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Microsoft® Silverlight® Edition: Programming Windows® Phone 7 by Charles Petzold

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The Hardware Chassis

Developers with experience targeting Windows Mobile devices of the past will find significant changes in Microsoft’s strategy for the Windows Phone 7. Microsoft has been extremely proactive in defining the hardware specification, often referred to as a “chassis.”

Initial releases of Windows Phone 7 devices will have one consistent screen size. (A second screen size is expected in the future.) Many other hardware features are guaranteed to exist on each device.

The front of the phone consists of a multi-touch display and three hardware buttons generally positioned in a row below the display. From left to right, these buttons are called Back, Start, and Search:

  • Back Programs can use this button for their own navigation needs, much ...

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