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Windows Phone 7 @ MIX10: Reports on the new hotness from MIX10 in Las Vegas

The Videos are Up!

It’s only been a couple of days since MIX10 wrapped up, but as promised, we recorded videos of all the sessions and they’re now available online. It doesn’t matter if you missed a session or missed the entire conference, you can now catch (or re-catch) them all. The videos are all “two-shots”; that is, they feature two views: one of the speaker, shown in a window on the left, and one of the current slide, shown in a view on the right. They’re all in Windows Video (WMV) format, and for many of the presentations, the speakers have also made the slides available in PowerPoint (PPTX) format.

The Windows Phone Videos

I’m biased – I’m one of the evangelists designated as a “Windows Phone 7 Champ” – so naturally I consider the Windows Phone 7 Series announcements made at MIX10 to be the most important ones of the conference. (Don’t worry, I’ll talk about the other things I saw at MIX in a later article.)

I’m a believer in “The Power of the Obvious”. Sometimes, there’s great power and utility in taking information that’s already out there and rearranging it in a way that makes it even more useful. That’s why I decided to take the listing of all the MIX10 session videos, pick out the ones applicable to Windows Phone 7 development and rearrange them into the three lists below:

I’ve listed each session with:

  • Its code and title – not the title that appears in the program, but the title that the presenters actually used (some were changed at the last minute)
  • A brief description of the session
  • A “You should watch it if” list to give you an idea of whether the presentation is relevant to you
  • Links to the video of the presentation, and if available, the slides

All told, there’s more than 18 hours’ worth of Windows Phone video.


Windows Phone – General Design and Development

Title Video Slides
KEY01: Day 1 Keynote

The Day 1 keynote started with Silverlight and finished with the first complete announcement Windows Phone and its development environment, as well as where you can download  all the goodies to get started immediately.

You should watch it if: You want to get the “feel” of this year’s MIX conference, you’re new to developing for the Microsoft platform (or haven’t done so in a long time) or if you’re a completist.

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CL01: Changing Our Game – An Introduction to Windows Phone 7 Series

This was the very first breakout session following MIX10’s Day 1 keynote. In it, Joe Belfiore, Corporate VP Windows Phone, covers the Windows Phone 7 strategy and philosophy, runs through a lot of demos (which make up the lion’s share of the session) and talks about the hardware spec and the partners who will build the phones.

You should watch it if: You haven’t read any of the news about Windows Phone 7 prior to MIX, you’ve never seen the Windows Phone 7 user interface or applications in action, or you’re a business or technical decision-maker wondering wondering if your company should build apps for Windows Phone 7.

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CL13: The Windows Phone Application Platform

It’s my main man, Charlie Kindel, PGPMWPAPDE (Partner Group Program Manager for the Windows Phone Application Platform and Developer Experience) giving us the “100-level” overview of what’s available for developers who want to build Windows Phone apps.

You should watch it if: You’re a developer who wants a high-level overview of Windows Phone 7 development or if you’re a technical decision-maker wondering if your company should build apps for Windows Phone 7.

WMV PPTX
CL14: Designing Windows Phone 7 Series

Albert Shum (“That Dude” behind the design of Windows Phone 7), Michael Smuga (Studio Director) and Chad Roberts (UX Design Lead) talk about the “design language” of Windows Phone 7, which comprises its design principles, metaphors, conventions, “look and feel” and target audience as well as how to design apps that have their own identity and still “speak” Windows Phone 7’s design language.

You should watch it if: You’re a designer, information architect or user experience person who wants to build Windows Phone 7 apps, or if you want a clearer idea of the philosophies behind Windows Phone 7’s user interface and design, direct from the people responsible for creating it.

WMV PPTX
CL18: Windows Phone 7 Series Architecture Deep Dive

Istvan Cseri, who holds the position of Distinguished Engineer at Microsoft and now works with the Windows Phone team, provides a closer look at the technological features of Windows Phone 7. He covers the hardware foundation, the underlying operating system, the application model, the page-based UI model and cloud integration services. 

You should watch it if: You’re a developer or developer manager who wants to build apps for Windows 7 and wants to know more about the platform.

WMV PPTX
CL20: Making Money with Windows Phone Applications and Games
We’ve got a suit (Todd Biggs, Director of Program Management) and a geek (John Bruno, Lead Program Manager) talking about how you can sell your Windows Phone 7 apps on the Windows Phone Marketplace, the source of all Windows Phone 7 apps. They’ll go over what the Marketplace looks like from the customer’s point of view, the plans to make Marketplace’s policies very detailed and clear so you know what apps will pass muster, “Trial Mode” and how you can use it, and of course, how you make money with Windows Phone.

You should watch it if: You’re planning on making some extra spending money (or even paying the rent/mortgage) with Windows Phone apps and are curious as to how Windows Phone Marketplace works.

WMV PPTX
CL23: Designing and Developing for the Rich Mobile Web

This one’s not about building “native” Windows Phone apps with Silverlight or XNA, but for that third mobile platform: the web. Joe Marini, Principal Program Manager for Windows Phone, explains the web’s mobile context and why it’s different, walks through do’s and don’t for building usable, engaging and rich mobile web sites and the general principles of designing and developing for the platform that fits in your pocket.

You should watch it if: You’re a developer or designer who wants to build websites that work well for mobile devices (and yes, that includes Windows Phone).

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Windows Phone and Silverlight

Title Video Slides
CL02: Blend 4 for Windows Phone 7 Series, Silverlight 4 and WPF 4

Christian Schormann and Pete Blois of the Expression Blend team talk about the upcoming version of our tool for building and designing user workflows, interfaces and experiences. There are 4 major demos: an introduction to Blend for Windows Phone, the “Ready for Business” capabilities of Blend 4 and Silverlight 4, the creative side of Blend and its new take on layout, game design for Windows Phone with Blend.

You should watch it if: You’re new to Expression Blend, you’re a developer or designer planning to build Silverlight applications for Windows Phone, you’re an interaction designer wondering about Sketchflow, or you’ve asked the question “Why Blend? Doesn’t Visual Studio already come with an interface designer?”

WMV PPTX
CL15: An Introduction to Developing Applications for Microsoft Silverlight

This presentation was scheduled just before the Building Windows Phone Applications with Silverlight series for those developers who want to build apps for Windows Phone, but have never built a Silverlight application before. Think of it as “Silverlight 101”. It’s presented by Silverlight Program Manager Shawn Oster, who like me, spent some time away from .NET in the world of PHP and Ruby on Rails before joining Microsoft. Shawn will walk through building user interfaces in Silverlight using both Visual Studio and Expression Blend and how you can use the same code for both Windows Phone and the web.

You should watch it if: You’re a developer or designer planning on building apps for Windows Phone 7 but have never touched Silverlight before.

WMV PPTX
CL16: Building Windows Phone Applications with Silverlight, Part 1
Mike Harsh, Program Manager for Silverlight, does the first of a two-part series on building Windows Phone apps with it. In this session, Mike introduces the Windows Phone version of Silverlight, talks about how input and output work with Silverlight on the phone, the new integrated web browser control (which differs from the one in Silverlight for the desktop) and how Silverlight applications can take advantage of the goodies in Windows Phone 7’s OS.

You should watch it if: You’re a developer or designer who’s familiar with Silverlight and want to use it to build Windows Phone apps.

WMV PPTX
CL17: Building Windows Phone Applications with Silverlight, Part 2

Pete Torr, Program Manager for Windows Phone, continues where Mike Harsh left off in part 1 by covering application structure, controls and how to apply themes to them and how to make use of connected services in Silverlight on Windows Phone 7.

You should watch it if: You’re a developer or designer who’s familiar with Silverlight, want to use it to build Windows Phone apps and have seen Part 1 (see above).

WMV PPTX
CL59: Unit Testing Silverlight and Windows Phone Applications

Jeff Wilcox, Senior Software Development Engineer and the guy hwo wrote the unit testing framework for Silverlight, provides a quick introduction to unit testing (yes, lots of people still don’t do it) and leaps into the new Silverlight unit testing framework, which works on both your development machine and right on the hardware phone (once it comes out).

You should watch it if: You’re a developer who plans to build Windows Phone applications with Silverlight and you want to do the right thing and incorporate unit testing into your application development process.

WMV PPTX
CL60: Silverlight Performance on Windows Phone

Seema Ramchandani has an interesting job title – it’s “Silverlight Performance and Graphics for Windows Phone 7 Series”. In this talk, she talks about how to get the most performance out of you Silverlight-based Windows Phone apps, from “less is more”, to taking advantage of the render thread and GPU and going easy on the UI thread, to other optimization tricks.

You should watch it if: You’re a developer who plans to build snappy, responsive Silverlight applications for Windows Phone.

WMV PPTX


Windows Phone and XNA

Title Video Slides
CL19: Development and Debugging Tools for Windows Phone 7 Series

This one’s presented by Cullen Waters of the Advanced Technology Group, who works on the Xbox 360. This presentation covers XNA Game Studio 4.0, the new free-as-in-beer Visual Studio Express for Windows Phone, the Windows Phone emulator and his favourite tools for game development (and how you can use them for building Windows Phone games).

You should watch it if: You’re a developer planning to build games for Windows Phone using XNA, you’re familiar with game development with XNA and you’re trying to squeeze as much performance out of your games as possible.

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CL21: Developing Games for Windows Phone 7 with XNA Game Studio 4.0

Michael Klucher, Lead Program Manager, provides a high-level overview of the latest version of Microsoft’s game development framework and toolset, XNA, which supports building games for Windows, Xbox 360 and now, Windows Phone.

You should watch it if: You’re a developer planning to build games for Windows Phone using XNA, and you’re new to game development with XNA.

WMV PPTX
CL22: High Performance 3D Games on Windows Phone 7 Series

Shawn Hargreaves has been an XNA go-to guy since the XNA’s start, and in this session, he talks about bringing the Xbox 360 3D gaming experience to Windows Phone, how you can get blazing performance out of a managed language like C#, and all sorts of ways you can get the most performance out of XNA.

You should watch it if: You’re a developer planning to build games for Windows Phone using XNA, you’re familiar with 3D game development with XNA, you’re trying to squeeze as much performance out of your games as possible, or you’re interesting in what makes C# and .NET so blazingly fast despite the fact it’s not truly compiled.

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This article also appears in Canadian Developer Connection.

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MIX10 Day 2 Keynote

by Joey deVilla on March 18, 2010

Here’s the keynote from Day 2 of the MIX10 conference, featuring:

Get Microsoft Silverlight
Don’t have Silverlight? You can download Silverlight here or download the video
in WMV or high-quality WMV format.

This article also appears in Canadian Developer Connection.

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MIX10 Day 1 Keynote

by Joey deVilla on March 16, 2010

In case you missed it or weren’t able to attend, here’s the recording of the MIX10 Day 1 keynote featuring Scott Guthrie talking Silverlight and Joe Belfiore talking Windows Phone 7:

Get Microsoft Silverlight

(You can also download the video in high-quality WMV format.)

This article also appears in Canadian Developer Connection.

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Meet the Stars of “The Hangover 2”

by Joey deVilla on March 15, 2010

Joey deVilla in a Hawaiian shirt, Glenn block in silver lame shirt and fun fur jacket, and Glenn Block in a striped shirt

Actually, from left to right, it’s me, Ward Bell of IdeaBlade and Microsoft’s Glenn Block, whom John Bristowe and I interviewed in the most recent Ignite Your Coding webcast. Ward and Glenn have forgotten more about building composite apps than I will ever learn. If you attended the “Building Composite Applications with WPF and Silverlight” session in my track at TechDays Canada 2009, you saw what was essentially Ward’s presentation; he’s the only reason I know anything about Prism.

This article also appears in Canadian Developer Connection.

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Hello from MIX10!

by Joey deVilla on March 15, 2010

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Here’s the keynote room, about 15 minutes before the start of Scott Guthrie’s keynote. Watch this blog as well as my Twitter stream – I’m @AccordionGuy and I’m tagging my posts with #CanMIX (for Canadian MIX) – for updates!

This article also appears in Canadian Developer Connection.

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Reporting from MIX10 Tomorrow!

by Joey deVilla on March 14, 2010

Windows Phone 7 @ MIX10: Reports on the new hotness from MIX10 in Las VegasI’m in Las Vegas to attend the MIX10 conference, Microsoft’s conference for both developers and designers. This year’s MIX conference, which runs from Monday March 15th through Wednesday, March 17th, is a hotly-anticipated one, thanks the fact that Microsoft will be making announcements about Internet Explorer 9 and Windows Phone 7 Series.

As the Canadian Developer Evangelist charged with the responsibility of promoting Windows Phone 7 to small and independent developers (who make up the lion’s share of the people who write smartphone apps), I’ve been writing about Windows Phone 7 and mobile development in general in the series Counting Down to Seven. I plan to continue writing about Windows Phone 7 from several angles, including:

  • Writing software for the phone, both on the phone end and well as in the cloud
  • Creating compelling mobile user experiences
  • Ideas, both sane and wacky, for mobile applications
  • Lessons to learn from the successes and failures of other smartphone vendors
  • The mobile industry in general

I’ve just come from an all-day hush-hush closed-door set of presentations covering the details of Windows Phone 7 and the tools and technologies that drive it. I’m impressed by what I saw. I can’t say much right now, and you’ll find out from me (and many other sources) tomorrow, but I can tell you this: Windows Phone 7 is cooler than the other side of the pillow.

Keep an eye on this blog over the next couple of days: there’s going to be a lot of information – and more! — from MIX10, and lots of useful information about developing for Windows Phone 7 over the next few months!

This article also appears in Canadian Developer Connection.

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Back to Daylight Saving Time!

by Joey deVilla on March 14, 2010

Photo: Penguin about to wake up a polar bear with a pair of cymbals.

I’m in Las Vegas to catch Microsoft’s MIX10 conference, where a lot of big announcements are being made. The combination of having just come from the Confoo conference in Montreal, flying to Vegas by way of Vancouver, and “springing forward” to daylight saving time has left me feeling like the bear pictured above.

More posts from Vegas and MIX10 to follow!

This article also appears in Canadian Developer Connection.

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