Don’t forget about the databinding features of Silverlight 4 that you get with Mango!

If you are a Windows Phone developer, there are some properties offered on the Binding object in SIlverlight 4, which is supported by Mango. Thse properties were not offered in Silverlight 3/Windows Phone OS 7.0. The SL4 binding properties make setting up control bindings much easier and help you avoid using a value converter in many cases. You can…

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Ensuring your Windows Phone Applications Work on Mango

Not only does Mango support Silverlight 4, there are also numerous updates and improvements to Silverlight for Windows Phone. A bunch of work has gone into compatibility between Mango and Windows Phone 7, however you should test your existing applications on Mango, to make sure they behave as expected. There are a few known differences…

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Mango Beta2…get it while it’s fresh!

The Mango Windows Phone Developer Tools Windows Phone SDK Beta2 released today (the tools have been renamed to SDK). With the beta2 release you will see some additions to the tools like the Isolated Storage Explorer, improvements to the profiler and emulator as well as numerous updates to the docs. You can get the Mango…

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Fuel Tracker sample application for WP7 now in Visual Basic

I’m happy to report that the Fuel Tracker sample is now available in Visual Basic as well as C#. Additionally, we have fixed several small issues that various people have reported, one of which prevented the application from working correctly when running under the Windows Phone Developer Tools 7.1 Beta. The accompanying documentation has not yet…

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New Addition to Windows Phone Quickstarts- Pivot and Panorama Controls

Windows Phone 7 includes Panorama and Pivot controls that you can use to display controls and data and navigate through them using their built-in swipe and pan gestures.                              To help you understand these controls we have added a new quickstart to our existing Windows Phone quickstarts collection- Panorama and Pivot Controls. This quickstart provides an overview of…

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Windows Phone Developer Tools 7.1 Beta now available!

The Windows Phone Developer Tools 7.1 Beta released today. Download them here. The tools enable you to get started developing applications for the next version of Windows Phone 7 Codenamed “Mango” and leverage new phone features while continuing to develop applications for Windows Phone  OS 7.0. In addition to multi-targeting the tools offer some other great…

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Attending MIX 2011? There’s an app for that!

If you’re planning on attending MIX 2011 conference in Las Vegas and if you own a Windows Phone, check out our new Conference Helper app for Windows Phone 7, that we just released to the marketplace. Conference Helper is a free app. You can get it either by searching in the marketplace or by downloading it…

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February Release of Silverlight for Windows Phone Toolkit

Yesterday the toolkit team pushed out an update to the Windows Phone Toolkit. You can get the February update here. One of the things I am excited about is that the Performance Progress Bar is now part of the toolkit. No need to do all the copying and pasting from Jeff’s blog. You can simply…

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Loading a static XML file to your Windows Phone/Silverlight App

So I think I’ve mentioned before I have been working on a Windows Phone 7 application. It’s been a real learning experience as oftentimes as a writer, I get to know my feature areas very well, but don’t create full-blown applications using several features. How to load a static xml file into my application is…

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Early look at the Panorama and Pivot controls for Windows Phone

Check out Jeff Wilcox’s blog for a great post introducing the Panorama and Pivot controls for Windows Phone. I’m currently using the Panorama control (yes, one of the advantages to working for Microsoft is early access to stuff that is under development) in a Windows phone application I’ve been working on, and I don’t think you’ll be…

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