Microsoft released Windows Phone Developer Tools Beta. Here’re few top level items: » Expression Blend for Windows Phone is now integrated into WPDT Beta » Developer Registration Utility lets you unlock Windows Phone 7 device for development purposes » XAP Deployment Tool lets you deploy XAP files directly to an unlocked device » WP7 API is getting close to completion. Many namespaces have now been consolidated into one. In addition, there’ve been realignments and changes in several other namespaces as well. Push Notifications, Accelerometer and App Bar APIs have all been updated » Additional Controls coming in next few weeks (i.e. Panorama and Pivot) which didn’t make in beta » Silverlight for Windows Phone control templates have been updated to match evolutions in overall OS.
WP7 JumpStart is a FREE virtual live class for developers interested in developing app and games for WP7. course sessions are: July 20 – 8am: Session One: Getting Started with Windows Phone and Silverlight; July 20 – 1pm: Session Two: Programming Game Applications with XNA; July 22 – 8am: Session Three: Programming Applications with Silverlight; July 22 – 1pm: Session Four: Review and Wrap Up. [Register]
Starting July 19th, Microsoft starting shipping Win7 devices more broadly. To get your name in the queue, send an email including: Your name; Company name, if applicable; What city/state/country you’e located in; App(s) you plan on developing (category and brief description) to wp7req.
Download: Windows Phone Developer Tools Beta