Windows Phone Mango build 7712 released for devs

It was only yesterday that Microsoft announced that Mango had gotten the RTM stamp of approval, which made many speculate that developers would soon get their hands on the RTM build. Microsoft has updated the Mango build to developers, but it is not the RTM build many had been hoping for.

Announced on the Windows Team Blog, Microsoft is making available an updated Windows Phone SDK that they are calling the “Beta 2 Refresh”. They state that the refresh is based on the positive feedback they have received regarding the tools available and this updates represents a month of progress by the engineering team to refine the developer experience.

Along with update the SDK, they have also updated the build available to developers to version 7712.  If you are wondering why Microsoft did not release the RTM build, Microsoft states:

For the folks wondering why we’re not providing the ‘RTM’ version, there are two main reasons. First, the phone OS and the tools are two equal parts of the developer toolkit that correspond to one another. When we took this snapshot for the refresh, we took the latest RC drops of the tools and the corresponding OS version. Second, what we are providing is a genuine release candidate build, with enough code checked in and APIs locked down that this OS is close enough to RTM that, as a developer, it’s more than capable to see you through the upcoming RC drop of the tools and app submission.

If you are a developer, you can now get your hands on the new SDK and Mango update to continue creating applications for the Windows Phone platform. While it is not the RTM build that many were expecting, it does contain all of the necessities to make your application fully function in the RTM build when phones ship out later this year.

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I hope there will be wifi tethering and front facing camera support for video calling built in. WP7 looks pretty nice overall.

FMH said,
Any new feature?

In Canada, I now have the Shazam like functionality, and a buch of iconography was updated. Twitter integration was turned on, and the voice to text for SMS seems to work a bit better

I stumble across a few other things from time to time as well, so we'll see

Running very well as before.. Don't know why so many people can't get Facebook chat working.. It works fine now as did it in the first beta.. Do as said before.. Link on hotmail then resynching needs to be done on your phone via account setting.. Simple! Lol

Has anyone gotten Facebook chat to work yet? When I switch the control to the on position, the phone eventually lands on the mobile version of the Facebook home page. When I go back to the previous screen, the switch is still in the off position.

wessleym said,
Has anyone gotten Facebook chat to work yet? When I switch the control to the on position, the phone eventually lands on the mobile version of the Facebook home page. When I go back to the previous screen, the switch is still in the off position.

to get facebook chat to work.. just goto profile.live.com and connect ur facebook profile with ur live id and make sure you tick all options, then sync live id on your windows phone, and you will see facebook chat on in Message > settings. Just restart phone once and you are done.

dhavalhirdhav said,

to get facebook chat to work.. just goto profile.live.com and connect ur facebook profile with ur live id and make sure you tick all options, then sync live id on your windows phone, and you will see facebook chat on in Message > settings. Just restart phone once and you are done.

I don't think thats the correct way to do it unfortunately. Sounds like a rather complicated way to get Facebook chat working, don't you think? Also, I already had Facebook chat working with WLM and it still didn't work when I ran the Betas. It could be that the Facebook service might not be ready for the integrated chat. After all, it is RTM, but only developers have access to the device. Could take a few more weeks.

wessleym said,
Has anyone gotten Facebook chat to work yet? When I switch the control to the on position, the phone eventually lands on the mobile version of the Facebook home page. When I go back to the previous screen, the switch is still in the off position.

Try either just resynching your Facebook account in the account settings, or removing the Facebook account and adding it again. It worked fine for me after I did the latter.

dhavalhirdhav said,
to get facebook chat to work.. just goto profile.live.com and connect ur facebook profile with ur live id and make sure you tick all options, then sync live id on your windows phone, and you will see facebook chat on in Message > settings. Just restart phone once and you are done.

I'm just going to wait for the final release. I'd rather not link the two. I realize they may already be sharing information currently, but I'd rather not give them any further permissions.

wessleym said,

I'm just going to wait for the final release. I'd rather not link the two. I realize they may already be sharing information currently, but I'd rather not give them any further permissions.

If you'd like I can make you a tinfoil hat to go with that (I kid, I kid)... if you have an account on both I'm not sure why you're concerned about linking the two services. I saw a lot of people note that in order to get Facebook chat you HAD to have them connected... I'm not sure if that's true because mine was already connected to begin with... and my Facebook chat has worked since I installed the first Mango beta. I dunno... but I agree with you that it's cumbersome and they shouldn't require the user to go to a website to enable it.

So, does this mean devs won't be getting RTM then?

And does anyone know if this update voids the warranty and requires an uninstall for the final release?

M_Lyons10 said,
So, does this mean devs won't be getting RTM then?

And does anyone know if this update voids the warranty and requires an uninstall for the final release?

Devs will have to upgrade to the "retail" RTM whenever it hits your carrier / phone. Microsoft want you all back on your official warranties, and if they give you the proper RTM build, most people wouldn't see a point in going back to their official ROM for their phone, and still be on Microsoft's warranty.

M_Lyons10 said,
So, does this mean devs won't be getting RTM then?

And does anyone know if this update voids the warranty and requires an uninstall for the final release?

Yes you still need to uninstall to get RTM.

M_Lyons10 said,
So, does this mean devs won't be getting RTM then?
And does anyone know if this update voids the warranty and requires an uninstall for the final release?

As noted in their blog post, they really want you back on your supported builds - OEM Drivers, Carrier stuff, etc. Even for carrier-unlocked devices, they want to make sure you're getting the right updates for your drivers and such. Keep your backup around and/or be sure you have an OEM ROM somewhere to revert back. If you want to update to the latest, just expect to lose whatever you have now when you want to upgrade to the official release. My only gripe with that process is reinstalling apps that you originally installed over the air. You have to re-install all of those through the Phone's Marketplace - not through any other process. Much more doable in Mango, but it would be really nice to just see a page of some sort with all of your apps and choose which to re-install.