Today we are delighted to announce a groundbreaking partnership with Microsoft to create the BlueVia SDK for .NET. We recognises the need to drive awareness and adoption of the BlueVia platform, and from today, this partnership with Microsoft puts BlueVia in front of Microsoft’s 6 million developers.
The BlueVia SDK for .NET is a set of drag and drop controls and templates for Microsoft’s Visual Studio, making BlueVia powered app development super simple for any.NET developer who wants to build applications for Windows Phone 7, Windows, Internet Explorer or Xbox. The BlueVia SDK for .NET also enables real-time, programmable voice and data communications that can connect applications to social-networking capabilities. Core to this concept will be the creation of controls that tap into Windows Live Services for key functionality, including user identity, network presence and contacts.
As well as collaboration at a technical level to create the BlueVia SDK for .NET, the partnership will see joint developer outreach between Microsoft and BlueVia. One of these developers is Medianet, who were excited to announce integration of the BlueVia.NET APIs within their TAXISTOP application to ensure non-smart devices can take part in the TAXISTOP transport revolution: Gideon Clifton, CEO, Medianet said: “Developers have been waiting for an opportunity to integrate network operator services within our apps in a robust and seamless way for over a decade. Third party solutions have never delivered due to the historic lack of understanding by operators of the Developer opportunity. Telefonica and Microsoft have corrected this and we are excited to integrate their tools to deliver our TAXISTOP application to millions of feature phone passengers who would not have been able to access TAXISTOP had it not been for the BlueVia SDK for .NET.”
At the launch event today, Tony Mestres (VP Microsoft Communications Sector) had this to say:
“This relationship with Telefonica is an incredible opportunity for our worldwide community of developers to build mobile applications that serve millions of customers. Given the combined capabilities of Visual Studio, Silverlight, Internet Explorer 9, Azure, Windows Phone 7, Windows 7 and Windows Live Services, we think there are huge prospects for innovation in connected consumer experiences and the Cloud. We can’t wait to see what our developer community comes up with.”