Windows Phone 7.5 Integration Features

The course explores the powerful integration features of Windows Phone 7.5, which let our applications blend right into the phone's incredible native experience
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Aug 1, 2011
Duration
2h 11m
Table of contents
Description
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Aug 1, 2011
Duration
2h 11m
Description

In this course, we explore the powerful integration features of Windows Phone 7.5, which let our applications blend right into the phone's incredible native experience. Specifically, we take a deep dive into the hot new live tiles, we explore Push Notifications and the way they can greatly enhance both our application's usefulness and attractiveness, and we look at how we can significantly improve our app's discoverability by leveraging the phone's search integration features using AppConnect and Bing Search.

About the author
About the author

Yacine has been involved in the development of database-driven, n-tier web applications for over 10 years. Over time he has taken on various roles, including development, project management, offshore platform management and technical consulting. He has helped build a few solutions for Microsoft North Africa.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Live tiles
Welcome to this course on Windows Phone Integration. In this course, we'll explore Windows Phone's mechanisms that allows to better integrate our applications with a native phone experience. Specifically, we'll be looking at live tiles, one of the cool features in Windows Phone, along with the new deep link capabilities that they bring to the table. In the next modules, we'll explore the phone's enhanced push notification system and the way that it interacts with live tiles, as well as another important integration feature, which allows us to integrate our application closely, with the Bing search functionality on the phone, thus making our application much more discoverable to phone users. In this talk, we'll explore live tiles and the way that we manipulate them. We'll begin with an overview of what live tiles are, the different sorts of tiles, and their function and properties, and while we're there, we'll briefly mention certain key design aspects of tiles. Next, we'll dive into the crux of the matter, the ShellTile API that lets us programmatically control when and how our application's tiles get created, displayed, and updated. And in the third part of the talk, we'll discuss the tile scheduling API, and we'll point out some of the limitations of that API, as well as some available alternatives, such as background agents.

AppConnect search integration
Hi, and welcome to this third module on Windows Phone Integration features. In this talk, we discuss the AppConnect feature that lets us integrate where the phone's search functionality. We'll first examine the way that Bing search works on the phone, and we'll look at the special search results that our applications can take advantage of. We'll then explore how to register our application with the phone's search feature, and more specifically, with certain search categories that are relevant to the application's content and functionality. Next, we'll dig in a bit deeper and we'll look at the ways that our application can really leverage search integration, by baking search information right into the application, making for a more compelling user experience on the phone. And, we'll finish up with a discussion of some navigation issues, which are associated with search integration.