Today Microsoft has released the Beta Tools for Mango. Mango delivers many new features to Windows Phone developers. The two features we were waiting for are the following:
- Background processing
- Networking / sockets for communications
Now you are also able to use sockets instead of BOSH as transport layer on Windows Phone Mango. And your XMPP apps are able to run in background and keep your XMPP connection alive for listening asynchronous on events. This is a big step forward for XMPP and Instant Messaging apps on Windows Phone.
I have implemented sockets in MatriX for Windows Phone. You can download the MatriX beta release for Mango here.