Last week at PDC, Bob Muglia (President of the Server and Tools Division at Microsoft) have been interviewed about Silverlight vs. HTML5. In the interview, he sais “Our Silverlight strategy and focus going forward has shifted.” . Today, he publish a letter to apologize an drectify the meaning of his word which cause some confusion.
Here is the letter: http://team.silverlight.net/announcement/pdc-and-silverlight/
“Make no mistake; we’ll continue to invest in Silverlight and enable developers to build great apps and experiences with it in the future.”,Bob Muglia
In clear, Silverlight is there and will continue to evolve more than ever.
The latest version (4.7) of the Zune software have been made available very quietly. The software now support the new Windows Phone 7. Zune is the software which will handle the connectivity with the computer. You’ll be able to manage your phone, buy some software or games, sync your music and video.
Now there is a Marketplace we can see the available software and games for the Windows Phone. You can download using this link: http://www.zune.net/en-CA/products/software/download/default.htm
or you can download the full package here: www.microsoft.com/download/…
Here is some screenshot:
The main page of the marketplace
An application page
A game page
Today Microsoft hold a press conference to launch Windows Phone 7. At launch, 9 device will be available (Samsung, HTC, LG, DELL, ..). Here in Canada,
- Telus have confirmed that they will have 2 device available for November 8th , HTC 7 Surround & LG Optimus 7.
- Rogers have publish a news indicating they will also have a device available: Samsung Focus.
- Bell will have the LG Optimus Quantum, with slider keyboard, 3.5 inch touchscreen, Augmented Reality, and speech-to-text.
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LG Optimus 7
LG Optimus Quantum
Also, there was some interesting announcement during the press conference.
- Electronic Art (EA) will be a partner for the game platform.
- Early 2011, Microsoft will publish updates that will add the Copy & Paste feature that was one of the highly requested feature.
Links related to the launch:
So less than 1 month to wait until we get the devices.
Some of you probably find out that the beta version of IE9 seems to cause some issues when we want to run an ASP.NET or Silverlight in debug in Visual Studio. In reality, there is no issue. In fact, it’s IE9 who is too fast, compare to the Web Development Server (also called Cassini) which take longer to instantiate. A friend of the .NET Montreal Community Étienne Tremblay found a workaround for this issue. He wrote a post about his solution: http://geekswithblogs.net/etiennetremblay/archive/2010/10/07/ie-9-cassini-and-the-dreaded-dns-error-or-page.aspx
I tried it and it work fine for me!
Kevin Marshal of Clarity Consulting post a nice blog about the Quick Jump Grid. The Quick Jump Grid is a model propose in the design template by Microsoft but not available as built-in control at this time. So if you want to implement that kind of feature i suggest that you read the blog and test the demo.