Customize a Windows Phone 7 Live Tile

Windows Phone 7 “Mango” adds a lot of great new features to Live Tiles.  An app can now create Secondary Tiles that are controlled programmatically and deep link directly into the app.  One feature that I could not find, however, is the ability to control the appearance of text on a tile.  This seems to…

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Hello Windows Phone OS (codenamed “Mango”)

Perhaps you’ve heard already about Windows Phone OS (codenamed “Mango”)?  Here is a list of some of my favorite great new features of the update. ·         Windows Phone OS (codenamed “Mango”)  is a free update for all Windows Phone 7 devices ·         It will have the IE9 browser to support HTML5 websites ·         3rd party…

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Access to Windows Phone 7 Camera Roll from a Silverlight App …

Or “Why is my RootPictureAlbum null?” Download the code for this example. In order to get programmatic access to the available media libraries on Windows Phone 7, you need to use some XNA libraries even in a Silverlight application.  I will give an example of how to use legal APIs from XNA.  I will also…

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Why does your Windows Phone 7 app need access to my phone calls?

If you’ve been playing around in the Windows Phone 7 marketplace or downloading apps to your shiny new Windows Phone 7 (w00t!), you may have noticed something interesting.  Some applications seem to require a lot more privileges than you’d expect.  Take for example my little game (Zune link, plug) … Why would a little kids’…

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Windows Phone 7, Reactive Extensions, OData, MVVM

Download source: RxTests.zip No, this is not an attempt to get spidered by putting every hot technology in the title!  It’s actually self-induced attempt to give myself a brain hemorrhage by stuffing as many new to me technologies in one sample application as possible and trying to building it out … In this corner, you…

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Windows Phone 7 Development Tools RTM …

If you’ve been using the beta tools to develop for Windows Phone 7, you’ve had to do without for a little while – but no longer.  The RTM tools are available for download!  There are a ton of great things included in the package and they have been and will remain completely without cost.  So…

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Some Windows Phone 7 Previews …

Some interesting and in-depth WP7 Previews hit the wire today.  Check them out! http://www.engadget.com/2010/07/19/windows-phone-7-in-depth-preview/ http://www.cnet.com/8301-17918_1-20010780-85.html http://www.winsupersite.com/mobile/wp7_handson_03b.asp http://www.zdnet.com/blog/cell-phones/definitive-guide-to-the-microsoft-windows-phone-7-technical-preview/4286 http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2365546,00.asp Edit: Great summary at Windows Phone Secrets Have fun reading!

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Haters Gonna Hate …

[Everything I write on this blog is my own opinion and not that of my employer.] I read with interest the InfoWorld article entitled Windows Phone 7: Don’t bother with this disaster.  I was surprised at the level of vitriol contained in the article.  The anger that comes across in Mr. Gruman’s missive belies the…

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