Chapter 1. Windows Phone and .NET

It is a genuine pleasure to develop software for Windows Phone 7 devices using Visual Studio .NET.

Microsoft's latest version of its mobile operating system provides a very different environment from the versions that came before it. Virtually everything about Windows Phone is new to the mobile platform: it includes an entirely redesigned user interface, implements the powerful XNA audio/visual libraries for high-performance gaming, and has standard high-specification hardware requirements that all devices are obliged to meet.

There is one key element of Windows Phone that has stayed essentially the same as the platforms that preceded it: the use of the .NET programming environment to create games and applications. ...

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