Microsoft details Silverlight API improvements in Windows Phone 7.1

By Tom Warren, on 24th May 11 10:02 am with 7 Comments

Microsoft has detailed several Silverlight API improvements in Windows Phone 7.1.

The software giant published a number of MSDN documents on Tuesday detailing developer improvements for what it calls Windows Phone 7.1. The company is due to unveil its consumer features of Windows Phone “Mango” later today. Microsoft’s MSDN documents are said to be placeholder naming for Windows Phone “Mango” as the company has yet to confirm or unveil its final branding for the update.

Speaking at Microsoft’s Developer Forum 2011 on Monday, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer promised that the company’s next update, codenamed Mango, will include over 500 new features. Microsoft is holding a VIP Windows Phone Mango event later today. The software giant is also expected to unveil new developer tools for Windows Phone applications. Microsoft is currently hard at work on “Mango”, its next major release of Windows Phone. Microsoft has promised to ship “Mango” later in the year. “Mango” is currently in the early beta stages at Microsoft, built as 7.1 currently. The company revealed a number of new features in February that will ship as part of its Windows Phone point release later this year. Nokia is also reportedly waiting for the next release of Windows Phone before it unveils its first Windows Phone device.

For a full feature list and video demos, please check out our overview of Windows Phone Mango here.

  • GP007

    SO wait, they’re calling it 7.1 inside MS but when it’s final they’re going to market it as 7.5?

    • http://twitter.com/NorrathReaver Shane Nokes

      Where did you gleam that piece of data from. All the article has said is, “Microsoft’s MSDN documents are said to be placeholder naming for Windows
      Phone “Mango” as the company has yet to confirm or unveil its final
      branding for the update.”

  • GP007

    I’m remembering back in April when this came up, and people compared it to the Win7 being v6.1 stuff. 

  • Guest

    Camera API is there, but where are the Compass and gyroscope API ?

    • Guest

      The gyroscope is built into the motion sensor API.  That way the phone would use the acelerometer if the gyro isn’t available so your app will work even if the customer doesn’t have a gyro in their phone.

  • Anonymous

    Yay for:

    System.Security.Cryptography namespace: – Encryption!System.Windows.Media namespace: – “Augmented Reality Apps”System.Net.Sockets namespace: – Socket Support!Great stuff!  Wonder if cryptography will get a firmware update on hardware to allow encrypted devices upon boot

    • Test1ngi23

      It’s finally on par with Android and iPhone! Yay!