The skills that you learn in this 1st post will help you throughout the rest of the posts on WP7 Development.

So lets get started.

Before start writing code and understanding WP7 development, lets setup the enviorment for the development. The list of tools and the location from where they can be downloaded is listed below:

Now that you have installed the above softwares, lets see what these tools have to offer.

[highlight]Visual Studio 2010 Express[/highlight]

Visual Studio 2010 Express has its enviorment especially designed for developers. So if you are in the development team then this will be your favourite tool for development in sometime. But if you are a part of designer team this will be secondary tool after expression blend.

[highlight]Expression Blend[highlight]

If you are a designer and have not used Expression Blend before you are going to love this tool as this has got lot of drag and drop design options. Also you can easily create animations, styles, templates, vector graphics, sample data without writing any code. But if have already used Expression Blend, then ido not need to brag about it. ūüôā

 [highlight]Windows Phone Emulator[highlight]

Windows Phone emulator will provide us with Virtual machine that emulates the Windows Phone 7 Operating System and will provide a test enviornment that is almost identical to the runtime of the Windows Phone devices.

[highlight]Also Included in download[highlight]

The following items will also be included in the download:

  • Silverlight 4 SDK
  • .NET Framework 4
  • XNA Game Studio 4

If youhave been in the .Net world then i do not need to say anything about the first two items. But let me tell you that XNA Game Studio framework is an alternate library for building WP7 applications but does not support layout controls and event driven inputs for line of business applications but instead uses input and graphics method useful for more complex games. If you want to learn XNA then follow the link below:


 Below is the list of tutorials on WP7:

Yesterday i finally upgraded my iPhone 3GS to iOS 5 and below are the changes / updates / upgrades is what i saw. I thought it would be good option for anyone to go through the features below before upgrading ūüôā

The products that are compatible with this upgrade are:

  • iPhone 4S
  • iPhone 4
  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPad 2
  • iPad
  • iPod touch (4th generation)
  • iPod touch (3rd generation)

This update will give more than 200 new  features. Most of them are listed below:


  • Notification center gives you the flexibility to see all the notifications in one place. All you have to do is swipe from top of any screen to bottom.
  • New notifications will appear briefly at the top of the screen.
  • You can view notifications from lock screen as well.
  • Also sliding the notification app icon to the right on the lock screen will take you directly to the app.


  • After this upgrade you can send and receive unlimited text, photo and video messages with other iOS 5 users.
  • Message tracking with delivery receipts and read receipts
  • Group messages
  • Secure encryption
  • iMessage will work with both cellular network and Wi-Fi



  • Newsstand automatically organizes magazine and newspaper subscriptions on Home Screen
  • Newsstand displays the cover of the latest issue
  • Newsstand downloads new issues in background.



  • iOS 5 has reminders for managing to do lists
  • Reminders¬†syncs with iCloud, iCal and Outlook
  • Only for iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S¬†reminders has location based reminders when you arrive or leave a location

[highlight]Twitter Built in Support[/highlight]

  • Once you sign in from settings, you can tweet directly from Camera, Photos, Maps, Safari and YouTube
  • You can add location to your tweets.
  • You can also view twitter profile pictures and username in contacts.


[highlight]Camera Improvements[/highlight]

  • Volume up button can be used for taking the picture.
  • There is an option of gridlines to line up shots
  • Pinch to zoom in the preview screen
  • You can swipe to camera roll from preview screen.
  • You can double click on the home button when device is asleep to bring up a camera shortcut on iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch (4th generation)
  • Tap and hold to lock focus and exposure, iPad 2 and iPod touch (4th generation) only support exposure lock


[highlight]Photo Improvements[/highlight]

  • You can crop and rotate photo.
  • Red eye removal.
  • One tap enhance.
  • You can organize photo into albums


[highlight]Mail Improvements[/highlight]

  • You can format text using bold, italic and underline fonts
  • Now you have indentation control.
  • You can just drag to rearrange names in address fields.
  • You can flag messages.
  • You can mass mark messages as flagged, read or unread.
  • You can customize mail alert sounds
  • S/MIME support


  • Year view for iPad and new week view for iPhone and iPod touch.
  • You can tap to create an event.
  • You can view and add event attachments.

[highlight]Game Center Improvements[/highlight]

  • You can now use personal photos for you game center accounts
  • You can compare your overall achievements score with your friends
  • Find new Game Center¬†friends with friend recommendations and friends of friends.
  • You can discover new games with custom game recommendations.

[highlight]AirPlay Mirroring for iPad 2 and iPhone 4GS[/highlight]

[highlight]Multitasking gestures for iPad[/highlight]

  • You use four or five fingers to pinch to home screen.
  • You can swipe to reveal the multitasking bar
  • You can swipe left or right to switch between applications

[highlight]Device setup, activation and configuration with Setup Assistant[/highlight]

[highlight]Software updates available over the  air without tethering[/highlight]

[highlight]iCloud Support[/highlight]

  • iTunes in the Cloud
  • Photo Stream
  • Documents in the Cloud
  • Apps and Books automatic download and purchase history
  • Backup
  • Contacts, Calendar and Mail
  • Find My iPhone

[highlight]Redesigned Music App for iPad[/highlight]

[highlight]Hourly Weather Forecast[/highlight]

[highlight]Real-Time Stock Quotes[/highlight]

[highlight]Wireless sync to iTunes[/highlight]



[highlight]Keyboard improvements[/highlight]

  • Split keyboard for iPad
  • Keyboard now has improved auto-correction accuracy
  • Keyboard is improved for Chinese and Japanese input
  • New Emoji keyboard introduced
  • Personal directory for auto-correction
  • You can now optionally create keyboard shortcuts for frequently used words.

[highlight]Accessibility improvements[/highlight]

  • Option to light LED flash on incoming calls and alerts¬† for iPhone 4S and iPhone 4
  • Custom vibration Patterns for incoming calls on iPhone
  • New interface for using iOS with mobility-impairment input devices
  • Option to spask a selection of text
  • Custom element labeling for VoiceOver.

[highlight]Exchange ActiveSync improvenments[/highlight]

  • You can now Wirelessly sync tasks.
  • iOS now has improved offline support
  • You can also save new contact from a GAL Service.

[highlight]More than 1,500 new developer APIs[/highlight]

[highlight]And of course bug fixes[/highlight]

[highlight]For more information visit[/highlight]

Some of the latest game play shots are available below along with features


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Elder Scrolls 5 Skyrim


Elder Scrolls 5 Skyrim

Elder Scrolls 5 Skyrim

Elder Scrolls 5 Skyrim

Elder Scrolls 5 Skyrim

Elder Scrolls 5 Skyrim

Elder Scrolls 5 Skyrim

Elder Scrolls 5 Skyrim

Elder Scrolls 5 Skyrim

Elder Scrolls 5 Skyrim

Elder Scrolls 5 Skyrim

You can have look the new game features and also pre order it at the official Site.