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Microsoft unveils details on Windows Phone 7 Series development

Microsoft kicked off the MIX 2010 with a keynote speech that surely got the attention of programmers for the upcoming Windows Phone 7 device.  In their keynote Microsoft revealed many features that will be at the disposal of programmers looking to dive into the Windows Phone 7 Series platform.  Some of these features include:

  • Accelerometer support
  • 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 Streaming for the industry’s highest quality content viewing experience
  • Multitouch
  • Camera and microphone support

To assist developers and get them started quickly Microsoft is offering a suite of free developer tools which include Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone 7 Series, a free add-in to use with Visual Studio 2010 RC, XNA Game Studio 4.0, Windows Phone 7 Series Emulator for application testing, and a version of Expression Blend for Windows Phone.

If you think the app store is going to be a waste of time Microsoft already has a list of big name clients on board to release apps for the new Windows Phone 7 device.  These companies include Associated Press, NAMCO, EA Mobile, Pandora, Sling, Foursquare and Weatherbug to name a few.

PureMobile plans to carry unlocked cell phones built on the Windows Phone 7 Series platform.