The current Windows Phone 7 rumour-mill currently has:
Sept 2010Oct 2010 Confirmed by Microsoft – Mobile Marketplace opens for Windows Phone 7 application submissions
- Sep 16th 2010 Confirmed by Microsoft – Tools RTM
- Oct 2010 – Windows Phone 7 devices retail in Europe
- Nov 2010 – Windows Phone 7 devices retail in North America
Are you ready to ride this huge opportunity?
To be at the front of the line you’ll need these key things:
- WP7 Developer Knowledge and beyond
The developer tools for basic WP7 application are free and easy to start with. That’s a great story for your fart application, but not for building fully cloud-integrated applications where you have to build cloud services and/or understand the cloud space, especially if you want to use notification services. You’ll need in-depth knowledge for this and expertise extending all the way to developing for 3-screen & the cloud in some cases. Plus, do you really have weeks to spend researching all this stuff?
- Access to Windows Phone 7 devices to test your application(s)
The developer tools for WP7 include an emulator which provides a great experience, far more useful that its predecessor for Windows Mobile 6.x, and even more graphically powerful that Virtual PC since it integrates with the host’s graphical hardware acceleration and multi-touch (if available).
However, the tools will not allow you to get a good sense of performance, test under real network conditions, or get real data from built-in devices like the accelerometer, GPS, compass, and multi-touch (this last one would require a multi-touch capable developer machine). If you are building a game (with XNA) for WP7, you definitely want to get your hands on some real hardware.
Do you have access to a device before retail availability?
- Assistance with getting your application into the marketplace and potential promotion
You can get help with these things by attending the Windows Phone 7 Boot Camp that I’m running
Boot Camp participants get:
2 solid in-depth workshop days covering major topics in depth, samples, exercises and expertise in Microsoft technologies at Microsoft offices – see agenda below
Priority invite to Microsoft Canada’s deployment clinics, for invaluable application testing on a real device. Unless you have a relationship with Microsoft, this may be your only opportunity before retail device availability!!!
FREE go-to-marketplace support from Microsoft – you’ll be connected with a Microsoft evangelist to help you with getting your application(s) into the marketplace with potential for promotional assistance
Due to a shortage with devices, Microsoft Canada has withdrawn the loaner program (substituting the deployment clinics) and a device cannot be present in all bootcamp cities.
Want More? How about, all this for less? Use the promo code WP7BOOTCAMP to get $100 off.
A whole new market is approaching… Register today.
If the package, location, timing or content does not suit you and/or you want a tailored training experience, go ahead and contact me.
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