Windows Phone Developer Update Coming in May – Multitasking Support Included

At MIX11 this year, Microsoft took the stage and announced that the next version of Windows Phone is coming. To add to that, Microsoft also commented that developers will be able to download it free in May this year.

Several new features are being added to the update such as multitasking with background processing, fast app switching, audio and file transfer as well as deeper integration with apps in to the operating system.

The new update will also allow developers to have deeper access to the sensors on the device so that the gyro and compass will be available. Access to these will come through the Motion Sensor library.

What was also on show at the event were new apps from Spotify, Layar and Skype to name a few which all can work more easily on the new version of the software.

“The next release of Windows Phone represents the evolution of our strategy for ensuring that developers are at the forefront of ‘what’s next’ by investing in even richer customer experiences, a powerful application platform and a thriving ecosystem,” said Joe Belfiore, corporate vice president, Windows Phone Program Management. “We will soon deliver a new set of Windows Phone Developer Tools that will enable developers to create a new generation of apps that are even faster, more capable and better integrated with Windows Phone.”

If you are one of the 38,000 registered developers, the new tools will be made available next month for you. Full press release can be found at Engadget.

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