So I missed blogging about a few bits of Windows Phone and Symbian news I should have got up here much sooner, but I’m doing it now.
Windows Phone Developer Tools for Mango
First, the beta of Windows Phone Developer Tools that includes support for the new features in Mango is available now. You can start developing apps that take advantage of the multitasking system (desribed by My Nokia Blog), deep linking of Live tiles and other features now.
Also noteworthy is the the Windows Phone Marketplace is fast approaching 20,000 apps which is very good for an OS that was only released late last year.
Symbian until 2016
Stephen Elop told Nokia conversations china that Symbian will recieve updates and all the support customers would expect now up until at least 2016. The length of this will suprise some people but must be seen as a good thing for developers using Qt. It also surely means there will be devices launched using the platform until at least 2014, though he didn’t say so.
You can skip over to Nokia Conversations to check out the video and find out what devices he carries and hear about his plans for Nokia in China, but the key quote regarding Symbian is here:
So Windows Phone and Symbian are both hot topics, share with us where we are at with Symbian.
So we are in a period where the investment in Symbian absolutely continues. Even as we go through a transition to our primary smartphone platform, Windows Phone, you will see that continued investment and I know there have been questions about how long does that continue and we’ve now been very clear about that – that software updates to Symbian devices are expected until at least 2016. So there’s a long history still to be paved for Symbian in the future.
So just to be really clear, that commitment means customer services, it means apps, it means services… it means all of the elements that our customers would currently expect.
That is correct.