Get a taste of how Windows 8 Tablet applications will look like

Fandango has developed a really awesome Sliverlight out-of-browser application for Windows 7 slates/Tablets that gives us an early look at what the future Windows 8 tablet applications will look and feel. One the application is installed you will be able to pin it to your taskbar as if it was a regular app and quickly access it when look for movie tickets, trailers and, info -only in the US so if you are not in NA just enter any US location during the setup process to try it out).The Fandango touch app has a Metro like UI so any Windows Phone 7 user should feel at home when using it (it’s has essentially the same design as the WP7 Fandango application). It also feature a really slick integration of the Bing Maps control and built in media player (yes it works with the mouse to if you don’t have a touche-enabled Win7 PC).Check out some screenshots after the break

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In-depth look at Multi-Tasking on Windows Phone Mango

Channel 9 just posted an in-depth look at the new Multi-Tasking and fast application switching on Windows Phone 7 Mango. The video is 22 minutes long and shows Microsoft’s Peter Torr talking about theses new features and demonstrating them live on the HTC Mazaa developer handsets (Video after the break):

annotation courtesy of George_Curelet_Balan:
- 2:30 why multi-tasking support took so long? It impacts battery life & user experience.
- 4:13 why multitasking is hard on phone?
- 5:44 higher bar requirement for user experience on the phone
- 6:00 fast switching requires rebuilding app for Mango
- 7:20 difference between WP7 & Mango
- 9:00 how app runs in the background? no GUI, 6Mb memory, cannot run 100% CPU for more than 25s
- 9:54 resources taken by the twitter demoed app
- 10:33 XNA doesn’t support background agents,has a diff mechanism to play media (doesn’t support random sound effects)
- 12:11 granularity of control the developer & user have on background tasks
- 12:30 background transfers, alarms and reminders are handled by sys
- 12:50 audio agents run all the time
- 13:15 flavours of generic background agents
1. periodic agents
2. resource intensive agents (run in night stand mode)
run in round robin fashion every 10 min (e.g. for data syncing)
- 14:55 demo of background agent management; app cannot turn on its agent on if user doesn’t want it
- 17:40 location aware feature
- 18:00 battery draining issue

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