Microsoft Confirms That Existing Apps Will Work On Windows Phone 8

Windows Phone 8 is expected to be a pretty colossal update — so colossal, in fact, that some phone manufacturers are waiting until its release later this year before making serious flagship devices — however, there were two big questions surrounding its release. Will it work on older hardware, and will existing apps continue to work on the platform? While we still don’t know the answer to the first question, the latter was addressed by Microsoft in a blog post on Thursday. Yes, the rumors are true; existing apps will continue to work on Windows Phone 8.

On top of announcing this, the blog post also hinted at the demise of Silverlight as a development technology on Windows Phone. Microsoft’s Larry Lieberman, who penned the post, addressed the topic of Silverlight concerns by suggesting other great technologies to use when developing for Windows Phone:

We’ve also heard some developers express concern about the long term future of Silverlight for Windows Phone. Please don’t panic; XAML and C#/VB.NET development in Windows 8 can be viewed as a direct evolution from today’s Silverlight. All of your managed programming skills are transferable to building applications for Windows 8, and in many cases, much of your code will be transferable as well.

Definitely good news.

Silverlight 5 Brings Hardware Decoding of H.264 Videos and Improved 3D Support

Microsoft has recently announced Silverlight version 5. Silverlight has come a long way since 2007, when it was released for the first time and was presented yet another layer on top of the web, like Flash. Flash has always attracted negative sentiments, and in competing with Flash, Silverlight too has shared some of that negativity. However, Silverlight has never been aggressive about promoting itself, this might be the last version of Silverlight.

Silverlight 5 was announced on the  MSDN Silverlight blog.

Today, we’re happy to announce the release of Silverlight 5. Silverlight is part of a rich offering of technologies from Microsoft helping developers deliver applications for the web, desktop and mobile devices.  Download Silverlight 5, a free plug-in less than 7 MB in size that can be installed in less than 10 seconds.

Silverlight 5 will allow hardware H.264 decoding, adapting it better for video content. It also sports an improved graphics stack with 3D support, using the  XNA API.  This makes Silverlight 5 a more mature and capable platform for developing rich internet application.

However, the big changes in Silverlight 5 are probably the P/Invoke (platform invocation) support for native code, (allowing developers to call dll files) and a “Trusted Applicationfeature, which allows the application to move out of the Silverlight plugin sandbox.

Silverlight 5 will make more sense for development on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 7 apps, and Microsoft already has that in mind. You can  download Silverlight 5  at this page.

You might also be interested in Moonlight, an open-source alternative to Silverlight.

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eMudhra Launches Money Managment Tool “MyMoney” In Association With Microsoft

eMudhra has launched a one of it’s kind personal finance management tool “eMudhra MyMoney” in India. MyMoney helps consumers to make informed decisions based on one’s financial activities without a need for sharing any confidential information such as username and password of consumer’s bank accounts unlike other personal finance tools out there. MyMoney uses Microsoft Silverlight to provide a rich user experience.

MyMoney’s has a gaming environment which makes tracking finances fun, fast and friendly, no more boring graphs and charts. Here are few salient features of the tool:

  • Helps user track money without asking for personally Identifiable Information.
  • Life Style management tools enable users make informed financial decisions.
  • Helps users to understand their net-worth anytime/ anywhere and provides users with regular tips.
  • Allows users to track their finances offline and helps users achieve financial discipline by helping users budget their spending and alerts them to take corrective action for all over budget spends.

According to Mr. Ravi Jaggannathan (MD & CEO, eMudhra) when it comes to consumer technology, the user experience matters a lot. He also says that Microsoft Silverlight has helped them deliver a rich, intuitive and secured environment to users. Well what I think is by using Silverlight to base a web app simply cuts off one segment of users who are on platforms that do not have official Microsoft Silverlight support!

Download Microsoft Silverlight Beta For Symbian Phone

Earlier today Microsoft and Nokia announced the availability of the Silverlight application for Symbian based phones. Silverlight is cross-browser, cross-platform implementation of the .NET Framework for building media experiences and rich interactive applications for the Web on desktop computers.

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With the beta release of Silverlight for Symbian, users who have phones running on the Nokia Symbian^1 (S60 5th Edition) platform (Nokia 5800, Nokia N97 and Nokia N97 Mini) will be able to run rich media applications on their mobile phones.

Users can run Silverlight applications from Bing and Seesmic which are created using Silverlight and also choose from other available Silverlight applications.

Silverlight for Symbian^1 is currently in beta and can be downloaded from Nokia Labs.

GMT Watch: World Time Zone Customizable Clocks

GMT Watch is a Microsoft Silverlight based website for customizable clocks. You may set any World Time Zone(WTZ) with current or specific time considering countries operating Daylight Savings Time(DST). All clocks are linked and time changes to one apply immediately to others.

To change the time, click on the digital format of the clock and adjust the time accordingly. You to choose the background color of the clock between blue, pink and black.

It needs Microsoft Silverlight installed to work properly.

Key Features:

  • Web based world time zone customizable clocks
  • Options to adjust the Daylight Savings Time(DST), background color of the clocks.
  • View the time in both analog and digital formats.
  • No registration or email required.