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Microsoft releases Windows Phone SDK 7.1

Microsoft has made available the latest SDK for Windows Phone. With the recent release of Windows Phone 7.5 Mango, Microsoft’s highly anticipated and long awaited update to Windows Phone, developers can now work on creating their very own Mango apps.

Microsoft has released the Release to Web (RTW) of Windows Phone SDK 7.1 which provides developers with all of the tools that are needed to develop applications and games for both Windows Phone 7.0 and Windows Phone 7.5 devices. The SDK also includes support for nine different languages.

“The existing SDK has allowed developer to create and publish apps optimized for Windows Phone 7.5 since August. The Release to Web (RTW) release consists of seven additional release languages, final finishing touches to the tooling experience, a handful of bug fixes, and additional upgrade logic to provide a better installation process for users coming from earlier tools,” Microsoft stated.

Here is a rundown of some of the new features:

  • NuGet allows you to easily keep your plug-ins and code library packages up to date
  • The profiler just plain kicks – who doesn’t love being able to see where performance bottlenecks are occurring in their apps?
  • Time to market for apps has been significantly decreased and first pass rates increased with the inclusion of the Marketplace Test Kit
  • The emulator supports the ability to feed in location and accelerometer data, as well the ability to take screenshots
  • The Microsoft Advertising Ad Control is now included as part of the WPSDK installation (and now available in 11 countries outside the US)

Microsoft also revealed that 70,000+ unique developer devices had been successfully updated to the ‘Mango’ updated over the course of the last three months. On top of that, hundreds of thousands of pre-release WPSDK downloads took place over the last few months.

‘Mango’, which was finally released yesterday, features an updated user interface with the intentions of “making it easier for the user to launch, to search, to find, to buy and to install” apps. The update will also feature a 25% improvement in memory efficiency and support for deep links into application content. We will also see a feature called Live Agents as well as better multitasking. IE9 will also be making an appearance in the update.

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