Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Windows Phone 7 Series Development Tools Beta

On the Mix 10 conference, Microsoft announced the beta version of the development tools for Windows Phone 7 Series, the new OS from Microsoft succeeding Windows Mobile.

Applications for Windows Phone 7 Series can be developed using an enhanced version of Silverlight 3 or XNA, a tool chain to develop Xbox games. The also announced Silverlight 4 RC does not support development for Windows Phone 7 Series as of yet.

You can download the free Windows Phone 7 Series development tools beta version:
  • Expression Blend for Windows Phone for Silverlight development
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone (preview version)
  • Windows Phone Emulator
  • XNA Game Studio 4.0 CTP
Windows Mobile 6.x applications are not compatible with Windows Phone 7 Series. As of now there is no official statement from Microsoft if and how these applications can be ported.

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