Windows Phone 7 available at the end of the year
After attending UK Techdays earlier this month, I had a sneak preview of what the latest Windows Mobile phone will look like. I also got some insight as to what can be expected. The release date for the Windows Phone 7 was initially intended to be during 2009, but several delays prompted Microsoft to develop Windows Mobile 6.5 in the interim release.
Keeping with the latest trend in releasing smart phones, there is also an “application” store, called ‘Marketplace’. Within the ‘Marketplace’, you can find and download apps for your phone, as well as read ratings and reviews on apps.
In order to register for the Marketplace, you need to do the following:
- Get a Windows Live™ ID.
- Sign the application provider agreement
- Pick your account type & fill in your details
- Pay annual subscription fee (currently £67 Excluding VAT per year)
What I am most exited about, is that you can write your own games or apps by using the latest .Net technologies like Silverlight and XNA. As a .Net developer, the learning curve is not as big as it would be had I been trying to write an app for an Iphone. There is a lot of documentation available and also a community where you can find help. In order to write your own apps/games, you will need to register for one of the programs Microsoft is running at the moment, and download the SDK.
Microsoft also recently announced that they concluded a deal with HTC over mobile patents that result in royalty payments from HTC for Android phones.