Download the lastest version of the Windows Phone SDK and experiment with the FREE tools for Windows Phone. The SDK contains the Windows Phone Emulator and the tools (Visual Studio Express and Expression Blend for Windows Phone).
The Windows Phone User Interface (UI) is based on a design concept named Metro, and echoes the visual language of airport and metro system signage in its design and typeface.
The goal is to create contextual relevance through content - the user's own content - so that using the phone is a personal experience. Metro design interfaces embody harmonious, functional, and attractive visual elements that encourage playful exploration so that the user feels a sense of wonder and excitement. A clear, straightforward design not only makes an application legible, it also encourages usage and can lead to delight.
Introducing the Windows Azure Toolkits for Devices
Cloud services and phone applications are a powerful combination. You can now use the Windows Azure platform as a backend for your next phone application. Windows Azure provides you scalability so you can focus on your application as opposed to the infrastructure.
The process of building mobile applications using Windows Azure is now easier than ever with the Windows Azure Toolkits for Devices. With support for Windows Phone, iOS, and Android, the Windows Azure Toolkit for Devices lets you easily build mobile applications that use Windows Azure cloud services.
Get started now with the Windows Azure Toolkits:
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