LAS VEGAS â€” April 13, 2011 â€” Microsoft Corp. executives today showcased the next version of the Windows Phone operating system and other powerful next-generation applications that span phones, PCs and other devices. Building on Tuesdayâ€™s keynote, Microsoft demonstrated the value of developing for HTML5 and the standards-based Web with Internet Explorer 9 on PCs running Windows and Internet Explorer 9 on Windows Phone. With the forthcoming release of Windows Phone, coming later this year, Microsoft is providing developers with more hardware capabilities, better browsing and improved tooling, as well as expanded opportunities and Windows Phone Marketplace options. Together, these technologies create a richer application environment that expands mobile usage scenarios.
â€œThe next release of Windows Phone represents the evolution of our strategy for ensuring that developers are at the forefront of â€˜whatâ€™s nextâ€™ by investing in even richer customer experiences, a powerful application platform and a thriving ecosystem,â€ said Joe Belfiore, corporate vice president, Windows Phone Program Management. â€œWe will soon deliver a new set of Windows Phone Developer Tools that will enable developers to create a new generation of apps that are even faster, more capable and better integrated with Windows Phone.â€
New Opportunities and Capabilities for Windows Phone
Today, Microsoft provided the first deep look at the development platform for the next version of Windows Phone, arriving on new and existing handsets later this year. Developers will soon have updated Windows Phone Developer Tools. Improved tools include a performance profiler and sensor simulation, enabling developers to build more integrated and high-performing applications. The new application platform enables developers to take advantage of the following:
â€¢ Application multitasking for background processing, audio and file transfer, and fast application switching â€¢ Deeper phone integration so apps can, for example, take better advantage of the versatility of Live Tiles â€¢ Access to the camera and Motion Sensor library so developers can build apps that incorporate device hardware and build augmented reality experiences
Developers will be able to take advantage of these new capabilities to create even more creative and engaging Windows Phone apps and games.
The free Windows Phone Developer Tools for the new Windows Phone OS will be available to developers in May. With 38,000 registered developers, more than 13,000 available apps and 1.5 million downloads of the original Windows Phone Developer Tools, developers are the foundation of the fast-growing Windows Phone ecosystem.
Today, Microsoft also provided an early glimpse of app concepts for the next version of Windows Phone OS with new experiences from Skype, Spotify, Layar, Qantas, Amazon Shopping and Kik Messenger.
â€œWindows Phone is an incredibly fun and easy platform for developers to work with, and Kik was thrilled to have the chance to create a concept with the phoneâ€™s next-generation developer tools,â€ said Ted Livingston, CEO, Kik Messenger. â€œIn only two weeks, we had an amazing new app that looks and feels like an extension of the phone itself, creating a customer experience like nothing weâ€™ve seen before.â€