Microsoft's Joe Belfiore (or "JoeB") took the stage at MIX11 in Las Vegas this morning and showed off some popular new apps on the way for the phone. He also previewed some under-the-hood capabilities coming in the next version of Windows Phone that should open the door to all kinds of creative new apps.
The demos took place during Joe's keynote, catered primarily to programmers interested in both the next release of the Windows Phone operating system (codenamed "Mango"), slated for release later this year and the new version of free app-making tools, which arrive next month.
"Mango will introduce some awesome new features, including multitasking capability, a hardware-accelerated mobile version of Internet Explorer 9, Twitter in the People hub, better support for Office documents in SkyDrive (Microsoft's free cloud-based storage service), and much more. On stage, Joe helped paint an even clearer picture of what's coming in the months ahead."
Joe previewed new apps on the way from Skype, Spotify, Layar, and Qantas Airways. He also talked about some of the capabilities app makers can tap in the next version of WP, which'll offer more access to the phone's camera and built-in sensors like the gyroscope. This should make possible all kinds of creative and cool new "augmented reality" apps.
Joe also noted that May is the month when Xbox's Must Have Games program for WP will launch. The program features six hot new titles for the phone, including Angry Birds, Doodle Jump, Plants vs. Zombies and more. You'll find more details here--or check out the trailer below to get a taste.
Hot new games on the way for Windows Phone:
A talented young digital artist named Brandon Foy decided to make a little homemade commercial for his favorite phone. The result--Brandon's "We Love Windows Phone" video--became a YouTube sensation. As Joe mentions in his keynote, Brandon's video was so good that we asked him to make another. But this time, there's a catch: If enough people watch it--200,000 to be exact--Microsoft'll have it aired nationwide on TV. Check out Brandon's original effort below, and then check out what he came up with next--and help get him on TV.
We Love Windows Phone:
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