Needless to say Iam an iPhone kind of guy. I like it simple, integrated, and flashy looking. But I have to admit, Microsoft have really changed lately. I always looked upon them as business guys, really missing the point of an esthetic and beautiful design – but things have really changed up i Redmond, and I’ve taken a look at the Windows Phone 7 and developed some apps for it.
I still remember when Microsoft was the big buzz, and I really wanted a Windows Phone. To make a long story short, I ended up with Symbian. Four times (and I hated it – slow and terrible looking) And by the time a threw those away, Microsoft still hadn’t really made any changes in Windows Phone. So I ended up with some other lousy phones, until I finally bought an iPhone to replace a Nokia 6700. And since then I’ve been urging to develop software for it. I plan to do it eventually, I just don’t feel like getting my hands to dirty in XCode. Iam sure it’s easy and all, but it sure is a mess. And when I finally had a good look at it, they decided to change the whole GUI again. Needless to say, I really haven’t made me comfortable in it – yet.
But then Microsoft gave us this challenge – create three Windows Phone apps and get a free Windows Phone. And I was all like, free stuff? Hell yeah.
Microsoft claimed from the very start that their tool was super easy, and little or none coding experience was required to get started. I didn’t really believed that, but it was true.
Even though the challenge only was for students – you should take a look at it if you’re looking at getting into mobile developing. It’s a great starting point – and you’ll have an app ready in a matter of hours.
I’ll be back with a review of the Windows Phone 7 as soon as/if I receive a phone.