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Windows Phone Geek launches developer components marketplace

Developer-based community Windows Phone Geek, have announced their new marketplace (link) that caters for developers who requires tools to help them build apps on the platform. This beta (currently invite-only) Windows Phone marketplace enables developers to buy / sell UI controls, developer tools, SDKs, app templates, source code and more.

This should help developers build high quality apps and offer tools in a single location. Boryana Miloshevska, Founder and CEO of WPGeek Ltd, had the following to say:

“Our purpose is not just to list thousands of low quality components, but to list only those that really can bring value and can help developers to build better apps. So, quality and not just quantity is what we aim to achieve with the WindowsPhoneGeek Marketplace!”

Read more about it here

Verious brings components to make life easier for Windows Phone developers

Verious Inc is a leader in connecting developers with components and services for mobile app developer and they have a strong presence with iOS and Android development. Today the company has added Windows Phone development to their lineup giving developers even more tools at their disposal. What it means is that Hundreds of pre-built mobile app components, open source projects, HTML5 components and SDKs are now available to Windows Phone developers. It opens up the pool of resources developers have to tap into.  Verious has reportedly worked closely with Microsoft to identify the most valuable components to help accelerate mobile app development.

“The boom in Windows Phone app development is generating a growing number of companies providing components, tools, and mobile-ready services for Windows Phone developers to discover and implement,”

said JC Cimetiere, Director for Developer & Partner programs, Windows Phone Division.

“Microsoft is pleased that Verious is bringing these valuable assets together to help enterprises and independent software developers alike dramatically accelerate their mobile app development.”

Anil Pereira, founder and CEO of Verious had this to say,

“From Metro-styled icons to charting controls and mapping tools, we’ve worked with Microsoft to compile the world’s most comprehensive catalogue of pre-built components, open source libraries and SDKs for Windows Phone development. Now mobile app developers can leverage these resources to get their apps to market faster—just as they do for other leading smartphone platforms.”

Seeing that Verious already has a presence with iOS and Android development, the addition of Windows Phone to Verious’s catalog may see more cross platform apps hit the Marketplace.

Millions of mobile developers looking to build or port apps to the Windows Phone platform can find and discover pre-built app components, popular open source projects, and software development kits (SDKs) for Windows Phone from leading software and technology services companies on http://www.verious.com.

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Microsoft Confirms That Current Windows Phone Apps Will Run On Windows Phone 8, hints at Silverlight Death

On the Windows Phone developer blog, Microsoft’s Larry Lieberman reaffirmed that indeed, today’s Windows Phone app will work just fine on Windows Phone 8:

With regard to existing applications: today’s Windows Phone applications and games will run on the next major version of Windows Phone. Driving application compatibility is a function of Microsoft’s commitment to its developers. Regardless of what we release in terms of new developer features and functionality, we have made a large investment in protecting your existing investments.

That is certainly good news and should allay some fears for devs. Microsoft also discussed about the Silverlight development platform and there are hints that Silverlight may be de-emphasized for the next generation of Windows Phone:

We’ve also heard some developers express concern about the long term future of Silverlight for Windows Phone. Please don’t panic; XAML and C#/VB.NET development in Windows 8 can be viewed as a direct evolution from today’s Silverlight. All of your managed programming skills are transferrable to building applications for Windows 8, and in many cases, much of your code will be transferrable as well. Note that when targeting a tablet vs. a phone, you do of course, need to design user experiences that are appropriately tailored to each device.

From my own perspective, its really not that bad, and I think Windows Phone 8 development platform will be made similar to Windows 8.

Read more at Windows Phone Developer Blog.

Microsoft Announces Visual Studio 11 Beta

Microsoft has announced the Microsoft Visual Studio 11 Beta coming next week. The new version of developer tools will sport a new look and hundreds of new features that will make the developer environment much better.

Read more at Microsoft News

Microsoft Delivers Silverlight 5, Available For Download

 

At last, Microsoft today released the final versions of Silverlight 5. Microsoft also released Silverlight 5 SDK and Developer tools for Visual Studio final versions today.

New in Silverlight 5:

Hardware Decode of H.264 media, which provides a significant performance improvement with decoding of unprotected content using the GPU; Postscript Vector Printing to improve output quality and file size; and an improved graphics stack with 3D support that uses the XNA API on the Windows platform to gain low-level access to the GPU for drawing vertex shaders and low-level 3D primitives.

While the future of Silverlight in web apps and mobile looks cloudy under Microsoft’s new HTML5 world, Silverlight’s Enterprise future looks great. Silverlight is still the best platform to develop LOB apps inside enterprise. Anyway, It took almost 20 months for Microsoft to deliver these stuff ! !

Download links:

Silverlight 5: http://cot.ag/tlxYBn

Silverlight 5 SDK : Download link

Silverlight 5 Developer tools for VS 2010: Download link

Silverlight Developers, Enjoy the day.

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