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Chapter 1. Introducing Windows Phone

1. Introducing Windows Phone

To some, the cell phone is an annoying necessity; to others, it’s a critical need. Being able to use a phone to make calls everywhere has really changed the way people communicate. In the past few years these phones have taken another leap forward. With the introduction of iPhone and Android devices, the consumer market for an always-connected device that can interact with the Internet, run applications, and make phone calls has changed people’s relationship with their phone. It has also raised the bar for consumer-level devices. Consumers now expect their phones to also function as GPSs, gaming devices, and Internet tablets. For some consumers, their phones are now their primary connections to the Internet, replacing the desktop/laptop computer for the first time. As developers, our challenge is to find the best way to create the experiences the user needs. Windows Phone provides the platform, and Silverlight is the engine to power those experiences.


  

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