Last week on the Connected Show, Dmitry and I reported that at TechEd 2010, Brandon Watson from the Windows Phone 7 team said “select developers” will be getting access to Windows Phone 7 devices in July. We both pondered what Brandon meant by “select developers”. On the podcast, we recommended that folks keep an eye on Brandon’s blog for more details. On his blog, Brandon suggested that folks contact him for more details. Such a silly notion. I can’t imagine what poor Brandon’s inbox looked like after posting that suggestion!
As it turns out, Brandon’s been a bit overwhelmed with the amount of people trying to get in touch with him about Windows Phone 7 devices! He’s just put up a blog post talking about how he’s handling all the device requests the team is receiving. If you’re excited about the new phones, I highly suggest you read it. He lays out some guidelines for how YOU can get noticed by the Windows Phone 7 team and maybe get a device: (hint: DO EPIC SH*T!)
Ways To Get Noticed By The Windows Phone 7 Team
1) Get the tools and start building apps – asking for a phone without any kind of app development in place is not going to get it done. If you need ideas, go to our site where customers are posting app ideas for apps they want. As of this writing, there’s almost 1,000 app ideas up there.
2) Blog about your development progress. Screenshots and videos help a lot. So do tips and tricks on how to do amazing things on the platform. The important thing here is to share what you know with the rest of the community. Those who share are engendering much love from us.
3) Tag your posts with “Windows Phone 7 Development” or “wp7dev” so that we, and other developers, can find you.
3) Build something which extends the platform and can be used by other developers. Being developer friendly is top form.
4) Post videos of your app running in the emulator to youtube.
5) Register in the Windows Phone Marketplace. When we know your Marketplace ID, it’s a lot easier to find you and get you a phone.
There’s more, so make sure to read the whole thing.
Quoting my teammate Andrew Duthie… One that I’d add is to keep your local Developer Evangelist up on what you’re doing with Windows Phone 7. Here in the NY Metro area, that’s myself & Rachel Appel. If you don’t know who your local DE is, feel free to contact me via the email link on my blog, and I’ll get you connected.
PS: Just don’t ask me for a device!!!!