Microsoft shows off 'Mango', announces new Dev Tools, Skype, Layar and more
Las Vegas, April 13th...
Microsoft today showed off the next version of Windows Phone, coming this fall, called 'Mango' as well as announced new developer tools what will give devs a chance to go deeper with the phone.
The improved dev tools include "a performance profiler and sensor stimulation, enabling developers to build more intergrated and high-performing applications". In addition, devs get:
- Application multitasking for background processing,, audio and file transfer, and fast app switching
- Deeper phone intergration so apps can, for example, take better advantage of the versatility of Live Tiles
- Access to the camera and Motion Sensor library so devs can build apps that incorporate device hardware and build augmented reality experiences
- All of these new tools will be available starting in May.
In addition, Microsoft showed of the next version of Windows Phone called 'Mango' including new apps such as Skype (!), Spotify, Layar, Quantas, Amazon Shopping and Kik Messenger
So there you go folks. Expect more throughout the day, including videos and more info. But darn it all, Microsoft is listening and look to be delivering. Shout out in comments on your thoughts!
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