A case for WP7 in business and sample apps

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During the break out session for WP7 : The Partner Business Opportunity  at the just concluded WPC 2010, Microsoft’s Paul Bryan talked about the opportunities available for businesses in WP7.  He noted that the developer tools would be free through the final version and was candid about the missing features at launch while reiterating that these would be addressed in due time.

All applications will be distributed through the marketplace but they are working on a private cloud capability for the enterprise. He addressed  in some length what version of the mobile OS was best for the enterprise though it was pretty clear that WP7 is the future. At the end of the presentation two  partners came out to demo their apps.

First was was a Dynamics CRM app by CWR mobility. (The demo starts at around min 44:00 in the video link below) Of note, the CEO talks about how they tackled the lack of a local database on WP7 by combining online access with local data caching to create what he called a “smart client”  and the advantage over the former method. The video goes into more detail.

Second was Powermote  by Clarity consulting. This is a great application that turns your Wp7 device into a Powerpoint remote slide controller. Two of the cool features were that in landscape mode, you can view both the current slide  and the next slide. The other was the inclusion of a virtual laser pointer to highlight areas on the slide using you finger! (The demo starts at around the 54:00 mark) It also took them less than two weeks to develop the app!

Video link from WPC  2010 website

Thanks to KeyboardP on twitter for the tip on the Powermote app