WM has more market share in other parts of the world.