Microsoft unveils development platform for Windows Phone 7 Series

Microsoft has showcased advancements in its platform technologies that enable the developer and designer community to deliver compelling user experiences across a broad set of devices.

Building on the excitement of the recently announced Windows Phone 7 Series, Scott Guthrie, corporate vice president, .NET Developer Platform, and Joe Belfiore, corporate vice president, Windows Phone Program Management, have detailed the opportunity for developers to use proven technologies such as Microsoft Silverlight and the XNA Framework to build new mobile applications and 3-D Games.

“As the browser, server, web and devices evolve, a focus on delivering consistently great user experiences has become paramount,” Guthrie said. “By extending our familiar platform technologies and tools to phones, Microsoft is delivering the premier application development experience across a variety of devices and form factors.”

Microsoft provided the first deep dive into Windows Phone 7 Series application development. By combining Silverlight features for rich application development and the XNA Framework for games, Windows Phone 7 Series empowers millions of developers and designers to build visually stunning and immersive applications and games — one of the industry’s most profitable mobile application categories — while taking advantage of device-specific capabilities.

Specifically, developers will be able to take advantage of the following features: Accelerometer, an intuitive control that responds to motion; A Microsoft Location Service to provide developers with a single point of reference to acquire location information; Microsoft Notification Service for pushing information to the phone, regardless of whether or not an application is running; Hardware-accelerated video with digital rights management (DRM); Internet Information Services Smooth; treaming for the industry’s highest quality content viewing experience; Multitouch; Camera and microphone support.

“Windows Phone 7 Series brings together a rich application environment, powerful hardware, a fresh approach to software and a smart new design,” Belfiore said. “It was designed to generate incredible opportunities for developers and designers to quickly and easily deliver compelling applications and games. With the best developer tools, an established ecosystem and marketplace, and a path for developers to use their Silverlight and XNA Framework skill sets, we are delivering an application platform that is simple, powerful and inspiring.”