Windows Phone 7 live from the Microsoft Campus

I had the chance to go  to the Microsoft Campus a few hours ago to play a bit with Windows Phone 7 and gather some new info about the much anticipated OS.  The session started with a presentation by the Tequila Rapido Team who discussed the Metro UI and the design process of building WP7 applications with SketchFlow. They’ve also unveiled a new Windows Phone 7 application dedicated to the french horse channel Equidia (sorry for the picture quality below). I highly suggest that you take a look at their Renault Rent application and SketchFlow video.

Microsoft France is also announcing a Windows Phone 7 developer competition today which will give every developer the opportunity to submit their application to a jury composed by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and other big name CEOs and founders:

- Pierre Olivier Carles, CEO de Kipost et co-fondateur de Labotec, business angel.
- Jacques Antoine Granjon, Fondateur de Vente-privée.com
- Ouriel Ohayon,Co- Fondateur d’AppsFire et Co-fondateur du fonds Isai
- Marc Simoncini, Fondateur et Président de Meetic et du fonds Jaïna
- Bruno Vanryb, Fondateur et Président d’Avanquest Software

The jury will announce the winner on October 7th when Steve Ballmer will be in France (I’ll now let you guess Windows Phone 7′s launch day ;-) …Remember that Ballmer launched WM6.5 here in Paris last year…so it’s safe to assume that WP7′s launch will take place on the 7th)

The Samsung Taylor prototype was silky smooth and the LG Panther also felt good in the hand (and it definitely looks like has an LCD screen not AMOLED, not 100% yet thought). Developer devices will start to be available shortly (this week I guess) but Microsoft doesn’t have a whole lot of handsets available right now and a biggest batch/shipment is expected at the end of August. Developers who really wish to test their applications on a real device will be able to head over to the Campus every Friday and load their app on to a prototype there (nice move IMO). So I suggest you talk to your local DPE Team and see if they are offering the same thing. The Beta of the Windows Phone 7 SDK is also scheduled to launch this week (probably announced during WPC10) UPDATE: It’s out now. All in all it was really nice to handle Windows Phone 7 again and chat with the smart guys at Microsoft. Stay tuned for more…

  • Manny

    Nice write up, did you manage to get any videos?

  • Manny

    Nice write up, did you manage to get any videos?

  • Manny

    Nice write up, did you manage to get any videos?

  • arash

    hey buddy really what a nice website! too bad you have not any good advertisement! i guess you should send some of your articles to engadget(the popular devil)

  • arash

    hey buddy really what a nice website! too bad you have not any good advertisement! i guess you should send some of your articles to engadget(the popular devil)

  • http://www.mobiletechworld.com/tips-contact/ M. Daou

    Thanks! No video cause it wasn’t a press event. there’s wasn’t anything really new wy haven’t seen before anyway.

  • http://www.mobiletechworld.com/tips-contact/ M. Daou

    Thanks! No video cause it wasn’t a press event. there’s wasn’t anything really new wy haven’t seen before anyway.

  • http://www.mobiletechworld.com/tips-contact/ M. Daou

    Thanks mate:). What do you mean but “not any good advertisement”? Are you talking about the ads on the site (yeah they’ve been sucking a lot lately and not only for my site it seems)?

  • http://www.mobiletechworld.com/tips-contact/ M. Daou

    Thanks mate:). What do you mean but “not any good advertisement”? Are you talking about the ads on the site (yeah they’ve been sucking a lot lately and not only for my site it seems)?

  • arash

    No im not talking about supportive ads on this site,they are actually good i didn’t notice them at all:D(is there any?) i meant advertising mobiletechworld.com on the other websites, engadget was an example(it was the first one that occurred to me), if you send one of your good articles to them they may post it and give the link to the source. i mean i consider myself as a WP7 watcher and i didn’t ended up here before!it deserve well many more readers(now that i think i remember this website from before very well but i didn’t ended up here recently) thanks again

  • arash

    No im not talking about supportive ads on this site,they are actually good i didn’t notice them at all:D(is there any?) i meant advertising mobiletechworld.com on the other websites, engadget was an example(it was the first one that occurred to me), if you send one of your good articles to them they may post it and give the link to the source. i mean i consider myself as a WP7 watcher and i didn’t ended up here before!it deserve well many more readers(now that i think i remember this website from before very well but i didn’t ended up here recently) thanks again

  • arash

    No im not talking about supportive ads on this site,they are actually good i didn’t notice them at all:D(is there any?) i meant advertising mobiletechworld.com on the other websites, engadget was an example(it was the first one that occurred to me), if you send one of your good articles to them they may post it and give the link to the source. i mean i consider myself as a WP7 watcher and i didn’t ended up here before!it deserve well many more readers(now that i think i remember this website from before very well but i didn’t ended up here recently) thanks again

  • Diego!

    Hey M!

    Did you have time to play with LG Panther??? Has Microsoft already allowed the rotation in Windows Phone 7??? All prototypes I’ve seen didn’t have rotation! lol.
    On the other hand, I thought AMOLED was a requirement in WP7…

    Funny though…

    Greets!

  • Diego!

    Hey M!

    Did you have time to play with LG Panther??? Has Microsoft already allowed the rotation in Windows Phone 7??? All prototypes I’ve seen didn’t have rotation! lol.
    On the other hand, I thought AMOLED was a requirement in WP7…

    Funny though…

    Greets!

  • Diego!

    Hey M!

    Did you have time to play with LG Panther??? Has Microsoft already allowed the rotation in Windows Phone 7??? All prototypes I’ve seen didn’t have rotation! lol.
    On the other hand, I thought AMOLED was a requirement in WP7…

    Funny though…

    Greets!