Windows Phone 7 Series represents a dramatic change for Microsoft. The new platform strategy is built around prioritizing end user experience, delivering a new development platform and enforcing a consistent hardware standard.
During today’s keynote at MIX10, Joe Belfiore, corporate vice president and director of Windows Phone Program Management, revealed the details on the new Windows Phone 7 Series application development platform.
Developers will take advantage of Silverlight, the XNA Framework and great tooling (Visual Studio and Expression) to build rich and compelling applications and games.
More than half a million Silverlight and tens of thousands of XNA Framework developers are now Windows Phone developers. Developers and designers can now write once and optimize across the phone, Web, PC or Xbox, adjusting primarily only for screen size and resolution
Change isn’t easy, even when you know there’s tremendous upside; however, if you’re in the technology business you already know that change is constant and it’s generally the biggest shifts that have the biggest impact. For us, the cost of going from good to great is a clean break from the past. For example, previous Windows Phone content will not run on Windows Phone 7 Series. We heard from hundreds of developers that they wanted a fresh start. This means bringing our mobile developers into the fold with Silverlight and the XNA framework. That said, we’ll continue to support Windows Mobile 6.5 for years to come.
To watch the full keynote, go to http://live.visitmix.com/.
For the coders among us, go to http://developer.windowsphone.com and download the tools today!
The screenshots are also available here: http://www.mobiletechworld.com/2010/03/15/windows-phone-7-series-applications-announced/