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Fast Application Switching: Implications for Xbox LIVE Titles on Windows Phone Operating System 7.1 (“Mango”)

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The Fall 2011 update to Windows Phone (codenamed “Mango”) offers a range of new and changing features for both consumers and developers. One of the most impactful for game developers is Fast Application Switching (FAS), a feature that offers an opportunity for titles to, in some scenarios, bypass the “Resuming…” screen and recovery time experience otherwise seen when a title restarts after an interruption. This technical article covers some of the most common questions around FAS, and how it affects development for interactive entertainment titles.

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