Microsoft releases final Windows Phone 7 SDK to developers

Microsoft released the final edition of its Windows Phone 7 SDK to developers on Thursday morning.

Microsoft has been quietly working with some companies to ensure there are some great launch partner apps. Foursquare, Pandora, Twitter and Netflix are some of the big names that the software giant will introduce at launch.

Microsoft will open the Windows Phone marketplace in early October and begin accepting submissions. Apple's App Store currently features over 250,000 apps. Google's Android sits at over 50,000 apps and Microsoft's Windows Phone store will likely hold less than 5,000 at launch. Microsoft is aiming for quality and not quantity however. Seattle PI notes that at a media event in Redmond this week, Brandon Watson, a Windows Phone evangelist, asked the audience "Which is more important to you: quality of apps or quantity of apps?". The software giant hopes that its high profile status will attract a large amount of high quality apps.

"It's been a pretty long journey, where we came from, and I'm happy with where we're at," Scott Guthrie, corporate vice president of Microsoft's developer platform, said. Guthrie also demonstrated Microsoft's developer tools earlier this week. Applications can be coded quickly with preloaded templates and Microsoft hopes that the ease of use of the tools will attract developers.

In a blog post announcing the final SDK, Brandon Watson - a Windows Phone evangelist said:

The final release of the Windows Phone Developer Tools is the culmination of hard work on the part of many talented people. We couldn’t, however, have done it without the help of the community. The feedback we received since our initial release in March has enabled us to make some changes, resulting in a better finished product

Microsoft is expected to announce a range of Windows Phone 7 handsets at an open house event in New York on October 11. Devices are expected to hit the retail market at the end of October. Microsoft Windows Phone 7 developer tools can be found here.

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Downloaded and installed. Thing took quite some time. Can't wait to mess around with it, I love the .NET programming environment.

Does anyone know if the Visual Studio Express for Windows Phone has been updated as well? I checked the site but couldn't figure out. I haven't installed Visual Studio 2010 yet. I tried installing the dev tools and was informed that a rather lengthy list of other tools were not supported... So it was aborted. lol

hdood said,
They're canceling WP7 already?
Exactly, huh? Do you think that they are cancelling WP7 because they released the FINAL SDK? In this case, final does mean the last... When talking about software, SDK's, etc, final is good. Final means it is done, but that doesn't mean it won't ever be updated. Like when IE9 final is released, that doesn't necessarily mean Microsoft won't ever update it again, it just means it is in a stable state.

Mr aldo said,
Like when IE9 final is released, that doesn't necessarily mean Microsoft won't ever update it again, it just means it is in a stable state.
For that to be the same, you would have had to write "final IE," not "IE9 final." The final build of a specific release is not the same as the final build of the product. For more information, click here: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/joke

hdood said,
For that to be the same, you would have had to write "final IE," not "IE9 final." The final build of a specific release is not the same as the final build of the product. For more information, click here: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/joke
I don't need to have a link to the definition of a joke, you need to learn how to express sarcasm on the Internet...

GP007 said,
Seriously? Why don't you just admit your joke was bad and move on?
It was the best joke ever. Every single non-fanboy on the planet giggled.

hdood said,
It was the best joke ever. Every single non-fanboy on the planet giggled.

No, no one giggled. That was dumb, and wasn't funny in the slightest, and no, I'm not planning on buying a WP7 device.

Where do they get the "less than 5,000 apps" number from? Is that just a guess because MS isn't rushing to get as many as they can? Or are there some stats out there we don't know about?

GP007 said,
Where do they get the "less than 5,000 apps" number from? Is that just a guess because MS isn't rushing to get as many as they can? Or are there some stats out there we don't know about?

They probably poll the developers, just asking, "Are you making any?"

GP007 said,
Where do they get the "less than 5,000 apps" number from? Is that just a guess because MS isn't rushing to get as many as they can? Or are there some stats out there we don't know about?

Yeah, with the dev tools having 300,000 downloads, I'm really surprised by that number. Though I'm not expecting 300,000, I figured we'd get more than 5,000 for launch...

Microsof t is certainly going back to the company that we know on the early 90's. With the release of product like bing, winodows 7 OS and phone and now internet explorer, we are getting the best from the giant which is sweet for all consumers that use their products. Cannot wait to start using my windows phones.

The Black Mamba said,
Microsof t is certainly going back to the company that we know on the early 90's. With the release of product like bing, winodows 7 OS and phone and now internet explorer, we are getting the best from the giant which is sweet for all consumers that use their products. Cannot wait to start using my windows phones.
Indeed, that's what's so great about competition! Microsoft has to put out in order to keep the money flowing, and I love it!

Mr aldo said,
Microsoft has to put out in order to keep the money flowing, and I love it!

i took ur words seriously (though many ppl can doubt) and I'm serious "I'm loving it"....really im not joking.

The Black Mamba said,
Microsof t is certainly going back to the company that we know on the early 90's. With the release of product like bing, winodows 7 OS and phone and now internet explorer...

Let's not forget mediarooom, silverlight (in general), Azure and my personal fav: Kinect!

I have never felt more justified in my fanboyness