Windows Phone 7 Series from MIX10

21 Mar

Great stuff this past week out of Microsoft’s MIX10 conference.  The opening keynote seemed focused in being a Windows Phone 7 Series (I hate saying that, I’m using Windows Phone 7 or WP7 instead) promo video for developers, which I liked.  Check out the keynote here, skip to time 27 minutes for Joe Belfiore for the initial WP7 demo. Things I like that came out:

  • Silverlight focused development
  • Complete Zune capability
  • Xbox live integration
  • Many third party developers are preparing apps for WP7
  • Controlled display specs on all phone models


Scott Guthrie claimed its truly Silverlight on WP7, not a ‘light’ version.  However, its come out that its not Silverlight 3 or 4, its something in the middle.  So its essential a unique version of Silverlight, ala WP7 Silverlight.  Perhaps it will catch up to true Silverlight 4 shortly before or after release.  Check out time 85:30 on the keynote for the Foursquare demo by Laura Foy.  Seems fairly slick for an app that was developed just a few weeks ahead of time.

I’ll cover my thoughts of the development environment in a later post.

Things I found out that bothered me:


None of those are deal breakers, but they are ruining the dream.  The phone for me better have at least 32 gigs of RAM, I want it to be a replacement of my first gen 30gig Zune player.  I need at least that much.  I cant imagine anyone using the phone as a serious music player with less then 16 gigs of RAM.  </ramble>

I’ll be watching news on this topic closely and post anything significant.  I plan to go through some development examples and possibly prepping for publishing a WP7 application on release.

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  1. Benedict Seltzer

    July 23, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    Microsoft is not any stranger to having partners galore within the telephone business, however its lineup of manufacturers for the upcoming, surprisingly promising Windows Phone 7 launch isn’t any much less impressive. After plenty of rumoring, Microsoft has confirmed that Dell and HTC will likely be making Home windows Telephone 7 phones, along with ASUS, LG, and Samsung who had already been confirmed. All of these companies ought to have their stamp on hardware by the top of the year, with the launch of the OS still vaguely slated for the “holidays” We’ve little question that each one 5 producers can construct some compelling, sexy hardware, but we’re significantly enthused to see Dell really getting into the sport after the impressive Streak and that drool worthy leak a little while back. read more at fans group.