Microsoft unveils Windows Phone Marketplace, Windows Phone 7 Series dev tools and more
During the first day of its MIX10 conference, Microsoft has announced more detail on Windows Phone 7 Series.
When launching WP7, the Redmond giant will rebrand the Window Mobile Marketplace and call it Windows Phone Marketplace.
The Windows Phone Marketplace will have “a panoramic design and active merchandising”, coming with support for operator billing, one-time card purchases and ad-funded applications. Customers will also be able to try apps before purchasing.
Free development tools for Windows Phone 7 Series are available as of today. These include Silverlight, the XNA Game Studio 4.0, Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone, Windows Phone 7 Series Emulator (for app testing), and a Windows Phone 7 Series add-in (to use with Visual Studio 2010 RC)
The WP7 dev tools have features that include: accelerometer support, hardware-accelerated video support, multi-touch, Microsoft Location Service and Microsoft Notification Service.
Developers can download the free tools via the Windows Phone website.
Microsoft has also unveiled a list of partners that will develop apps and games for Windows Phone 7 Series: Archetype International Inc., AWS Convergence Technologies – WeatherBug, Clarity Consulting Inc., Cypress Consulting, Citrix Systems Inc., EA Mobile, Foursquare Labs Inc., Fandango Inc., frog design inc., Glu Mobile Inc., Graphic.ly, IdentityMine Inc., IMDb.com Inc., Hudson Entertainment Inc., Larva Labs, Microsoft Game Studios, Match.com LLC, Matchbox Mobile Ltd., Namco Networks America Inc., Oberon Media Inc., Photobucket Inc., Pandora Media Inc., Pageonce Inc., PopCap Games Inc., Shazam Entertainment Ltd., Seesmic, Sling Media, SPB Software Inc., stimulant, Touchality LLC, TeleCommunications Systems Inc., The Associated Press and Vertigo Software Inc.
Via Press release