Microsoft Showcases Windows Phone 7 Series SDK and Applications at MIX10

Submitted by lalit on March 16, 2010 - 11:52am.

Microsoft provided the first in-depth look into Windows Phone 7 Series application development at MIX10 in Las Vegas. The platform combines Silverlight features for rich application development and the XNA Framework for games. Windows Phone 7 Series will allow developers and designers to build visually stunning and immersive application and games, according to Microsoft.

With Windows Phone 7 Series developers will be able to take advantage of the features like Accelerometer, Microsoft Location Service, Microsoft Notification Service, hardware accelerated video, Internet Information Services Smooth Streaming, Multitouch, camera and microphone.
Microsoft also announced the availability of comprehensive tools for Windows Phone 7 Series application development at MIX10. Microsoft has released Windows Phone development platform that brings Microsoft Visual Studio 2010, 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 and Expression Blend for Windows Phone Community Technology Preview in an easy-to-install package.

Along with Windows Phone 7 Series development platform, Microsoft also showed how developers and designers would be able to bring applications and games to market with a new Windows Phone Marketplace. The Marketplace features a panoramic design and active merchandising to increase the discoverability of games and applications, and supports one-time credit card purchases, mobile operator billing and advertising-funded applications. The Marketplace will also enable customers to try applications before buying them and allow developers to cross-promote their applications through deep linking.

Microsoft will launch the Marketplace for consumers later this year with applications from companies like The Associated Press, Archetype International Inc., AWS Convergence Technologies – WeatherBug, Citrix Systems Inc., Clarity Consulting Inc., Cypress Consulting, EA Mobile, Fandango Inc., Foursquare Labs Inc., frog design inc., Glu Mobile Inc., Graphic.ly, Hudson Entertainment Inc., IdentityMine Inc., IMDb.com Inc., Larva Labs, Match.com LLC, Matchbox Mobile Ltd., Microsoft Game Studios, Namco Networks America Inc., Oberon Media Inc., Pageonce Inc., Pandora Media Inc., Photobucket Inc., PopCap Games Inc., Seesmic, Shazam Entertainment Ltd., Sling Media, SPB Software Inc., stimulant, TeleCommunications Systems Inc., Touchality LLC and Vertigo Software Inc.

At MIX10, Microsoft demonstrated applications running on Windows Phone 7 Series. Two most impressive applications shown by Microsoft were Silverlight based Associated Press news reader app and The Harvest game based on XNA. We have added video of both the demos below check them out.