Windows Phone 7 Developer Tools BETA SDK released


This came out faster than I expected. Just a few hours ago I was giving you the scoop on the upcoming release of the Beta version of the Windows Phone 7 SDK / Developer tools and they are not available for download. Similar to what I said earlier Microsoft is also announcing that they will start shipping developer handsets to select ISVs starting Monday 19th and provide local Microsoft DPE/teams a couple of devices so developers can use them directly at Microsoft’s offices. The next batch of devices is expected to ship later this August. Here are the new features and improvements included in the Beta version of the SDK:

  • Microsoft Expression Blend for Windows Phone – Blend is now integrated completely into the Windows Phone Developer Tools Beta.
  • Developer Registration Utility – Now you can unlock you Windows Phone 7 device for development purposes.
  • XAP Deployment Tool – if you want to deploy XAP files directly to an unlocked device, now you can.
  • The Windows Phone 7 API – we’re getting close to completion.  Many namespaces that were previously distributed over several different DLLs have now been consolidated into one.  In addition, there have been realignments and changes in several other namespaces as well.  Push Notifications, Accelerometer and App Bar APIs have all been updated.
  • Additional Controls – There are some additional controls coming in the next few weeks (i.e. Panorama and Pivot) which didn’t make the beta release.  They are coming soon.
  • Control Templates – Silverlight for Windows Phone control templates have been updated to match evolutions in the overall OS.
  • Hardware Scaler is finally enabled: Graphics Scaling is implemented by dedicated hardware, so doesn’t cost any GPU
  • Grab them here