Microsoft bids to lure developers to Windows Phone 7

Microsoft logoOne of the many differences between Windows Phone 7 and Microsoft's previous attempts at producing a mobile phone operating system is that the new platform's user interface will be locked down and consistent. Windows Mobile handset manufacturers would often use custom front-ends as a unique selling point, but on Windows Phone 7, that won't be an option. The Metro interface that has been widely demonstrated will be the only UI available. A choice of color scheme is likely to be the only real modification possible.

For the handset vendors, losing the ability to skin the interface, and hence differentiate their products from the competition, may well be an unattractive prospect. In response, it looks like Microsoft is going to help them write appealing custom applications to reinstate that differentiation. A job advertised by the company is looking for a developer to work with a Korean OEM (most likely LG, perhaps Samsung) to help produce unique software to win over consumers.

Whatever these custom applications turn out to be, they're still going to be limited in scope. OEMs will be limited to providing up to six applications taking no more than 60MB, and for the most part will be limited to the same Silverlight API as third-party developers. OEMs will have a handful of—unspecified—extra APIs to work with, but even with these, the days of radically different front-ends on Microsoft-powered phones are coming to an end.

OEMs aren't the only developers that Redmond is trying to entice to its new platform. An iPhone application developer approached PoetGamerck.biz claiming that he'd been offered up-front cash to port his successful iPhone games to Microsoft's new platform.

The amount of money was claimed to be substantial, but not enough to justify the porting effort. iPhone software is written in Objective-C and/or C++, using OpenGL ES for graphics. Migrating to C# and XNA (the managed DirectX-like API used for Windows Phone 7 games) is likely to be a sizable undertaking. Perhaps surprisingly, the source also suggested that Microsoft wouldn't have to change too much to make such ports economically viable. Even if true, the fundamentals of the platform—the use of managed code and C#—are unlikely to change in the near future.

Source: ars technica

Tags: Microsoft, mobile phones, Windows Phone 7

Comments
Add comment

Your name:
Sign in with:
or
Your comment:


Enter code:

E-mail (not required)
E-mail will not be disclosed to the third party


Last news

 
You can use a security key instead of having a code sent to your phone
 
Adobe says that the AI can now achieve the intended result in seconds
 
A new security protocol replacing the aging WPA2
 
Download and install at your own risk, of course
 
More iPhone parts likely to be produced by Samsung
 
Starting on Friday, video views on YouTube will start to be counted by the Official Charts Company
 
LG has already announced two new V-series members in 2018
 
The method is blocked and the hack doesn’t work, it adds
The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) Review
The evolution of the successful smartphone, now with a waterproof body and USB Type-C
February 7, 2017 /
Samsung Galaxy TabPro S - a tablet with the Windows-keyboard
The first Windows-tablet with the 12-inch display Super AMOLED
June 7, 2016 /
Keyboards for iOS
Ten iOS keyboards review
July 18, 2015 /
Samsung E1200 Mobile Phone Review
A cheap phone with a good screen
March 8, 2015 / 4
Creative Sound Blaster Z sound card review
Good sound for those who are not satisfied with the onboard solution
September 25, 2014 / 2
Samsung Galaxy Gear: Smartwatch at High Price
The first smartwatch from Samsung - almost a smartphone with a small body
December 19, 2013 /
 
 

News Archive

 
 
SuMoTuWeThFrSa
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
293031    




Poll

Do you use microSD card with your phone?
or leave your own version in comments (10)