Windows Phone, Kinect: Microsoft Gives Developers an Eyeful

 
 
By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2011-04-27
 
 
 

New Opportunities for Windows Phone

The MIX11 Day 2 keynote put the spotlight on devices, as Microsoft announced new opportunities and capabilities for the Windows Phone.

New Opportunities for Windows Phone

Joe Belfiore

Joe Belfiore, corporate vice president of Windows Phone program management, announced a new set of Windows Phone Developer Tools. Before launching into a discussion of new features in the upcoming "Mango" version of the Windows Phone operating system, Belfiore offered a mea culpa for problems Microsoft has experienced in pushing out updates of the OS to customers.

Joe Belfiore

Windows Phone Fan Brandon Foy

Belfiore welcomed Brandon Foy, creator of a popular Windows Phone video, to the stage and issued a challenge to the audience.

Windows Phone Fan Brandon Foy

Windows Phone and HTML5

Belfiore demonstrated new features for Windows Phone that take advantage of HTML5.

Windows Phone and HTML5

Speed Test

Windows Phone 7, Android and iPhone went head to head in a demonstration illustrating what Microsoft officials said was the superior agility of Windows Phone applications.

Speed Test

Layar App

Belfiore demonstrated the Layar app for Windows Phone.

Layar App

Scott Guthrie

During his MIX11 keynote, Scott Guthrie, corporate vice president of the .NET developer platform, announced the availability of Microsoft Silverlight 5 beta.

Scott Guthrie

Kinect-Powered Lounge Chair

Microsoft Technical Evangelist Clint Rutkas demonstrated a Kinect-powered drivable lounge chair.

Kinect-Powered Lounge Chair

Kinect Demo: Navi

University of Konstanz students Stephan Huver and Michael Zollner joined Laura Foy onstage to demonstrate "Navi," a Kinect-enabled demo of augmented reality that provides "eyes" for a visually impaired person.

Kinect Demo: Navi

Kinect Demo: Wall Panic 3000

Foy and Guthrie demonstrated "Wall Panic 3000" on Kinect.

Kinect Demo: Wall Panic 3000

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