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Now available: Emulators for Windows Phone 8.0 Update 3

Microsoft just released new emulator images for Windows Phone 8.0 Updates 2 and 3 to the Microsoft Download Center.

Update 2 Emulators: The existing Windows Phone Update 2 (v 8.0.10322) emulator installer has been refreshed to support Visual Studio 2013 RTM development environments.

Update 3 Emulators: This is a new set of emulator images that correspond to Windows Phone Update 3. In addition to updating the existing five emulator images to 8.0.10512, Update 3 also includes a new 1080p image for emulating the Lumia 1520 experience.

Both of these emulator updates are optional installations for the Windows Phone SDK 8.0, available for WPDevs interested in testing their against the latest Windows Phone 8.0 updates. For more information, see the WPDev blog posts on the emulator updates and developing for large screen 1080p devices.

Happy new year!


Whitepaper: Updating your app from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 Preview

This paper provides information about how to migrate a Windows Store app built for Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 Preview. It provides guidelines for developers to successfully port their existing Windows 8 code investments to Windows 8.1. It assumes that the reader is familiar with Windows Store app development, the Windows Runtime, either XAML or the Windows Library for JavaScript (WinJS).

This information applies to the following operating systems:

Windows® 8.1 Preview
Windows 8

The current version of this paper is maintained on the web at:

Also familiriaze yourself with the Windows 8.1 New APIs and features for developers at:



Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” update begins now

This morning, at roughly 10 a.m. Pacific time, we began rolling out the Mango update to phones around the world. I’m sure you’re as excited as we are: Windows Phone 7.5 (aka Mango) is our largest and most feature-packed software refresh to date.


But hey!!! there’s more. If you updated your phone to Mango Beta you don’t need to roll back. See Updating OS from Beta 2 to RTM.


Enjoy your new fruit!

Windows Phone Mango (almost) rtm version and tools refresh available

windows-phone-logoIf you’d like to get the latest features like twitter, LinkedIn etc. to your developer Mango phone now that’s possible.



Now you can download the Windows Phone SDK 7.1 “Beta 2 Refresh” from the ‘Mango’ Connect site. We’ve received positive feedback on the Mango tools and bits we’ve shared, but appreciate that many devs are still interested in working with a more complete build. Today’s refresh of the tools represent a month of great progress by the engineering team, further refining and improving the Mango developer experience.

If that isn’t exciting enough, Microsoft also pushed an OS update to the Microsoft Update servers, allowing you to refresh retail Windows Phones that devs updated to Mango over the last month.

Check out the details from http://windowsteamblog.com/windows_phone/b/wpdev/archive/2011/07/27/wpsdk-beta-2-refresh-for-mango-devs.aspx and Start your engines

The Surface 2.0 SDK available

surfaceMicrosoft announced the release of the Microsoft Surface 2.0 SDK and new developer center. Please go to www.msdn.com/windows/surface to get the SDK and use the training and tools for application development.

Surface 2.0 SDK Highlights:

The Microsoft® Surface® 2.0 SDK makes it easy to create engaging experiences, using multitouch and object interaction, for the next generation device for Microsoft Surface – the Samsung SUR40 for Microsoft Surface.

The Microsoft® Surface® 2.0 SDK is a set of controls, APIs, templates, tools, sample applications, and documentation for application developers.  Using the familiar .NET Framework 4.0, Windows Presentation Framework 4.0 (WPF) or XNA framework 4.0, and the Surface 2.0 SDK, developers can create applications that take advantage of the new PixelSense™ technology delivered in the Surface 2.0 platform. The Surface 2.0 SDK replaces the Surface Toolkit for Windows Touch beta that was released in 2010.

Starting now, application developers can download the free Surface 2.0 SDK and take advantage of training and resources at www.msdn.com/windows/surface


Get certified for Windows Phone competence

Windows Phone Overview

Windows-Phone-7The Windows Phone Application Platform enables developers to create engaging consumer experiences. Windows Phone is built on existing Microsoft tools and technologies, such as Microsoft Visual Studio, Expression Blend, and Microsoft Silverlight. Developers familiar with these technologies and tools will be able to create new applications for Windows Phone without a steep learning curve. Industry forecasts indicate that Windows Phone will become the second most popular mobile operating system by 2015.

· Read about Windows Phone predictions (pcworld.com)

· View the MIX11 keynote covering Windows Phone

A new Microsoft Certified Professional Developer certification on Windows Phone is coming soon! This certification helps validate a candidate’s knowledge and skills on designing and developing applications for the Windows Phone platform. Candidates can earn this MCPD by passing three exams: 70-506, 70-516, and 70-599. The last exam required for this certification is scheduled to release in mid-July.

Please note that while customers can begin earning the MCPD: Windows Phone Developer certification at any time by passing the exams below, the certification will not be visible on a candidate’s transcript until September 2011.


Recertification Requirement

Windows Phone technology is updated frequently. As a result, the skills required to be a successful Windows Phone developer will evolve rapidly. To ensure that developers who hold the MCPD: Windows Phone Developer certification keep pace with the evolution of Windows Phone skills, they will be required to recertify every two years in order to demonstrate continued competence as the skills needed to develop applications on Windows Phone change. Through recertification, we can maintain the value of the certification as the technology changes over time. More information about this recertification requirement will be provided at a later date.

Training Materials and Learning Plans

Some great resources are available to help developers get started on the Windows Phone platform:


· Windows Phone Training Course

· Windows Phone Jump Start video

· Windows Phone Virtual Labs

· XNA Framework 4.0 for Windows Phones (MSDN)

· The Silverlight and XNA Frameworks for Windows Phone (MSDN)

See the table below for information about training materials and learning plans that map to these exams.


Classroom training

Microsoft Press books

Learning Plan

Exam 70-516 TS: Accessing Data with Microsoft .NET Framework 4

10265A: Developing Data Access Solutions with Microsoft Visual Studio 2010

MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-516): Accessing Data with Microsoft .NET Framework 4

Learning Plan for Exam 70-516

Exam 70-506 TS: Silverlight 4, Development

10553A: Fundamentals of XAML and Expression Blend1

10554A: Developing Rich Internet Applications using Microsoft Silverlight 42

Not available

Learning Plan for 70-506

Exam 70-599 PRO: Designing and Developing Windows Phone Applications3

Not available

Not available

Learning Plan for Exam 70-599

1Releases July 2011

2Releases August 2011

3Note that candidates who earn the MCPD: Windows Phone Developer certification will be required to show continued competence in this technology area by completing a recertification exam every two years.

Kinect SDK Beta is now available.

kinect_logo_thumb1The Channel 9 team will be broadcasting live from the Channel 9 studios for a special Kinect focused event today, June 16th 2011 from 19:30 PM (GMT +2)

Head to http://channel9.msdn.com/live, June 16th 2011, at 20:00 (GMT+2) for a live and interactive broadcast featuring the Kinect sensor. If you miss the event you’ll be able to se the recordings later on at http://channel9.msdn.com.

As you watch live submit your questions via Twitter with the #Ch9Live hashtag and we’ll do our best to answer them for you in real time.

The broadcast will be in IIS smooth streaming 720P so please ensure you have Silverlight installed and for the full high definition experience select "Fullscreen" from within the player.

This is something that you DON’T want to miss.

oh…and have fun as you have all the tools now too..

The availability of Kinect™ for Windows® Software Development Kit (SDK) from Microsoft Research is now reality.

It’s a free beta release for noncommercial applications. The SDK is designed to empower a growing community of developers, academic researchers and enthusiasts to create new experiences that include depth sensing, human motion tracking, and voice and object recognition using Kinect technology on Windows 7. The Kinect for Windows SDK can be downloaded today at no cost for development of noncommercial applications at http://research.microsoft.com/kinectsdk.

The Kinect for Windows SDK, which works with Windows 7, includes drivers, rich APIs for Raw Sensor Streams, natural user interfaces, installer documents and resource materials. The SDK provides Kinect capabilities to developers building applications with C++, C# or Visual Basic® using Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2010.

Features of the SDK include the following:

· Raw Sensor Streams. Developers have access to raw data streams from depth sensor, color camera sensor and the four-element microphone array. These will allow them to build upon the low-level streams generated by the Kinect sensor.

· Skeletal Tracking. The SDK has the capability to track the skeleton image of one or two people moving within the Kinect field of view, making it possible to create gesture-driven applications.

· Advanced Audio Capabilities. Audio processing capabilities include sophisticated noise suppression and echo cancellation, beam formation to identify the current sound source, and integration with the Windows speech recognition API.

· Ease of installation. The SDK quickly installs in a standard way for Windows 7 with no complex configuration required and a complete installer size of less than 100 MB. Developers can get up and running in just a few minutes with a standard standalone Kinect sensor unit widely available at retail.

· Extensive documentation. The SDK includes more than 100 pages of high-quality technical documentation. In addition to built-in help files, the documentation includes detailed walkthroughs for most samples provided with the SDK.

Have an awesome summer.