MIX 2010

Push Notifications for Windows Phone 7 series video demo

Push Notifications for Windows Phone 7 series video demo

Microsoft have been discussing Windows Phone 7 series' new "push notifications" system, which can trigger alerts to the user even when the app isn't running. The company took Major League Soccer's app on-stage at MIX10 today to demonstrate just how that works; with MLS, that involved selecting which events you're interested in - scores, when the game ends, etc - which will then be flagged up later.

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Windows Phone 7 series video demos: Associated Press & The Harvest Xbox gaming

Windows Phone 7 series video demos: Associated Press & The Harvest Xbox gaming

Microsoft have been demonstrating some of the software that has already been created for Windows Phone 7 series in Silverlight, including the Associated Press' news reader app and The Harvest, a 3D Xbox game which links the gamer's achievements into Xbox LIVE.  The ongoing theme throughout has been how straightforward development can be, together with the strength of the platform (and the Snapdragon-based hardware, of course).  Check out video demos after the cut.

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Microsoft announce Sling, Foursquare & more for Windows 7 Phone series; Silverlight embracing open-source

Microsoft announce Sling, Foursquare & more for Windows 7 Phone series; Silverlight embracing open-source

Microsoft may not be known for their open-source credentials, but at MIX 2010 this morning the company have announced a new push to drive Silverlight adoption.  As well as launching Silverlight 4 RC today, the company have confirmed that the technologies used during the Olympics - that used Silverlight for web-streaming - will be made open-source.  Meanwhile Microsoft have given us a list of launch software partners for Windows Phone 7 series, which includes social networking tools from Foursquare and Seesmic, through entertainment like Pandora, Shazam, EA Mobile and Sling, through to enterprise providers like Citrix.  Microsoft have also confirmed which hardware functionality Windows Phone 7 series developers will be able to access, including multitouch and accelerometer.

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MIX 2010 delivers fresh WP7s news: Windows Phone Marketplace, Silverlight 4 RC and more

MIX 2010 delivers fresh WP7s news: Windows Phone Marketplace, Silverlight 4 RC and more

Today marks the kick-off point for MIX 2010, Microsoft's annual developer conference, and while usually we'd leave it to the programmers this year promises more information about Windows Phone 7 series.  Microsoft deferred pretty much all questions about hardware and software technicalities from MWC 2010 last month to this week's event, but with it already confirmed that WP7s will break software ties with Windows Mobile 6.5 and earlier, developers are understandably keen to find out exactly what's involved getting up to speed with the new platform.  Among the announcements today are the launch of the Silverlight 4 Release Candidate and the debut of Windows Phone Marketplace, the successor to Windows Marketplace for Mobile.

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