Hi UserVoice.. Our partnerships w/ Monogame, Unity, Marmalade, Epic, Cocos, ANGLE, and many other middleware/frameworks providers is where we are focused on gaming.. I would not expect an update to XNA.
@Ariel, bob is right that you will need to tweak the template. With Blend this will be straight forward. I am guessing the brush you are looking for in the template is ToggleSwitchThumbBackgroundThemeBrush .. I recommend you alter the template and replace it (instead of altering the brush).. but either will work, just make sure you do it within the scope that only alters your controls (with this brush it might be safe since it is very specific to toggleswitch
Daniel Dacey, thanks for the feedback.. I have passed it along.. we are definitely working on some of the items you are mentioning ... The platform definitely has a lot great features so I would advise not to discount it for the short term.. You can write some great apps in this release.. there is lots of them in the sore already...
IDWMaster, sockets support has not been announced/committed. It is a very common ask, so I am sure it will be prioritized highly.. Unfortunately we are just getting done with the current release and have not completed planning for the next releases, so
nothing to announce at this point..
I am going to have to go with "None of the above" .. Pivot and Pano will come first. Microsoft has announced these will be in core platform by RTM (but afaik we have not share the timeline for RTM)..
As I mentioned below, not all controls have been committed yet. We know from customers what to tackle for next round (and I hinted of them) and my best guess is that your "4 weeks" is still earlier than we are planning .. We have to get these controls to
a good enough quality before we share them.
Sorry I can't share more specific details. The Windows Phone team will announce timelines as soon as they can. I will try to nag them about it often..