More Windows Phone 7 InformationPosted on 05-23-10 07:00 pm
More Windows Phone 7 information has been collected by WMExperts from an hour-long interview of Microsoft's Director of Developer Experience, Brandon Watson.
While most of it we already knew, they note the following:
Final version of developer tools will be available "months" before final release of hardware.
New builds of WP7 developer tools every month or two [Whereas current development tools for WM are released very infrequently, about every two years]
Developers: Do expect access to WP7 phones! More info coming soon…
Hundreds of thousands of downloads of WP7 dev tools already
2 million C# developers in the US –> all potential WP7 developers
If you’re a competent Silverlight developer, you should be able to build WP7 apps in just a few hours.
3rd party apps won’t be able to use email attachments
No support for in-browser Silverlight at this time, didn’t make the cut
Business experience was not "main concern" with this initial release; consumer UX was.
Rejection of apps will feature a bullet list of things to fix to get it in, no vagaries
OEM applications can’t multitask either
No restriction on programming tools as long it compiles down to their common language runtime (C# only, more languages later)
Socket support for WP7 will come later but is not in initial release.
Markets of availability have not yet been announced (i.e. U.S. release vs. Europe)
It's worth noting that while the first version will have many missing features, they plan to offer OTA updates to correct these problems, and we should expect updates very soon.