Nokia made a short appearance at MIX'11 yesterday and with the increased enthusiasm Marco Argenti (head of developer experience at Nokia) showed, it would seem that Nokia are really steaming ahead with the planning and early development stages of their WP7 adoption.
Although these are not the best shots (sorry, even their camera was blurry), what you are seeing is a new option under Settings in Mango that allows the consumer to control if background services run or not.
Good news devs, with the May tool refresh announced today, you'll also be getting a screenshot tool within the emulator (no, still nothing for on-device).
Today was a superb day for both the Windows Phone 7 platform and the development community behind the 13,000 Marketplace apps. Luckily we were at the front (literally) of the action in Las Vegas and laying our hawk eyes on the live stream to bring you the best coverage of the keynote from a variety of angles. Not only were we live blogging the entire session, we are also bringing you the latest bulletins covering the Angry Birds release date, IMDb working with Bing, Kik Messenger coming to WP7 and more.
Follow the break for a snappy list breaking down the important topics covered in the keynote along with an in-depth summary.
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.
Although yesterday had some interesting news from Microsoft: IE9, IE10 preview, dev wall, Kinect and Surface news and there were plenty of Windows Phone session, but only on "current" software and development.
Today the gloves come off.
First up, we have a nice hour and half Keynote today, which we know a big part of will be on Windows Phone. Joe Belfiore along with Scott Guthrie will be talking about the future of Windows Phone, specifically about 'Mango' and we expect new developer tools and access to APIs (see our "rumor" coverage). While that may sound dull, it's actually quite huge as it'll really unleash the hardware for devs, who can write a ton of new software.
Follow that right here as we have our live blog of that event, where you can join in the chat too. We've also embedded the livestream if you're able to watch video. It all starts at noon eastern, 9 pacific.
The rest of the day are "Sessions", which are 45 min talks dealing with, yes, Windows Phone 7. Some of those talks today which we'll be going to are listed here. These "secret" sessions had no titles/descriptions until it leaked yesterday, that's because they deal with features/things not yet announced--until this morning's keynote, that is.
So stay tuned here as we'll have some video of the talks, photos and we'll see anything else that we can dig up. But in short, we're expecting a big day around here, so stay tuned.
It’s time for the Meal of the Week! What’s that, you already ate? Let’s do the Deal of the Week then. This week’s deal is Carneyvale: Showtime from Singapore-MIT GAMBIT Game Lab. Man, that’s a mouthful. Anyway, the game is on sale for $1.99, down from the regular price of $2.99.