MIX11 Announcement Rumors

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If the rumors indicated on the main page of this website MIX11 announcements for Windows Phone 7 [Rumors] are to be believed, two big wins are in store for developers and users.

First, the bundling of SQL CE on the device. While this library has apparently been on devices from the start, developers didn't have access to the API to write to it. Now, developers can leverage their development experience and provide applications with back-end databases that can reside on the device rather than in the "cloud". Other solutions did materialize in the vacuum created by Microsoft not having developer access to SQL CE, but there is nothing like being able to use an existing, working and debugged code base for an application.

The potentially bigger win is with Silverlight 4. One of the features that came with that version of Silverlight was the ability for trusted applications to read from and write to the user's MyDocuments, MyMusic, MyPictures and MyVideos folders. In the absence of unlimited access to the WP OS file system, this is the next best thing. Assuming this aspect of Silverlight 4 is enabled for the WP OS, it allows more than one application to use standard file types and in a central location on the device rather than in the "cloud". In other words, files of these types will no longer be held prison to single applications (the isolated storage associated with that app).

Hopefully, these MIX11 announcements will materialize in the form of updated tools that developers will have access to, in advance of the "Mango" release (or whenever these new features become available on user devices). These kind of rumors get me excited again about this platform.

Now if I could just figure out how to move personal computer files that reside in the MyDocuments folders directly to the device without transiting the "cloud" then I'll really be happy!
 

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It could be anything maybe a tablet os preview? something with windows 8.

maybe more on mango or a smaller update before mango?

actually dates for some of these things....

updated spec list for OEM like front facing camera, better back cameras, dual core, 4G etc..

new devices? i doubt it but u never know...

all i know is if they dont announce anything amazing they will sooner or later, MS is cooking up something idk what but its going to catch them up with the composition most likely...
 

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Even better maybe they'll announce a WP7 device on VZW... ahem.. then 6 months later we'll still be waiting :(

I believe it would be good for them to give some timelines on the expected release dates of the next update.. :) It bodes well for consumers looking ahead at contract renewal dates etc...
 

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The camera API access is nice, but what I was excited about was a 3rd party camera app that would have savable camera settings. The only thing is, someone could release a camera app, but if you clicked the phone's shutter button to take a snapshot it would launch the native camera app rather than take a picture. A 3rd party camera app would thus have to use a soft-button like the iPhone does, rendering the awesome dedicated camera button useless. I guess there is no answer to this until MS realizes it was a really stupid design to dump your camera settings on exit.

I am excited about the Live tiles because it seems they could work a lot better/more consistently.
 

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The camera API access is nice, but what I was excited about was a 3rd party camera app that would have savable camera settings. The only thing is, someone could release a camera app, but if you clicked the phone's shutter button to take a snapshot it would launch the native camera app rather than take a picture. A 3rd party camera app would thus have to use a soft-button like the iPhone does, rendering the awesome dedicated camera button useless. I guess there is no answer to this until MS realizes it was a really stupid design to dump your camera settings on exit.

I am excited about the Live tiles because it seems they could work a lot better/more consistently.

Hopefully if they give developers access to the camera API they will also allow the button to be mapped to whatever program you desire.
 

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Hopefully if they give developers access to the camera API they will also allow the button to be mapped to whatever program you desire.

As this is a primary feature of the OS, and a good one, don't expect to see that anytime soon. Nor do I expect Search to open Google or HTC to get their Sense crap any closer than it already is.


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Not much. For me, it's a big yawn. I can see where Microsoft wants to increase their market share. For that, they might need to introduce cheaper models. But for me, I want and will pay for as many features as possible (even some that currently aren't available like dual processors).

The issue I see is with developers and the marketplace. The marketplace would have to indicate more carefully, which hardware features are needed for each application.
 

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Do not want.

Even if you were to offer a version that was less non-essential hardware like WiFi, a compass, and a camera, you'd still have the price of a hi-res display, a 1GHz processor, and RAM. They can remove components but they can't beat the fact that the OS has higher requirements than say, Symbian and in some areas Android. There's also the fact that offering phones which have significantly different hardware moves us closer to Android-style fragmentation.
 

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