What’s Coming to Windows Phone in 2011?

With more that 13,000 applications in their Marketplace Microsoft came out on stage today to make some new announcements about what’s coming to Windows Phone 7. We’ll see a major upgrade on all Windows Phone devices by the end of the year and developers are getting access to a lot of new APIs enabling new application scenarios.

Here is a summary list of the new features.

  • Multitasking – in addition to faster application switching multitasking will allow applications to continue processing in the background.
  • Live Tile Functionality Enhancements
  • Sensor Library Enhancements – You’ll have enhanced access to the sensor library and
      Access to the camera and compass-! Reality augmentation is possible!
    • Sockets – This needs no explanation
    • Database
    • IE9 – with hardware acceleration
    • Silverlight+XNA – you can use Silverlight and XNA in the same application
    • Twitter in the People Hub
    • Background Transfers
    • Profile
    • Silverlight 4 Runtime

    Several new countries are being added to the Marketplace. This brings up the total count from 17 to 35. The new countries are listed below with *.

    • Australia
    • Austria
    • Belgium
    • Brazil*
    • Canada
    • Chile*
    • Columbia*
    • Czech Republic*
    • Denmark*
    • Finland*
    • France
    • Germany
    • Greece*
    • Hong Kong
    • Hungary*
    • India*
    • Ireland
    • Italy
    • Japan*
    • Mexico
    • Netherlands*
    • New Zealand
    • Norway*
    • Poland*
    • Portugal*
    • Russia*
    • Singapore
    • South Africa*
    • South Korea*
    • Spain
    • Sweden*
    • Switzerland
    • Taiwan*
    • UK
    • USA /

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