Windows Phone 7 photography features discussed in 1 hour long video chat

The Windows Phone 7 team had a one hour long live chat / Webcast about WP7′s photography features on the official Microsoft website. There’s a lot of mumbo jumbo PR talk in there and you won’t learn a whole lot at all. Here’s a short break down of the the most “interesting stuff”:

1- Some talk about the SkyDrive / Facebook etc upload and sharing feature

2- No HD video playback: Yup he kinda tries to dodge the question here. The base video specs in WP7 is apparently VGA/WVGA and he basically admits that to playback HD videos you’ll have to go through the Zune software (and Windows Live Movie maker) which re-encodes the videos to a lower resolution (the Windows Phone encoding profile in new beta WLMM is actually 800×600 compared to the Zune HD’s 720P profile….) OEMS will have the ability to have camera sensors capable of capturing in 720P video, but there doesn’t seem to be anyway to playback in HD on the device (wtf?). It is not clear if OEMS can bypass the OS’s video limitation yet. I’ve posted the full Windows Phone 7 codecs specs here.

3- Windows Live Sync / Photo Mail HTMH email

4- Compression of pictures: Pictures uploaded to Windows Live / FaceBook will be compressed (not in mails thouhh)

5- No HDMI out in chassis specs.

6- Etc…

check the video after the break:

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Developing your first Windows Phone 7 application in a few minutes

Microsoft MVP Shawn Wildermuth has just wrapped up a short video tutorial on how to develop a simple Silverlight Windows Phone 7 application in a few minutes with the use of Visual Studio 2010 Express and Expression Blend 4. Just hit the break link and watch the video and download the source code:

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