Thomas Fennel and Windows Phone Mango's Push Notifications and Live Tile Support

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The Windows Phone interface has been designed to make it as easy as possible for users to get to the information they need in the applications they use. In the upcoming release of Windows Phone, codenamed "Mango," there are improvements that will allow developers to provide a richer integration in the home-screen experience.

In today's episode of The Knowledge Chamber, my guest is Thomas Fennel, who is responsible for Push Notifications as well as the Live Tile support that developers will be using on Windows Phone Mango. He provides a quick demo of some of the features that application developers can now access, as well as discussing some of the details that developers need to consider when they set up their apps to use these features.

Here are some links to additional information on the topics discussed in this episode:

  • Windows Phone Development Documentation
    The overall developer documentation on MSDN has been updated to include details on developing applications for "Mango."
  • Push Notifications
    This is a direct link to the section of the documentation that provides details on Push Notification functionality and how to use it in your applications.
  • Tiles for Windows Phone
    This is the section of the online documentation that will help you better understand what Live Tiles are as well as the API that lets your application utilize them.
  • MIX11: Enhanced Phone Notifications and Tiles for Windows Phone
    Last April, Thomas did a presentation at MIX where he talked about Push Notifications and Tiles. You can get more technical details in this nearly hour-long presentation than we could get into our short episode.



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The Discussion

  • User profile image

    Push notification is attracting features but it also ask for more battery consumption. The design should always consider both the frequently update and the battery consumption at the same time.

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    Sally James

    I think this is awesome, Thomas is very good speaker
    and knows his subject.

  • User profile image

    @Jesse_Ahn: Excellent point.  You can learn some of the new things we do to ensure this is the case in my MIX11 talk above.

  • User profile image

    Love these mango vids! If any microsofties are looking for a fun mango project, would love to see a telnet client for wp7 mango showing off both sockets support and the rich text control... Hehe

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    Not too free with Live Tile please. As an user, I like certain things in fixed places, so I don't have to hunt down the clues. You know, like, if file name is not always below the icon in Windows, it is quite hard to use.


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