So Microsoft just launched a cool program for Canadian developers, the Mango App Challenge [https://www.microsoft.com/canada/offers-promotions/mango-app-challenge/Default.aspx] . Basically, if you write two Windows Phone 7 apps you get a free Windows Phone. I have plans to develop mobile apps for Shuttr for Android, iPhone and Windows Phone but this contest just pushed Windows Phone to the front of that list instantly!
I added some new RESTful JSON APIs to Shuttr pretty easily. ASP.NET [http://ASP.NET] MVC makes this dead easy. I downloaded the Windows Phone 7.1 SDK and created my first application. Within an hour I had it consuming the API that I had created to display the photographers in the directory. Pretty cool!
To submit the apps I had to create a Windows App Hub account. It seems to be the most expensive of the different mobile platforms for a developer account, it's $100/year. I signed up as a company so that I could release the apps as Shuttr. Yesterday I got an email asking for more proof of my company so I sent them back my registered trade name papers. We'll see what happens there. I've heard of some big delays in Apple's process so I'm hoping Microsoft is a bit faster in approving these accounts. I'll keep you guys updated.