In this video, Nancy Strickland from Microsoft shows us how simple it is to create a functional Windows Phone application using Visual Studio 2010, and even the free Express edition tools at the Windows Phone Developer site
I’ve been a Windows Mobile user since the first SmartPhones came out back in 2001. I upgraded almost yearly, putting up with glitches and slowness, as despite being glitchy and slow, it was consistently the best phone platform for a geek like me.
This all changed in 2008 with the advent of the iPhone 3GS. Suddenly the Jesus Phone seemed to have come of age. All the applications I felt I needed from the SmartPhone and Windows Mobile platform were available (or close approximations) on the iPhone.
Although I seldom wrote code for the Windows Mobile platform, it was always nice to know that I could have if I’d needed to. Maybe using the compact .NET framework.
And this is probably my biggest problem with the Steve Jobs mobile platform: it’s a closed shop. I’ve got to use ObjectiveC or nothing. No support for Flash or Silverlight or the .NET Framework. Or any framework as far as I can make out from the outside, until very very recently. Even the Appple Developer Terms seem to conspire against techies who haven’t yet drunk all the iPhone Kool Aid.
So, as much as I love my iPhone 3GS with iOS 4.x, my next phone will be a Windows 7 Mobile phone.
Free developer tools, and I don’t need a Mac.