One thing I'm wondering about is whether I need to provide some basic information about Windows Phone development--perhaps just a chapter--in my next book, Windows Phone Secrets. Well, now Microsoft is offering an online course in Windows Phone 7 Series software development, complete with courses in both Silverlight and XNA Framework 4.0.

Windows Phone 7 Series promises to be an amazing mobile phone operating system given its innovative user interface and functionality, as well as its great development platform upon which you can quickly and easily build games and applications. With a myriad of new devices, a powerful and immersive software platform, and a new marketplace to attract developers and provide easy access to applications, consumer demand for Windows Phones will be high, and developers will quickly adopt the Windows Phone platform to capitalize on this growing mobile marketplace. This Training Kit will give you a jumpstart into the new Windows Phone world by providing you with a step-by-step explanation of the tools to use and some key concepts for programming Windows Phones.

Audience Prerequisites:
This training kit is geared for beginners who want to get started with developing applications for the latest Windows Phone operating system. Even if you don’t know Silverlight or XNA Framework, you’ll find this Training Kit useful. More seasoned Silverlight developers should also find this kit useful, as it explains some of the differences between Silverlight and Silverlight for the phone.

Units in this course

Getting Started with Windows Phone

Windows Phone development platform supports both XNA Framework and Silverlight. This unit takes you through the step-by-step creation of your first Windows Phone Silverlight application.

Silverlight for Windows Phone

While Silverlight runs on the phone, there are some differences between Silverlight and Silverlight for the Windows Phone, not to mention some new controls and concepts. This unit focuses on all the new Silverlight controls, concepts, and tools for Windows Phones.

XNA Framework 4.0 for Windows Phones

XNA Game Studio 4.0 supports multiple platforms, including XBox 360, several Windows OS versions, and the latest addition, Windows Phone. While this unit doesn't offer a complete XNA Framework tutorial, it does introduce you to the basics of programming XNA Framework games with XNA Game Studio for Windows Phone.

Click here to download the Windows 7 Series Developer Training Kit.