Microsoft’s internal Windows Phone 7 apps shows off

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Channel 9 today published a video showing off some internally developed Windows Phone 7 apps.

Demonstrated is a level app, unit convertor, translator, shopping list, weather app, stocks application and game.

Besides the game, most applications had pretty basic user interfaces, but many had hidden depths of extra functionality, such as the translator application which kept old translated phrases for off-line replay later, or the good charting available in the stocks app.

Also of note is the role of the back button as a form of task switcher, which worked pretty seamlessly in the demo.

Sean Mckenna,  Windows Phone 7 Program Manager, said the source code for most of the applications will be available, making it easy for developers to build on the samples. Developers can keep an eye on developer.windowsphone.com for the code samples.

The demo does raise the question if the sparse text-based user interface will satisfy consumers or if they will prefer a more graphical user interface as found on other platforms. Let us know your thoughts below.

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