The Competition Is Heating Up With the Advent of Windows Mobile 7!

Microsoft's newest offering, the Windows Phone 7 OS is trying to ensure that the software giant can yet try to recover lost ground from the competition which has been on for the past four years. The software giant's platform, Windows Mobile 6, was uncared for, as soon as Apple launched the immensely successful iPhone and Google launched the Android OS. As a touchscreen OS, WM6 couldn't withstand competition as it was handicapped by an unwieldy keyboard, awkward UI and the biggest lacking was that of a central hub for app downloads. The new offering is a clean break from previous Windows Mobile operating systems, which included WinMo 6.5, and offers.NET developers to capitalize on the mobile application explosion of today.

Windows Phone 7 is still not an iPhone/Android competitor but as reports are pouring in, it might still put up a worthy fight with the biggies. Its features are commendable enough as the touch screen keyboard does work well and the applications which support mails, music and video are fantastic and immensely good as that of the competition. The analysts say that the user interface of the new OS is also sleek and stylish while not compromising on clarity and simplicity. There's a slight hitch, a minor one. The OS does not offer the helpful text copy and paste functionality and no multi-tasking features offered to apps provided by third party vendors, nor is there functionality to connect the phone to a laptop or the Internet. These functions are scheduled to be added soon.

Windows Mobile 7 apps offer an alternative choice to the existing OS market and stand out from the crowd. The best part about WP7 is that it has two powerful tools: Zune and Xbox Live integration. There are third party applications like Twitter and Seesmic too.

Windows Mobile 7 application development involves use of the .NET framework. This framework is the creation of Microsoft for apps creation. Programs are written in different languages supported by the framework, especially C#. The apps are run inside of a runtime environment called the CLR or Common Language Runtime.

There are two approaches one can take for Windows Phone 7 apps development. The first approach involves use of Silverlight while alternatively, one can also use the XNA framework as one deems suitable. Silverlight was originally planned to be used by developers to create RIAs or rich internet applications. Silverlight is well received nowadays and has seen increased market adoption in recent years, mostly driven by the fact that Netflix uses Silverlight to stream videos while channel NBC recently used Silverlight for broadcasting Olympic games.

XNA is actually Microsoft's own game development framework and has been in use in recent years in the creation of Windows and Xbox 360 applications. The XNA is most suitable for games development.
Windows Mobile operating system is allows Windows Phone 7 Developers a far greater array of opportunities than competitor OS's it is One of the benefits .


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