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Microsoft Windows Phone Developer Update Event

Microsoft is currently hosting another Windows Phone event for developers named  “Developer-Update: Everything about Windows Phone ‘Mango’”. While the first event was a general introduction to the Windows Phone 7 platform, this event highlighted the specific changes in the “Mango” update.

As last time it was an all-day event and again it was completely free. I attended the event in Bad Homburg, Germany where it was held by Karsten Samaschke who was also responsible for the first Windows Phone 7 event.

The main topics were:

  • Silverlight 4
  • Networking
  • Multitasking
  • Mixing of Silverlight and XNA
  • Databases
  • Microsoft AdCenter usage outside of the United States

There was also a change in the name of the platform. It is not called Windows Phone 7 anymore. The correct name now is Windows Phone. While the SDK is released under version number 7.1 the Mango update’s version is 7.5.

The event itself was again very informative but compared to the first one it was more commercial. A representative from HTC was present who introduced the two new HTC Mango phones “Radar” and “Titan” for about 20 minutes.

Again, I can only recommend any Windows Phone developer to visit one these free events. You might probably know most of the things mentioned there but it’s a good way to ask questions about Microsoft’s plans for the future and changes they are going to plan.

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