Whatsapp for Windows Phone 7 in the works ?


The super successful Whatsapp cross platform messenger may be coming to Windows Phone 7 sooner rather than later if the developers latest tweet is an indication. Nothing else to say here folks just a quick heads up but it’s once again nice to see that Windows Phone is getting most of the major applications out on the other platforms thanks to Mango and its updated features list and APIs. An app like Whatsapp would have been a pain to code and even probably impossible to code for Windows Phone because of the original lack of TCP/IP socket support.

UPDATE: It’s confirmed by a teaser image now:

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NVIDIA launches Windows 8 developer program

As I noted yesterday; NVIDIA, alongside other hardware manufacturers, is heavily involved in the development of Windows 8 and to prove this the company has just launched its own Windows 8 developer program to help developers by proving tools and and resources for building ARM and X86 applications. You can expect Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, Intel and AMD to launch similar developer programs in the coming weeks.Remember that you will be able to start downloading the developer preview of Windows 8 tonight at around 8PM PT. Full press release after the break:

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Windows Phone 7 applications and games show up in the Windows 8 store

Here’s something interesting that just popped up during the Build Keynote and sort of confirms what we have been recently hearing: Windows Phone 7 applications may be compatible with Windows 8 (and here). As you can see in the screenshot above several Windows Phone 7 Xbox Live games are listed in the games section: Tentacles, Parachute Panic, Geo Defense etc… It is still not know if this is really going to be the case or if only a simple recompile will get WP7 apps and games to run Windows 8.

Edit: An on stage demo just showed how easy it is to develop the same app on Windows 8 and Windows Phone:

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Windows 8 Developer Preview launching today

Microsoft has just announced that the first developer preview of Windows 8 will be made available later today at 8PM PT:

You probably want to try out the preview release—and you can. Starting at 8PM today, Seattle time, you can download all of the code that attendees at BUILD received. This includes 32 or 64 bit x86 builds, with or without development tools. The releases also include a suite of sample/SDK applications and the SDK (please note these are merely illustrations of potential apps, not apps that we intend to ship with Windows 8). The ISOs are linked to from http://dev.windows.com. You download with a Windows Live ID (which you might want to use to test out some of the new roaming features).

Remember that this can be installed on virtually any PC released in the last 5/6 years. But if you really wish to start developing for Windows 8 and want to experience it the right way then it’s time to pre-order the Samsung Slate PC Series 7 today (see it running Windows 8 here). Microsoft has also release to PDF documents describing the current state of the OS and the Developer preview build:

UPDATE: You can now download the Windows 8 Developer Preview directly from here.

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Microsoft’s first Windows 8 tablet from Samsung

Microsoft is expected to give away a Samsung slate tablet to all registered developers attending the Build conference in LA today. From the looks of it the device is either the recently unveiled Samsung Slate PC Series 7 (powered by an X86 intel i5) or a ARM version of it powered by NVIDIA Kel-El quad-core CortexA9 SoC. In either cases we will know more about it in the coming hours. For more Windows 8 info check out my recent post about the Windows Phone 8 convergence and for more about NVIDIA’s future SoC and mobile plans don’t forget to listen to Jen Hsun keynotes.


UPDATE
:there’s now an unboxing video of it in action after the break. The device seems to be the Samsung Slate PC Series 7 (there’s the Intel Logo on the box) loaded with a developer preview of Windows 8 (Edit: Videos are now set to private.They should be back up in less than 2 hours once the Build Keynote starts).

UPDATE: Watch the device in live action during Build Keynote after the break:

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