What’s going on with BringCast 2.0?

Hi There.. just wanted to post a (long overdue) update on what’s going on with BringCast 2.0.

Things have been a little hectic recently.  The Day Job has been consuming a considerable amount of time culminating in the recent //BUILD/ conference.. big news from my team 🙂  But, none-the-less we have been making some progress on BringCast 2.0 in the intervening period.

BringCast 2.0 for Windows Phone “Mango:

This is the next update for BringCast for Windows Phone.  The two main features that this release will include are support for:

  1. Background Audio
  2. Background Downloads

Both of these are features that are enabled by new APIs in the Windows Phone Mango release and it’s fair to say that both have had their implementational challenges.  Still, they are up and running in builds which is great news.  We are now working on fixing up bugs so that we can get BringCast 2.0 out in a timely manner.  To that end we’ve decided to focus the next release on these two main features in order to get an update out sooner rather than later; there are other new things in “Mango” that we’d like to take advantage of in the future but we figure that users would rather have an update sooner with fewer features rather than a Mondo update at some indeterminate future date.  Plus background audio is really a must have.  There are some other features in BringCast v2.0 that users will appreciate but we’ll save talking about those until we are ready to ship some bits 🙂

BringCast 2.0 for codename “Windows 8”

Since the day job is all about big Windows, we’ve also been devoting some time to porting BringCast 2.0 to that platform.  Specifically we’ve been investing time in making the core of BringCast portable between Windows Phone and Windows 8 so that we can leverage shared code going forwards.  We’ve not yet spent significant effort on a full-blown Metro style user interface but here is a screenshot of the early test UI that exists so far running on top of the shared core:

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More news as time permits.