Chapter 1. Introducing Windows Phone 7 and the Windows Phone Platform

This is an exciting time for developers as the smartphone race heats up between major players Microsoft Windows Phone, Apple iPhone, and Google Android. As a developer, you are faced with an amazing opportunity to develop a mobile application that can be sold to millions of consumers worldwide using any of the platforms (Windows Phone, iPhone, and Android). By 2014 Gartner predicts that the smartphone market will boom and there will be billions of dollars at stake. This could well be the next big "dot com boom" that everyone's been waiting for.

Recently, Nokia, one of the largest mobile phone makers in the world, announced that it will replace its Symbian-based operating system ...

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