The final version of the developer tools for Windows Phone 7

    After the Mobile World Congress conference , at which the Windows Phone 7 platform was announced, a little more than six months passed. On September 1, the first day of autumn , the successful release of the Windows Phone 7 platform was announced . Well, today, exactly seven months after the announcement of the platform in Barcelona , the final tools for developers of applications on the Windows Phone 7 platform were made publicly available! With which I congratulate you!

    As already announced, all Windows Phone 7 developer tools remain free. If you have already installed any edition of Visual Studio 2010, then you can create applications directly from your familiar development environment; if you do not have Visual Studio 2010 installed or you are using Express editions, you can create your mobile applications in the free Visual Studio 2010 Express Edition for Windows Phone environment.

    In addition, the installation package also includes Expression Blend 4 for Windows Phone, Silverlight for Windows Phone, XNA Game Studio for Windows Phone, and, of course, the Windows Phone 7 emulator.

    Download developer tools as usual from the official site - .com .

    Along with the release of developer tools, the long-awaited controls - Panorama and Pivot - were released. In this regard, the list of application templates has expanded.

    Alternatively, you can download the Microsoft Advertising SDK for Windows Phone 7 , a package that allows you to place ads in apps. You can download this package from this link . In more detail about the platform for advertising I will talk a little later, but for now you can read a brief announcement from Raj Kapoor .

    Do not forget about the Silverlight Toolkit , which also includes a set of useful controls for Windows Phone 7. You can download them at this link .

    And finally, Resco has already released its set of controls for Windows Phone 7. Look at them and maybe some of them will be useful to you.

    Scott Guthrie and Charlie Kindel have already celebrated the release of final developer tools. Let's not lag behind them?

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