Windows Phone Mango Beta 2 Refresh available now

As speculated earlier this morning Microsoft has just released the Beta 2 Refresh of Mango for registered developers:

Starting this morning, you can download the Windows Phone SDK 7.1 “Beta 2 Refresh” from the ‘Mango’ Connect site. We’ve received positive feedback on the Mango tools and bits we’ve shared, but appreciate that many devs are still interested in working with a more complete build. Today’s refresh of the tools represent a month of great progress by the engineering team, further refining and improving the Mango developer experience.

So if you are a registered developer just head over to the Connect site and download the 7712 build to installed on your handsets. Just note that this isn’t the RTM build (7720) but a earlier version that should be feature complete. I can’t install it right now but will check it out later tday and report back any findings.

Microsoft is also updating the SDK with the following features:

- Application platform APIs are now locked; you can feel confident to start getting ready for submitting your apps next month.
- Emulator now has a nifty screenshot capability built in, allowing you quickly snap quality images of your app without the need of separate tools or cropping time. The images are great for use in app submission process or to share on your blog or with folks such as my team (hint hint).
- The profiler has been greatly improved and provides memory profiling.
As of this drop, you can install NuGet into the free version of the WPSDK tools. I find NuGet to be one of my favorite productivity boosters and I’m happy to see the extension supported in the free tools.
- The drop includes an initial peek at the Marketplace Test Kit; with the RC release, you’ll be able to use the included version of this toolkit to test your XAP file against the same certification testing tools that we use when ingesting apps for the Marketplace. For this refresh, it’s there but not fully functional; but more on this in a future blog post.

source: Microsoft Thanks for the tips CounterfitNinja and Katsura

  • Ian Guider

    Have it! Not much I can say yet. IE9 seems faster and every feature seems to work. Will check to see if the music player still crashes when I plug it into my car later.

  • MobileTechWorld

    Updating right now. Will post if I find anything new.:)

  • Funky

    Big difference with this beta and Omnia 7. The colors are now more real, less saturated. (My green-lemon theme color is not shining anymore)
    I don’t know yet if it’s a good thing.P.S : Sorry for my english.