Microsoft’s Windows Phone team announced that Developer Tools are now final for those who want to create apps for Windows phone 7. Developers do need to download the most current version of the Developer Tools to get their creation certified for Windows Marketplace for Mobile. According to Microsoft, “Everything you need to begin developing apps is included in a single download: Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone, the Windows Phone Emulator, Expression Blend 4 for Windows Phone, and XNA Game Studio 4.0. The installer is smart enough to download only what you need, and the tools will work with your existing Visual Studio 2010 and Expression Blend 4 installations.” Developers can find more information from the Windows Phone blog.
Additionally, aside from the developer-related tidbit, the company is now showing off some big app titles for consumers. The company had demoed 7 nearly-final apps for Twitter, Netflix, OpenTable, Flixter, Travelocity, and others–the top five are available from Channel9.
While Microsoft has been keen on including smaller, independent developers with its tools, the company has also been reaching out to larger studios and companies to build up its apps library, the result of which include the gorgeous near-finalized versions above. Additionally, Windows Phone 7 will also provide a gaming ecosystem with Xbox Live integration.
Thanks to Denis Jelec for the news tip.
(via: Windows Team Blog)