Apr 13 2011

What's Coming to Windows Phone in 2011?

Category: MobileJoel Ivory Johnson @ 06:15

With more that 13,000 applications in their Marketplace Microsoft came out on stage today to make some new announcements about what's coming to Windows Phone 7. We'll see a major upgrade on all Windows Phone devices by the end of the year and developers are getting access to a lot of new APIs enabling new application scenarios.

Here is a summary list of the new features.
  • Multitasking - in addition to faster application switching multitasking will allow applications to continue processing in the background.
  • Live Tile Functionality Enhancements -
  • Sensor Library Enhancements - You'll have enhanced access to the sensor library and
      Access to the camera and compass-! Reality augmentation is possible!
    • Sockets - This needs no explanation
    • Database -
    • IE9 - with hardware acceleration
    • Silverlight+XNA - you can use Silverlight and XNA in the same application
    • Twitter in the People Hub
    • Background Transfers
    • Profile
    • Silverlight 4 Runtime
    Several new countries are being added to the Marketplace. This brings up the total count from 17 to 35. The new countries are listed below with *.
    • Australia
    • Austria
    • Belgium
    • Brazil*
    • Canada
    • Chile*
    • Columbia*
    • Czech Republic*
    • Denmark*
    • Finland*
    • France
    • Germany
    • Greece*
    • Hong Kong
    • Hungary*
    • India*
    • Ireland
    • Italy
    • Japan*
    • Mexico
    • Netherlands*
    • New Zealand
    • Norway*
    • Poland*
    • Portugal*
    • Russia*
    • Singapore
    • South Africa*
    • South Korea*
    • Spain
    • Sweden*
    • Switzerland
    • Taiwan*
    • UK
    • USA /

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Mar 15 2010

Free Upgrade to Expressions Blend 4

Category: Desktop and Server | MobileJoel Ivory Johnson @ 05:21
If you have Expressions Blend 3 you are in luck. Microsoft will be allowing you to upgrade to Expressions Blend 4 for free.

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