For Developers: Windows Phone 7 panorama and pivot control coming next beta, see the tutorial now

How to implement the new silverlight controls in windows phone 7

Jeff Willcox,  a Senior Windows Phone Software Development Engineer at Microsoft has spoken about long awaited silverlight controls coming to Windows phone 7 which did not quite make it into the last Windows Phone 7 preview release, but will be in the beta.

Developers tempted to roll their own version can now have a look at the capabilities and implementation of the official controls prior to general availability.

Jeff notes:

A panorama powers the people, music + videos, parts of Office, and more. Many of these have a large background and can be explored by panning and flicking between items. When you’re at one item, you will be able to see a little bit of the next item as well – a hint that there’s more to be explored. When you reach the far side of the panorama, you can keep going to wrap around to the beginning again, saving time.

A pivot control powers the e-mail and calendar pages, operating systems, etc. The top of the pivot control shows the headers for all the different items, and you can swipe and pan between the pages. Just like panorama, the control wraps infinitely – so when you reach the final item, instead of having to flick all the way back to the first item, you can just flick once more

For more about the controls read Jeff’s blog post here.

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