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Free Training: 12hr of training video on Windows Phone 7 Jump Start

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There are 12 sessions in total, each about :50 minutes in length. Think of this as a semester's worth of class time to help you in your quest to be an awesome Windows Phone 7 developer. It's self-paced, and both Rob and Andy are pretty approachable. Head on over to their blogs if you want to get more plugged into what they are doing.
Here are the sessions, and a link to their course material.  UPDATED: Here's a link to the Zune subscription link.  Also a link to the iTunes subscription.

Windows Phone 7 Jump Start (Session 1 of 12): Introduction
A quick tour of Windows Phone 7 and how you write programs for it. We take a look at the platform capabilities and the software development options. We also offer you a chance to win a prize that is almost certainly not a private jet.

Windows Phone 7 Jump Start (Session 2 of 12): Building a Silverlight Application, Part 1
Building an application from scratch. How you can take a simple idea for a program and build the user interface, followed by the program behaviors that sit behind it. We take a look at databinding on Windows Phone and how best to structure your application to make best use of it.

Windows Phone 7 Jump Start (Session 3 of 12): Building a Silverlight Application, Part 2
Making more complex applications. You also get an overview of how the built in controls work, and how to tailor the user input to match your requirements. We also take a look at page navigation within a multi-form Silverlight application on the phone and how to use the navigation inputs for best effect.

Windows Phone 7 Jump Start (Session 4 of 12): Building Games for the Windows Phone 7 Platform
Using Silverlight as a platform for game creation. We show how to get a draw/update behavior into your Silverlight games and give you a fully worked game to chew on. We also illustrate how a Silverlight game can leverage the XNA libraries to add sound effects to a game.

Windows Phone 7 Jump Start (Session 5 of 12): Building XNA Games for the Windows Phone 7 Platform, Part 1
Getting Started with  XNA on Windows Phone. We talk about what makes the Windows Phone such a good platform for XNA development and how you create XNA games for it. We take a look at how games can manage the orientation of a phone and give you some tips on getting the best performance. Then we move on to take a look at the accelerometer input and how to make games that use this.

Windows Phone 7 Jump Start (Session 6 of 12): Building XNA Games for the Windows Phone 7 Platform, Part 2
Using the Windows Phone platform features in your XNA games. We continue with our look at Windows Phone features that make the platform so interesting to game developers. We cover the use of the touch screen, sound creation and finally give you some coverage of how to access the Zune media content in the device. Then we round off with a little look at how you can get text input from users by means of the Guide support in XNA.

Windows Phone 7 Jump Start (Session 7 of 12): Advanced Application Development, Part 1
Application Lifecycle. A look at the execution model on the phone, and how to create solutions that give a great user experience in the face of phone calls, termination and even total shutdown of the device itself. We show how to respond to messages to make your application give the appearance of being "always on" and the data persistence facilities that you will need to make this work.

Windows Phone 7 Jump Start (Session 8 of 12): Advanced Application Development, Part 2
Launchers and Choosers plus Using Isolated Storage. In this session we take a look at "Launchers and Choosers", how your application can use the built in phone behaviors to place calls, take pictures and select contacts, making it part of how the phone works. We also show how your application can store data in its own isolated storage on the phone device.

Windows Phone 7 Jump Start (Session 9 of 12): Advanced Application Development, Part 3
Storing Data and Using the Network. In this session we look at the connectedness of Windows Phone and how you can make this work for you. We demonstrate connected applications and how the notification service is used to allow external systems to give your application a wake-up call.

Windows Phone 7 Jump Start (Session 10 of 12): Marketing Your Windows Phone 7 Application
Using Windows Marketplace. In this session we explain how to join the Marketplace and get your applications out there. We take a look at how your solutions are packaged and deployed and how you go about registering a device for development and then using that with Visual Studio 2010 to test your applications.

Windows Phone 7 Jump Start (Session 11 of 12): Working with Media
Using XNA in 3D and with Media. In this session we take a quick look at how the Windows Phone works as an excellent platform for 3D games in XNA. We also explore how an XNA game can make use of the media stored in the phone, including photographs taken by the user and media loaded onto it from Zune.

Windows Phone 7 Jump Start (Session 12 of 12): Final Silverlight Topics and Wrap-Up
Taking Silverlight to the max. We start with a look at the Application bar, a crucial component in Windows Phone applications. We then move on to the Expression Blend tool, and how to create compelling user experiences with it. Finally we round off the session by showing how easy it is to use the map services in your phone and demonstrate some of the really cool navigation tools that are coming.

Sample code for the Windows Phone 7

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Please find below a list of links to sample code, found freely on the web that are relevant to Windows Phone 7. This list also includes samples that are generic to Silverlight or XNA but can apply to the Phone owing to shared technology.

Accelerometer; Simulating accelerometer data in the Windows Phone 7 Emulator
http://blogs.silverarcade.com/silverlight-games-101/27/silverlight-simulating-accelerometer-data-in-the-windows-phone-7-emulator/ 

Animation; Ptorr Slides, Video and Code (Page Turn animation etc.)
http://blogs.msdn.com/ptorr/archive/2010/03/18/slides-video-and-code.aspx 

Audio; Audio Recording in WP7
http://mobileworld.appamundi.com/blogs/peterfoot/archive/2010/03/26/audio-recording-in-wp7.aspx 

Comms; Accessing WCF Data Services from WP7 CTP
http://blogs.msdn.com/priozersk/archive/2010/03/19/accessing-wcf-data-services-from-wp7-ctp.aspx 

Comms; Calling Web Services with Silverlight 2 (general example)
http://timheuer.com/blog/archive/2008/03/14/calling-web-services-with-silverlight-2.aspx 

DB; Siaqodb on WindowsPhone7 (a local object database)
http://siaqodb.com/?p=202 

External; Sample image encoders, decoders (png, gif, bmp)
http://blogs.msdn.com/jstegman/archive/2008/10/30/updated-source-for-image-samples.aspx

Foursquare; Foursquare for Windows Phone 7
http://4square.codeplex.com/ 

Games; Physics Games in Silverlight on Windows Phone 7
http://www.andybeaulieu.com/Home/tabid/67/EntryID/194/Default.aspx 

General; Africangeek.com: A collection of WP7 samples (navigate, WCF, Blend)
http://www.africangeek.com/ 

General; MSDN; Code Samples for Windows Phone
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff431744(VS.92).aspx 

General; Silverlight Toolkit
http://silverlight.codeplex.com/releases/view/36060#DownloadId=93513

Geo; Simulate Geo Location
http://timheuer.com/blog/ 

Graphics; Free icons (Archetype)
http://archetype-inc.com/yard/fundamentals/icons/ 

Graphics; Icons for Windows Phone 7
http://www.wp7series.net/blog.asp 

Graphics; MSDN: Application Bar Icons for Windows Phone 7 Series
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=369b20f7-9d30-4cff-8a1b-f80901b2da93&displaylang=en 

InkPresenter; Silverlight for Mobile on Windows Phone 7 InkPresenter fun
http://www.nickharris.net/2010/03/silverlight-for-mobile-on-windows-phone-7-inkpresenter-fun 

LINQ; Creating LINQ Data Provider for WP7 (Part 1)
http://blogs.msdn.com/priozersk/archive/2010/04/14/creating-linq-data-provider-for-wp7-part-1.aspx 

LINQ; Reactive Framework (Rx) Wiki Samples
http://rxwiki.wikidot.com/101samples 

Manipulation; Blog;WPF Manipulation Basics
http://blogs.msdn.com/llobo/archive/2009/12/21/wpf-manipulation-basics.aspx

Manipulation; Simple Gesture Sample
http://blogs.msdn.com/ptorr/archive/2010/03/23/simple-gesture-sample.aspx 

Manipulation; Simulating Multitouch on the Windows Phone 7 Emulator
http://jonas.follesoe.no/SimulatingMultitouchOnTheWindowsPhone7Emulator.aspx 

Map; Sample: Using the Bing Maps Silverlight control on the Windows Phone 7
http://silverlighthack.com/post/2010/03/21/Using-the-Silverlight-Bing-Maps-control-on-the-Windows-Phone-7.aspx 

Misc; Coding4Fun: Windows Phone Cannon
http://blogs.msdn.com/coding4fun/archive/2010/03/16/9979874.aspx

MVVM; Galasoft MVVM LightToolkit
http://www.galasoft.ch/mvvm/getstarted/ 

ODATA; Developing a Windows Phone 7 Application that Consumes ODATA
http://blogs.msdn.com/phaniraj/archive/2010/03/19/developing-a-windows-phone-7-application-that-consumes-odata.aspx 

ODATA; Odata Client Library for WP7
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=b251b247-70ca-4887-bab6-dccdec192f8d&displaylang=en

Orientation; Strategies for Dealing with Orientation Changes
http://blogs.msdn.com/ptorr/archive/2010/03/27/strategies-for-dealing-with-orientation-changes.aspx 

Panorama; Building the Elusive Windows Phone Panorama Control
http://blogs.claritycon.com/blogs/design/archive/2010/03/30/building-the-elusive-windows-phone-panorama-control.aspx 

Panorama; Panoramic Navigation on WP7 (gestures Multitouch)
http://aimeegurl.com/2010/03/18/panoramic-navigation-on-windows-phone-7-with-no-code/ 

Panorama; Windows Phone 7 Panorama Control sample
http://blogs.msdn.com/stephanc/archive/2010/04/04/windows-phone-7-panorama-control-sample.aspx 

Push; MSDN; Developing an Application for Push Notifications
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff402552(VS.92).aspx 

RSS; Windows Phone 7 Series RSS reader
http://www.silverlightshow.net/items/Windows-Phone-7-Series-RSS-Feed-app.aspx 

Silverlight; Silverlight Documentation Samples
http://samples.msdn.microsoft.com/Silverlight/SampleBrowser/index.htm#/

Silverlight; Silverlight Toolkit (Silverlight 2)
http://silverlight.net/content/samples/sl2/toolkitcontrolsamples/run/default.html 

Silverlight; Silverlight Toolkit (Silverlight 3 extended controls)
http://silverlight.net/content/samples/sl3/toolkitcontrolsamples/run/default.html 

Tilt; Sample: Tilt Effect for Windows Phone Controls
http://blogs.msdn.com/ptorr/archive/2010/03/23/tilt-effect-for-windows-phone-controls.aspx 

Twitter; Sample: Building a Windows Phone 7 Twitter Application using Silverlight
http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/archive/2010/03/18/building-a-windows-phone-7-twitter-application-using-silverlight.aspx 

WebSite; MSDN; Designing Web Sites for Phone Browsers
http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9713253 

WPF; WPF Samples
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms771633.aspx 

WrapPanel; Sample: Silverlight Toolkit and the Windows Phone: WrapPanel, and a few others
http://www.jeff.wilcox.name/2010/03/toolkit-and-the-windows-phone/ 

WriteableBitmap; Render XNA content into Silverlight Writeable Bitmap
http://www.uta.fi/~tp79800/Silverlight/WindowsPhoneApplicationXNA.zip 

XNA; Space Rocks game (step 7)
http://blogs.silverarcade.com/silverlight-games-101/30/silverlight-space-rocks-game-step-7-moving-the-ship/


Thanks to
Mark Chamberlain, Sr. Escalation Engineer, Microsoft Developer Support
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EBook: Programming Windows Phone 7 by Charles Petzold (Second Draft)

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Charles Petzold, well known technical writer on the Windows Platform has made the second draft preview of his book,  Programming Windows Phone 7, available to download from his website.

Book contents basics on development in XNA & Silverlight on Windows Phone 7 and basic game development.

Download:


Windows 8 Concept Video

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Windwos 8 is the next generation Operating system by Microsoft to give the PC users ultimate computer experience.
This is exclusive video of windows 8.This is not actual video of the OS.This is a concept video.But i am sure you can love it.


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Worlds Se7en Series

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is this only my feeling or everyone think this se7en number become so popular version for most of products.

Windows 7
Windows Phone 7 Series
Windows Embedded Compact 7 aka WinCE7

BMW 7 Series
IBM Power7

and more, cant remember them.
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Windows Embedded Compact 7 announced at Computex

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TAIPEI, Taiwan — June 1, 2010 — During a keynote address tomorrow at COMPUTEX TAIPEI, Steve Guggenheimer, corporate vice president of the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Division at Microsoft Corp., unveil the public community technology preview (CTP) for Windows Embedded Compact 7, which is next WinCE7 the next generation of Microsoft’s widely used Windows Embedded Compact platform for hardware manufacturers of specialized devices.


Highlights from Guggenheimer’s keynote — including demos, video excerpts and a transcript — and more detailed information on Windows Embedded Compact 7 will be available by visiting the Windows Embedded Newsroom at http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/presskits/embedded/default.aspx

See rich features of WEC7 http://www.microsoft.com/windowsembedded/en-us/products/windowsce/compact7.mspx

Follow MSFT twitt for update http://twitter.com/MSFTWEB

The Windows Embedded Compact 7 CTP is available now for developers at http://www.windowsembedded.com/compact7. The platform is expected to be released to manufacturing in the fourth quarter of this year.

Windows Mobile: Working with FakeGPS

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What is FakeGPS

Microsoft has introduced a new tool named FakeGPS for Windows Mobile application developers and testers. Testing GPS application was difficult in earlier mobile SDK versions as a GPS receiver doesn't work within closed walls, also the Emulators didn't have any GPS simulated testing tool built in. Using FakeGPS, developers and testers can now easily simulate satellite based global positioning system data and use that for testing their GPS applications. FakeGPS comes with Microsoft Windows Mobile SDK v6.0 and DTK version 6.3.5; after the SDK installation FakeGPS.cab is copied into C:\Program Files\Windows Mobile 6.5.3 DTK\Tools\GPS folder. FakeGPS creates a text file containing all the GPS data and simulates the functionality of a GPS receiver. In this article I will demonstrate how to use the FakeGPS tool to test your GPS application.

More detail @ http://www.codeguru.com/cpp/misc/misc/article.php/c17279/

Downloads

Project : http://fakegpshelper.codeplex.com/
Sourcecode : GPSApplication-source code.zip
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Wallpaper : I Love Windows Phone

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I Love Windows Phone 1366x768

Windows Phone 7

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Windows Phone 7 Series: Everything Is Different Now

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In Barcelona, Microsoft is publicly previewing Windows Phone 7 for the first time. The brand new, totally fresh operating system will appear in phones this year, but not until the holidays

More about Windows Phone 7

Link


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Get a Second Shot - Free Exam Retake Offer

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Take a Second Shot at certification if you do not pass on your first try.

Take advantage of our Second Shot offer and get a free retake if you do not pass an IT professional or developer Microsoft Certification exam the first time. You must take both the first and (if necessary) the retake exam before June 30, 2010.

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Note Only one Second Shot voucher is available per purchased exam.

How to use your Second Shot voucher

Note You must wait one day after taking your initial exam before you can register for a retake exam.

Where to find more information about this offer
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