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Download Windows Phone Software Development Kit (SDK) 7.1 RTW

Right after rolling out Windwos Phone 7.5 “Mango” update, Microsoft made available the RTW of Windows Phone SDK 7.1 on the Microsoft Download Center for download.

The RTW release features seven new languages, and is now available in 9 languages (English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Traditional Chinese).

Originally launched as a beta at Mix11 last March, the WP developer community has:

  • “Hundreds of thousands of pre-release WPSDK downloads over the last few months
  • 70,000+ unique developer devices have been successfully updated to ‘Mango’ over the course of the last three months
  • 50,000+ visitors to the JumpStart videos, serving up over 450,000+ hours of video
  • 20,000+ UserVoice votes submitted against 550 suggestions so far since the UserVoice forum launched with MIX
  • 4200+ user posts in the ‘Mango Update’ App Hub forum, with 285,000+ post views
  • 50+ cups of Tully’s Coffee consumed while processing Connect invites
  • 8 devices came back to Redmond to receive intensive care,” Cliff Simpkins over at Windows Phone Developer team blog stated.

Since MIX11, WP Developer tools have added a number of new features:

  1. “Launched WPDev Feedback site on the UserVoice platform as a place for developers to post suggestions and capability requests; yesterday, we reskinned the site to use the new WP chrome, and we’ll start providing more feedback on submitted suggestions starting next month. If you haven’t already, head over there and file your suggestions and feedback for future releases!
  2. The tools are more widely available: 4 additional languages supported in WPSDK 7.1, and now also available for install via the Web Platform Installer (WebPI)
  3. The tools now include some great new capabilities:
    • 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)
  4. The underlying developer platform includes a massive number of API changes and capabilities that developers have been asking for (background agents; fast app switching; Silverlight 4; XNA/Silverlight Interop; what is there not to love here?),” revealed Cliff.

With this release WP developers can do the following:

  1. Download and install the WPSDK 7.1, updating either your WPDT 7.0 RTW or WPSDK 7.1 pre-release installations
  2. For already submitted apps (7.0 or 7.5), it’s worth checking into your App Hub account and cross-submit your apps to make them are available in the new WP7.5 markets
  3. If you haven’t submitted your Windows Phone 7.5 app yet, it’s a great time to get it going; folks are excited and updating their phones – let your app light up on Mango!
    (If you already built and submitted your Windows Phone 7.5 app using the RC tools, you don’t need to do anything – there is no need to recompile and/or resubmit

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