MIX 2010

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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