Windows Phone 7 Developer Plans Emerge at MIX10

The Microsoft (s msft) MIX10 developer event is currently underway in Las Vegas, and details are starting to appear about the company’s plans to help developers get cracking with Windows Phone 7. Microsoft has stated that Silverlight will play a big role in Windows Phone 7 apps. Developers will be building apps and games with Silverlight in combination with the XNA Framework for Windows Phone 7 Series.
To enable developers, Microsoft is making a free Silverlight developer’s package available for download. A preview of the new Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone is included in the download. Microsoft is also rolling out the Windows Phone Marketplace, and will provide details at the MIX10 conference this week. Apps will be available to customers directly on Windows Phone 7 handsets, and developers will keep 70% of revenue generated through app sales.
A release candidate (RC) of Silverlight 4 will be unveiled this week to provide a more robust environment for Windows Phone 7 apps. Microsoft will also offer Expression Blend 4 Beta, a development environment for Windows Phone 7 designed to provide a streamlined production environment for app building.
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