Mix 10 has been held and a lot of new info about Windows Phone 7 has been released.
For developers we now know that Silverlight or XNA is the choice for developing code. There is a new emulator released, a new XNA CTP (v4.0) and a Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone CTP released, all available for download here(Link removed now due to being obsolete).
A short list of things further revealed was:
- Copy and paste will not be implemented from release
- There won’t be support for real multitasking, although functionality for notifiers being shown while users are using other apps will be supported
- The only way to get apps for the devices will be through the Windows Phone Marketplace
- For developers releasing apps via the marketplace Microsoft will take 30% of the profit
- Developers can define “Trial parameters” for apps, letting consumers test the app for free until a predefined time has lapsed, or until a point of “progress” has been reached
As for hardware three prototype phones have been shown from LG, Samsung and Asus. LG stating since early on that they will release their phone around September. So far HTC haven’t shown any prototype but have stated they will release one eventually. Sadly it was said during MIX that the mighty HTC HD2 won’t be able to upgrade because it was incompatible with WP7. Microsoft has specified a distinct set of features that all eligible hardware must have, the HD2 has a few of the but apparently lacked a few others.
The list of hardware requirements is as follows:
- Capacitive multi-touch with support for four contact points
- Screen size of 800*480 (to start out with, later on smaller 480*320 devices will appear)
- A Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU
- 256MB or more RAM, 8GB or more flash storage
- Minimum 5 mega-pixel camera
- Five specific buttons: Power, Camera, Start, Back and Search (these are mandatory, but some devices will have more, the first LG device even sporting a keyboard)
And for you that wondered why I wrote “Windows Phone 7″ instead of “Windows Phone 7 Series” on the first line of this post, it turns out that Microsoft has listened to every one saying that the name was too long and cumbersome. So now “Series” has been dropped and only Windows Phone 7 remains.