Free Windows Phone Developer Tools Available Now!

During the MIX 2010 keynote this morning, Microsoft will unveil the development platform for the Windows Phone 7 Series that will bring new applications to life. And guess what! The developer tools are free.

Microsoft has released a free comprehensive tool support package for Silverlight on Windows Phone 7 Series, available for download. Expression Blend for Windows Phone and a preview of Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone will be also included as part of the download.

Of course there will be a Marketplace: Microsoft made available a new merchandising tool that will enable developers and designers to bring applications and games to market and increase the discoverability of applications with customers while supporting one-time credit card purchases, mobile operator billing and advertising-funded applications.

Silverlight 4 Release Candidate (RC): In addition, Microsoft announced a release candidate (RC) for Silverlight 4 which will enable developers to create and deploy even more robust applications and rich interactive experiences.

Expression Blend 4 Beta: Microsoft revealed a new beta for its design and development workflow tool which includes features such as Path Layout to enable developers and designers to build and animate innovative UI design via ground-breaking visual layout mechanism, without the need to write code. The beta also supports Silverlight 4, .NET Framework 4 and Visual Studio 2010.

UPDATE: The developer tools can be downloaded from MSDN or developer.windowsphone.com after 11 AM Pacific Time.

UPDATE: Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone CTP Available Here.

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Adam has had interests in combining technology with art since his first use of a Koala pad on an Apple computer. He currently has a day job as a graphic designer, photographer, systems administrator and web developer at a small design firm in Westchester, NY. His love of technology extends to software development companies who have often implemented his ideas for usability and feature enhancements. Mobile computing has become a necessity for Adam since his first Uniden UniPro PC100 in 1998. He has been reviewing and writing about smartphones for Pocketnow.com since they first appeared on the market in 2002. Read more about Adam Lein!