This year at MIX10 we brought the ghost of MEDC back to life by adding Windows Phone 7 to a conference that typically targets web designers and developers.

We even saw Scottgu develop the first-ever Twitter app for our forthcoming phone platform.  The big news back at Barcelona was how we’ve breathed new life into the Smartphone space by building something that doesn’t look like a me-too copy of all our competitors.


At MIX10, it was time to show application and game developers that we not only have the best mobile platform for them, but we also have the best tools.  We launched a Windows Phone 7 Developer Tools Preview that includes:

  • Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone
  • XNA Game Studio 4.0
  • Windows Phone Emulator
  • Expression Blend 4 for Windows Phone


The tools are free and can be downloaded from

We’ve gone from eMbedded Visual Basic and eMbedded C++ to the .NET Compact Framework and now we’re making the jump to Silverlight which allows mobile developers to build the richest, most visually stunning apps ever seen on a phone.  Game developers get the same easy-to-use XNA tools that are used for Xbox, Windows and Zune HD.

Go to the site, download the tools, and start building apps and games for Windows Phone 7!

– Rob

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Rob Tiffany

Rob is a writer, teacher, speaker, world traveller and undersea explorer. He's also a thought leader in the areas of enterprise mobility and the Internet of Things.

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