Latest Windows Phone 7 unlocked emulator image with copy and paste available

The newest Windows Phone 7 image for the SDK emulator has just been unlocked and made available for your viewing pleasure. Other than copy and paste there doesn’t seem to be anything new as far as I can see but it you want to take screen shots of the OS this is currently the best solution. But please keep in mind that it is not recommended to use this image if you are developing applications and testing them out on it. Always use the locked image to test your applications. The current OS version is now 7.0.7389 compared to 7.0.7004 for the RTM we all have. Also note that Copy and Paste doesn’t work in the WebBrowser control (you can’t copy normal text displayed in it unlike IE Mobile). Now that’s totally ridiculous and adds another nail on the coffin of the poor control..good job MS (yes it sucks, it’s slow, doesn’t support basic java-script as if it displays everything in IE’s “Mobile Version view” so it doesn’t display ads or embedded Youtube videos and now doesn’t support something as simple as copy and paste). Check out the video after the break:

Continue reading Latest Windows Phone 7 unlocked emulator image with copy and paste available →

Windows Phone 7 SDK January update with Copy Paste and updated Bing Maps control released

The promised Windows Phone 7 SDK January update which now includes support for Copy and Paste has now been released and available for download. Here’s what’s new in this new package:

What’s in the January 2011 Update

The following are included in the Windows Phone Developer Tools January 2011 Update:

Copy and Paste

Copy and paste is now enabled on Windows® Phone 7 in the following controls:

  • System.Windows.Controls.TextBox
  • System.Windows.Controls.PasswordBox
  • Text input fields within the Microsoft.Phone.Controls.WebBrowser control.

Developers can test the copy and paste functionality in the new Windows Phone Emulator. For more information, see How to: Test Copy and Paste in Windows Phone Emulator. End users can use the copy and paste functionality only after receiving the corresponding update to the Windows Phone 7 operating system.

Most applications already published to the Windows Phone Marketplace do not need to be recompiled to take advantage of copy and paste functionality. Copy and paste will work automatically for end users after they receive the corresponding update to the operating system.

Caution:
In applications that have pivot or panorama controls that contain text boxes, users can unintentionally change panes when trying to copy text. To prevent this problem, open your application, recompile it, and then resubmit it to the Windows Phone Marketplace.

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. For more information, see Bing Maps Silverlight Control for Windows Phone.

What’s in the WPDT Fix

Continue reading Windows Phone 7 SDK January update with Copy Paste and updated Bing Maps control released →