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Developers Get Updated Windows Phone 7 ‘Mango’ SDK


On the heels of the Windows Phone “Mango” release to manufacturing, Microsoft on Wednesday also provided developers with an updated version of its beta Mango software development kit (SDK).

The revamped software, known as the Windows Phone SDK 7.1 “Beta 2 Refresh,” is available for download now at the Mango Connect site, Cliff Simpkins, product manager for Windows Phone 7, wrote in a blog post. The update represents “a month of great progress by the engineering team, further refining and improving the Mango developer experience,” he said.

Simpkins highlighted a few of the improvements included in Beta 2, including locked APIs, built-in screenshot capability in the emulator, improved profiler, the ability to install NuGet into the free version of the Windows Phone SDK tools, and a peek at the Marketplace Test Kit.

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Microsoft also sent out an OS update to Microsoft Update servers, which will let developers update retail Windows Phones that they updated to Mango over the last month. When it’s available, developers will see a pop-up, which will prompt them to connect their phone to their computers. The update, dubbed Build 7712, is not the RTM but a pre-release build; details about installation are available on the blog.

So why didn’t Microsoft provide developers with the RTM version of Mango? Two 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,” Sipmkins wrote. “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.”

Simpkins urged developers to try out build 7712; “it’s a sweet ride, to be sure,” he wrote.

For more, see PCMag.com’s preview of Mango and the slideshow below. “The next version of Windows Phone 7, called ‘Mango,’ although that won’t be its final name, is great-looking and fun to use,” wrote PCMag mobile analyst Sascha Segan. “It’s full of people-centric features that make it easier to stay in touch with friends and family, to communicate, and to share ideas. It’s easier to use than Android, and in many ways slicker than Apple’s iOS.”

Also this week, the first smartphone running Mango was unveiled in Japan.The Fujitsu IS12T will hit carriers and stores in September, but is not expected to come to the states.

Source: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2389313,00.asp

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Posted by on July 29, 2011 in SDK, Windows Phone 7, WP7

 

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Windows Phone 7 ‘Mango’ SDK To Be expected Arriving May 24


“Mango,” Microsoft’s next big Windows Phone 7 bring up to date, will be coming this fall, but Microsoft likely will roll out Mango tools for developers later this month, the company declared today. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 11, 2011 in SDK, WP7

 

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Google opens AdMob SDK for Windows Phone 7, updates for iOS and Android


Google Inc. had big plans for AdMob when it acquired the mobile ad network for $750 million in stock in 2009 and now it’s opening up the platform for Windows Phone 7.

The company rolled out out a beta SDK (software development kit) for Microsoft Corp.’s Windows Phone 7 to give developers a path to start integrating its ad products into applications for the young operating system.

AdMob currently reaches more than 50,000 applications across Apple Inc.’s iOS, Google’s Android and Hewlett-Packard Co.’s webOS, Mark Schaaf, director of engineering on mobile ads at Google, wrote in a blog post announcing the news.

The SDK gives developers a mechanism to bring AdMob’s inventory into their apps and determine what types of ads will be displayed. Formats include text, banner and a variety of post-click actions that, for example, could lead users to an app store.

“We have also taken steps to customize the ad experience for the look and feel of the Windows Phone 7 platform and make it easy for users to return to their application after engaging with the ad,” Schaaf wrote.

With the new SDK for Windows Phone 7, Google is also updating its SDKs for iOS and Android to offer greater support for HTML5-based ad units and full-screen interstitial formats for tablets.

Source: http://www.rcrwireless.com/article/20110316/CONTENT_MOBILE_MARKETING/110319961/google-opens-admob-sdk-for-windows-phone-7-updates-for-ios-and

 
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Posted by on March 18, 2011 in Android, Microsoft, Windows Phone 7

 

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GDC 2011: Microsoft under strong pressure to release native SDK for Windows Phone 7


Microsoft’s decision – more political than technical – to restrict Windows Phone 7 developers to its C# managed code platform is coming under increasing pressure. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 7, 2011 in Microsoft, Windows Phone 7

 

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