Windows Phone 7 to offer both Silverlight and XNA development


A week after Microsoft formally announced the forthcoming release of Windows Phone 7 at the Mobile World Congress event, the software giant remains mum on what the new platform means for developers, promising their questions will be answered at its MIX event taking place in Las Vegas next month. In the meantime, documentation is already beginning to leak, presumably from Microsoft’s OEM partners, and the details indicate that WinPhone 7 development will rely almost exclusively on managed code–Microsoft will enable developers to write their apps in two frameworks, one based on Silverlight (its cross-platform .NET environment rivaling Adobe Flash and Adobe AIR) and the other based on its XNA gaming platform.


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