Today at MIX10, Microsoft gave us a better idea of what we can expect from the app platform for the Windows Phone 7 series. Silverlight and the XNA Framework are being combined for game development, which seems to be the primary function of this app platform. Microsoft is going after mobile gaming whole hog.
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Microsoft Location Service will allow developers to find a single point of reference for location-based apps, while the Microsoft Notification Service allows it to push info to the phone even if the app isn't running. There will be hardware-accelerated video (yay!) and DRM (boo!). Multitouch will be available.
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Microsoft also announced the launch of a free tool package for developers. It includes Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Express, the Windows Phone 7 Series add-in for VS 2010, and XNA Game Studio 4.0. It packs a Windows Phone 7 Series emulator and the Expression Blend for Windows Phone Community technology preview.