Microsoft and Telefonica S.A. announced to create a new possibilities for application development across PC, TV, mobile and beyond, powered by Telefonica's new BlueVia developer platform.
BlueVia SDK for .NET is a set of drag-and-drop controls and templates for Visual Studio 2010 that provides an intuitive development environment for developers. Windows Azure allows developers to host their apps in the cloud and supports multiple developer languages including .NET, Java, PHP, Ruby, and Python.
Apps hosted on Azure can also be published to Windows Phone 7, Windows 7-based PCs, slates and netbooks, IE9, Xbox 360, and other device platforms. Controls for Windows Live enable developers to access key functionality such as user identity and contacts, to allow for the creation of real-time, programmable voice and data communications services that leverage social-networking capabilities.
Select independent software vendors have tested BlueVia SDK for .NET ahead of launch, and apps already created include these:
- Medianet, in partnership with Tweetalondoncab, has developed TAXISTOP, a passenger booking and fleet management app for smartphones using .NET Framework and Azure, and extending functionality to include feature phones by leveraging BlueVia's SMS API while cutting typical development lead times by up to 30%.
- Schakra has developed GoGoStat Connect, an app for managing how different people reach you at different times or in different locations and situations, whether through phone, text, social media or email. GoGoStat Connect is built for WP7, hosted on Azure, and uses SMS from BlueVia to blend social media activity with mobile communications and Web services.
- Cooliris has developed LiveShare, a new, live and hyperpersonal way to communicate within shared groups using media streams on mobile and Web. The LiveShare app is designed to fully leverage the capabilities of WP 7 and Azure within BlueVia SDK for .NET, along with SMS from BlueVia, for unique media-sharing experiences at scale to Telefonica network users worldwide.