Microsoft’s currently hard at work with Windows Phone 7, in preparation for the new platform’s launch that should take place towards the end of the year.
Until then, developers interested in making apps and games for WP7 should know that Windows Phone Developer Tools beta has just been launched – and although it comes with the bet tag, Microsoft says this is “the near final version of the tools.”
Windows Phone Developer Tools beta contains:
- Windows Phone 7 API (it’s “close to completion”)
- Developer Registration Utility (it unlocks Windows Phone 7 devices for development purposes)
- Microsoft Expression Blend for Windows Phone
- XAP Deployment Tool
- Control Templates
- Additional Controls
You can download Windows Phone Developers Tools beta here.
Some “preview” WP7 handsets are already in the hands of developers, and more are on their way (Microsoft says it’ll ship them starting July 19), so things are about to get interesting really soon.
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