We’ve been hoping to see a solution for Windows Phone 7 users to capture screenshots since the platform launched. In January, we thought that we might get our chance with the discovery of a Samsung driver that appeared to support taking screenshots, but it never materialised into a useful tool. Now we’ve received word that a working screenshot tool is available, currently undergoing beta testing.
Developer Julian Schapman has created a pair of programs, the Windows Phone Device Manager which runs on a PC and allows a coder to connect to a WP7 smartphone for app development and testing. On the smartphone side of things, his TouchXperience app gives you plenty of configuration options for your phone, and communicates back with WPDM on your computer. Schapman now reports that WPDM is capable of saving screenshots from a connected WP7 device.
It would be ideal if you could save screenshots directly to your phone, and as that’s the logical extension of this ability, we’re hoping Schapman is already at work on it. TouchXperience looks like it’s already a very impressive piece of software, enabling multitasking in advance of a Microsoft solution. For now, the beta’s closed to the public, available only to those who have donated to the project, but we’re hoping a public release is on its way shortly.