Family Room App for WP7 from T-Mobile

T-Mobile HTC HD7 in USA comes with some preloaded applications like Netflix, Slacler Radio, T-Mobile TV and Family Room. Microsoft has posted some behind the scenes of this Family Room application built on Windows Azure. Have a look at it.


The HTC HD7 is the first device to offer T-Mobile® Family Room™, a new application exclusively from T-Mobile that helps families keep in touch and manage their busy lives. Customers can write a note on a virtual chalkboard and add shared calendar events for their Family Room group to coordinate get-togethers. Sharing pictures and interacting is easy, with real-time notifications alerting users when any family member posts something for everyone to see.

T-Mobile USA, a leading provider of wireless services, wanted to create new mobile software to simplify communications for families. The company needed to implement the application and its server infrastructure while facing a tight deadline. T-Mobile decided to build the solution with Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Professional and base it on Windows Phone 7 and the Windows Azure platform.

“As a mobile phone operator, it’s a no-brainer to couple Windows Phone 7 with the Windows Azure platform,” says Joshua Lipe, product manager of Devices at T-Mobile.

Source: T-Mobile Presspass, Microsoft Casestudies