Microsoft Shares Windows Phone 7 Stats With Developers

Developers who have been wondering about Windows Phone 7 (or who have already embraced it and are interested in its well-being) can now learn more about how it’s been received.  Microsoft published some official statistics late yesterday, and they put the mobile operating system off to a good start. The first data point Microsoft chose… Continue reading Microsoft Shares Windows Phone 7 Stats With Developers

Microsoft Encourages Employees To Develop Windows Phone 7 Apps

A suggestion for developers who have close ties to Windows Phone 7: take a deep breath.  A significant change is occurring that could see you facing stiff competition and/or enjoying the attention of a larger user base. Anne Eisenberg reported over the weekend, “Microsoft has taken an unusual step.  It has relaxed a strict rule… Continue reading Microsoft Encourages Employees To Develop Windows Phone 7 Apps

Effects Of Microsoft-Nokia Deal On Developers Explained

Earlier today, Microsoft and Nokia announced a partnership, and considering that the companies’ combined market cap is around $263 billion (even after Nokia’s shares fell 15 percent), it’s fair to say a lot’s going to change.  Fortunately, developers haven’t been forgotten in all the excitement, with Microsoft making sure to spell out the ramifications. Matt… Continue reading Effects Of Microsoft-Nokia Deal On Developers Explained

Windows Phone 7 Needs More Developers

As the first Windows Phone 7 models hit stores during the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2010, the Android smartphone operating system (OS) significantly increased its market-share lead by 9 percentage points, since the prior quarter, to reach 53 percent of the U.S. smartphone market, according to a new report from The NPD Group. Apple iOS… Continue reading Windows Phone 7 Needs More Developers

Microsoft Announces Early Payouts For Windows Phone 7 Developers

If there’s one thing most people don’t mind, it’s receiving money, and thanks to a move on Microsoft’s part, Windows Phone 7 developers should be able to do that sooner than planned.  Microsoft’s moved up the dates for its first app- and game-related payouts. Todd Brix explained on the Windows Phone Developer Blog late last… Continue reading Microsoft Announces Early Payouts For Windows Phone 7 Developers

Visual Basic Now Available For Windows Phone Devs

Microsoft said today it is allowing developers to release applications for Windows Phone 7 in Visual Basic. Microsoft said the initial release of the Visual Basic add-on for the Windows Phone Developer Tools requires Visual Studio 2010 Professional or higher; Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone is not supported. This release is only for… Continue reading Visual Basic Now Available For Windows Phone Devs

Windows Phone 7 Dev Schedule Shared

The Windows Phone 7 rollout is around the corner, or even, depending on your point of view, already underway.  And Microsoft’s provided a bit of a roadmap for anyone who’s curious about how the process will continue from here. Today marks one important moment.  On the Windows Phone Developer Blog, Todd Brix wrote, “All registered… Continue reading Windows Phone 7 Dev Schedule Shared

Windows Phone 7 SDK Launches

Microsoft has released its Mobile Advertising SDK for Windows Phone 7 and Microsoft Advertising Exchange for Mobile. Windows Phone 7 app developers will have access to real-time Mobile Ad Exchange. Microsoft offers more details in its advertising blog. “Specific capabilities of our Microsoft Advertising SDK for Windows Phone 7 include Demographic, Category, Carrier and Location targeting;… Continue reading Windows Phone 7 SDK Launches