Silverlight on Windows Phone

This was a great announcement last week at MIX10: the programming model for the upcoming Windows Phone 7 is Silverlight!

 Windows Phone 7

For now it is Silverlight 3, with the possibility to use phone specific features:

  • orientation
  • location & map control (GPS)
  • mic
  • push notifications
  • motion detection
  • accelerometer
  • compass
  • light
  • proximity
  • contacts

So we have the same programming model we already know, develop in Visual Studio, test with the built-in emulator or deploy to the mobile with full debugger integration.


Try it now!

Good news: tools to develop for Windows Phone are free!!
You can download right now:

Windows Phone Developer Tools CTP


  • Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone CTP
  • Windows Phone Emulator CTP
  • Silverlight for Windows Phone CTP
  • XNA 4.0 Game Studio CTP

Expression Blend Tools for Windows Phone

If you already have Visual Studio 2010 or Expression Blend these downloads will add the tools into your current version installed.



Scott Guthrie has a nice sample detailed on his blog:


Free ebook

Download a free preview of the upcoming book from Charles Petzold “Programming Windows Phone 7 Series” (PDF Version, 153 pages):


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