Windows Phone 7 Developer Tools go final on September 16

Microsoft has just announced, that after six months of their release, there have been 300,000 downloads of the Windows Phone Developer Tools. Microsoft has also announced that the full version of the developer tools will be released on September 16 which will allow developers to finish their apps and test them using the emulator to ensure their app will work on Windows Phone 7.

Microsoft is keen to let developers know that the final version of the tools might break a few things from the beta version, so developers will need to be prepared to fix bugs within their apps. On the plus side, the much requested panorama, pivot, and Bing map controls with all be available to drag and drop into apps with the final version.

The company has also announced that the app marketplace will start allowing submissions in early October. Windows Phone 7 is thought to be going on sale in Europe in October followed by a November release date for North America.

Amongst the other announcements, Microsoft has apparently released an updated set of Windows Phone Marketplace policies (however there is no link to these policies) and have said that they are hard at work on improving the developer portal following feedback from developers.

Channel 9 has posted a video about today’s news for developers with Laura Foy interviewing Brandon Watson, Director of Windows Phone 7.

In a related article, Todd Bishop of TechFlash has interviewed Charlie Kindel, "Microsoft's general manager in charge of getting app developers on board with Windows Phone 7” asking about the various types and the number of apps likely to be seen on Microsoft’s new mobile OS. From the interview it sounds as if Microsoft still has a few announcements to make with regards to some apps that will be appearing on Windows Phone 7. From the interview it is clear that the company has not “literally paid” anyone to develop apps for the OS; a possible answer to a much rumored story where Microsoft were paying iOS developers to port their apps over to Windows Phone 7.

The Windows Phone Developer Tools is currently in beta. Last week Microsoft announced a list of Xbox Live games for Windows Phone that they will be releasing at the launch of WP7. 

Just something to note: if every who download of the Windows Phone Developer Tools turned in one app for Windows Phone 7, then Microsoft would have the biggest app collection, Apple has roughly 250,000 apps but also has well over 5 billion downloads.

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I can't believe the tools don't work on Windows XP. Corporate places still use windows xp pro!

My laptop only has WinXP at home also! Guess I need to think about ugprading!

One thing that concerns me personally is that i see NO phones with T-Mobile bands going through the FCC. Which makes me worried that T-mobile didnt jump on the bandwagon for first carriers.

That and the fact that microsoft decided to not include an Exit() method in it's WP7 silverlight API. There can be some serious issues with the navigation stack and without an exit option the flow and style of the application would have to go in a much more difficult direction.

Eiii, one work about native code - Silverlight (C#/.NET) are your best friend UNLIKE iPhone API.

NOTE: if you need more power and developer customizability you can use XNA Framework (Managed DirectX).

You don't need C/C++ anymore! You can develop fast and great apps for "Desktop", "Console", "Web", "TV" and "Mobile" using Silverlight/XNA

Eiii, one word about WP7 UI - Is simple, unique and different UNLIKE the bad "Android's" copy of iPhone.

MS created the UI... don't copy! Capiche?!

mentas said,
Eiii, one word about WP7 UI - Is simple, unique and different UNLIKE the bad "Android's" copy of iPhone.

MS created the UI... don't copy! Capiche?!

How did Android copy the iPhone?

The iPhone is JUST a desktop with ICONS. You seriously consider that a "creation"?? Android, if anything, only got a few ideas from the iPhone, a few minor ones.

Quit being brainwashed.

Cool. This is great. I was waiting for panorama... I'll be downloading these tools soon. I really wish I had my new laptop now... lol

Good to hear, my app is finished. I just need to add the polish and navigation controls that are missing in beta.

micro said,
Good to hear, my app is finished. I just need to add the polish and navigation controls that are missing in beta.

Create them, Expression Blend is your friend

bluefisch200 said,

Create them, Expression Blend is your friend

I want to wait for the official release of the pivot controls. No point in spending so much time trying to re create it when microsoft will be releasing it sept 16th.

bluefisch200 said,

Create them, Expression Blend is your friend

There are stand in silverlight pivot and so on controls but those are in the end just standins. The official ones from MS that devs have been asking for will be native code and not done in silverlight, so the performance in your apps will be better. It's best to just wait till Sept if you can.

Also good to hear that we're getting close to official app submissions, this will be a sign of things to come if they get a solid number of apps to start with from 3rd parties.

micro said,

I want to wait for the official release of the pivot controls. No point in spending so much time trying to re create it when microsoft will be releasing it sept 16th.

I agree. Why add another component to support yourself if you don't have to?

Michael Gillet said,
...Laura Foy interviewing Brandon Watson, Director or Windows Phone 7.

In the end, is he a director or a phone? =))

Rudy said,
I'll stick to iOS for now but if they manage to sell enough phone I'll consider porting

With the lack of support for native code would that be difficult?

Consider it then, because they will dominate the smartphone market in the next couple of years just like they are with Windows7...nah, that was my bs. You'll jump on the bandwagon when there are enough people on it? That's the way to go for most people isn't it.

Rudy said,
I'll stick to iOS for now but if they manage to sell enough phone I'll consider porting

People may not buy the phones if developers don't port. Bite the bullet and port it!

Rudy said,
I'll stick to iOS for now but if they manage to sell enough phone I'll consider porting

Or port it now, and get sales from the launch, as there will be less choice.