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Windows Phone SDK 7.1.1 update released, now works on Windows 8

Microsoft has released the Windows Phone SDK 7.1.1 update that allows for app development on new 256 MB devices, as well as allow for app development on Windows 8. The patch is available now and weighs in at just under 300MB.

The update will have the following new functionality:

  • The Visual Studio IDE is patched to enable selection from a list of emulators, and launching it (note that the WPSDK can only support connecting to one at a time, though)
  • The Windows Phone [512 MB device] emulator image is updated to use build 8773
  • A second, new emulator device image is included, allowing you to emulate running your app on a 256 MB device
  • The Microsoft Advertising SDK is updated to the latest version (previously only available as a separate install), which fixes some issues devs were encountering at runtime
  • IntelliSense now supports specifying the 512 MB device requirement in your manifest file, should you choose to opt your app out from running on the new 256 MB devices
  • Language support is again consistent both in the IDE (the 7.1.1 Update supports all 10 of the WPSDK 7.1 languages) and in the emulator OS (Malay and Indonesian have been added)

Windows Phone SDK 7.1 did not support Windows 8 COnsumer Preview, so this new update adds support for it. However, official support for Windows 8 will not happen until the RTM release of Windows 8. Those that have Hyper-V enabled in Windows 8 will also see a performance degradation in the emulator.

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