WP7: App Hub relaunched with private beta marketplace, crash reports

Microsoft has been busy preparing their next release of Windows Phone 7, codenamed "Mango." The update is available to developers in beta form now, and is part of a massive overhaul to the platform. As part of that upgrade Microsoft today overhauled their developer website, the App Hub.

According to WPCentral, the App Hub went down for scheduled maintenance and has now been made live again with new features. These include:

  • Updated layout
  • New crash reports
  • Export of download/purchase details
  • Private beta Marketplace

The new features are being praised by developers as more useful already, and Ivan Zivkovic sent us over a picture showing the download/crash counters in action, as shown below.

The private beta marketplace allows developers to run beta programs via the marketplace, so that rather than sideloading the XAP file a URL can be provided to other users and the developer can push updates to the beta software via the marketplace rather than sending out new XAP files to be sideloaded every time. 

It's good to see the features trickling out slowly. These specific features work specifically with Windows Phone 7 OS "Mango" which is expected release to carriers in September. Mango brings over 500 new features to the platform, including IE9 with HTML5 support, mulititasking, OS-wide IM integration and more.

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Maby I can finally register to the site. which I have not been able to do for a week.

Edit nope step 3 still cant connect to xbox.com

I'm still hoping they do something about the mess with Live accounts and countries. I still can't login to Zune software and make purchases in Mexico (where I live) because my Live account was created when live.com was available to US only and thus is "registered" to US. I need to change Windows "location" setting in Regional Settings in order to log in to Zune software but I can't add my credit card information in the Zune website to start buying apps, games or music

Does any one have more information about this issue many of us in different countries are having since the release date?

On topic: The design change is nice and looks great. Good to see they are adding more and more tools for developers whenever there is a chance.

ajua said,
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The one thing you cannot change about windows live ID is country. This is a huge PITA for people who travel, or move to other nations. The issue you're experiencing is around the Windows Live ID infrastructure, not Zune specifically.

dotf said,

The one thing you cannot change about windows live ID is country. This is a huge PITA for people who travel, or move to other nations. The issue you're experiencing is around the Windows Live ID infrastructure, not Zune specifically.

I know, its so frustrating.
I really don't have a clue as to why Microsoft hasn't been able to solve this problem.

The only thing I haven't tried is to make a new Windows Live ID for my country and link it to my main one. Then I just use that for the Zune software and purchases, but I'm nor sure if I would need to add it to my phone besides the main one, which is something I don't want to do because I just use the main one for synching my contacts/calendar/notes and for Windows Live Messenger.

Holey said,
Mango is looking better and better. I honestly think this will make WP7 the best smartphone OS. Easily.

IMO W8 could do it; WP7 I do not think so.

I saw and used for a while a HD7 running mango; much better than my HD7 running NoDo but it is still a long way to Tipperary.......