First Windows Phone 7 update to fix xbox Live extras bug to be released soon

Microsoft has officially announced that an update to the Xbox Live Extras Windows Phone 7 application will be available soon after a bug that apparently only affects HTC handsets prevents the application from correctly launching.

To that end, we’ve gotten reports of users launching Xbox LIVE Extras where it appears to hang at a black screen and is returned to the Start screen several seconds later on some phones.

We have identified this issue and have an update currently making its way through certification, we hope to have this update available to you in the next few days. While this may not work for everyone, you can try hitting the back key after returning to the start menu and Xbox LIVE Extras should restart normally.

There are many of you who use props on your avatar, and you receive a “Could not find your prop, please try again later.”

Many of the props on Xbox 360 are being converted for their use with the new Xbox LIVE Dashboard and Kinect launch. Because of this some of the props have not been converted for use on Windows Phone at this time. More of these are added daily so expect this issue to disappear over time.

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New Windows Phone 7 TV ad actually shows the product in action

Here’s a new Windows Phone 7 TV ad aimed at the French market which I guess is going to start airing on national TV pretty soon. Unlike the previous ones ,this ad actually shows part of the product in action but basically has the same message: “If you don’t have WP7 phone you will be loser like that other guy…”. Now, if only people were able to get their hands on devices it would be even better…Video after the break:

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Windows Phone Developer Tools October 2010 Update Released

Microsoft has quietly released the October Update of the Windows Phone 7 SDK yesterday which now includes two new features and performance enhancement when suing the Bing Maps control.

•Windows Phone Capability Detection Tool – Detects the phone capabilities used by your application. When you submit your application to Windows Phone Marketplace , Microsoft performs a code analysis to detect the phone capabilities required by your application and then replaces the list of capabilities in the application manifest with the result of this detection process. This tool performs the same detection process and allows you to test your application using the same list of phone capabilities generated during the certification process. For more information, see How to: Use the Capability Detection Tool.

•Windows Phone Connect Tool – Allows you to connect your phone to a PC when Zune® software is not running and debug applications that use media APIs. For more information, see How to: Use the Connect Tool.

•Updated Bing Maps Silverlight Control – Includes improvements to gesture performance when using Bing™ Maps Silverlight® Control.

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SlingPlayer for Windows Phone 7 shown on video

As originally announced a few months ago; SlingPlayer for Windows Phone 7is about to be launched. SlingPlayer was showcased today in a short video posted by the company to demonstrate how this new version looks like on Microsoft’s newly launched mobile platform. The video quality is now apparently set to VGA (compared to the vastly video quality on previous WM6.X version of the same software). No word the price or availability thought. Video after the break:

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