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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!


Windows Phone 8 SDK Preview program is now open

LUM920_EmoImage_Inferno_02_Yellow_RGB_150dpiToday we begin accepting requests for access to the Windows Phone SDK 8.0 Developer Preview program. The objective is to let developers of our most-downloaded apps start optimizing them for Windows Phone 8, and we expect the majority of published developers in this situation to qualify for access.

To apply, please visit the Microsoft Connect site and complete a short application. Be sure to have your Developer ID and Application’s Product ID on hand, as well as the name of your local Phone Champ (For Finland that’s Drazen Dodik). We’ll be taking applications until Monday, September 17 at 5pm PDT. If you’re accepted to the program, you’ll hear from us in the following week with instructions on how to download the SDK and get support for questions and issues.

Today you may have also seen the online launch event for Visual Studio 2012. The Windows Phone SDK 8.0 is built on top of Visual Studio 2012, and will give you the ability to build applications and games that target both Windows Phone 8 as well as Windows Phone 7.5. Windows Phone SDK 7.1 can be installed side-by-side with Visual Studio 2012 and runs on Windows 8.


Now Available: WPSDK 7.1.1 Update

As just announced on the Windows Phone Developer Blog, the release of the Windows Phone SDK 7.1.1 Update is now available for immediate download on the Microsoft Download Center.

The WPSDK 7.1.1 Update provides developers with a WPSDK patch that enables developers to develop and test for the recently announced Windows Phone 7.5 256 MB devices, as well as enable developers to run the WPSDK 7.1 on the Windows 8 Consumer Preview release via the following:

  • Updated 512 MB OS Emulator Image: An updated build Windows Phone OS 7.1 (Build 8773)
  • New 256 MB OS Emulator Image: A new Windows Phone OS 7.1 emulator image (Build 8773) that emulates running on 256 MB devices
  • Emulator Choice: Ability to debug or run your WP apps in either the 256 MB or 512 MB emulator
  • Windows 8 Support: An updated emulator is included, which can run on Windows 8
  • IntelliSense support for adding the new 512 MB requirement to the Windows Phone App Manifest file

New since the CTP release last month:

  • ‘Go Live’ license: The update now has a ‘Go Live’ license; developers running WPSDK 7.1.1 are now empowered to publish their Windows Phone apps to the Windows Phone Marketplace.
  • Full Localization: WPSDK now supports all 10 IDE languages; and the OS image now has Malay and Indonesian
  • Windows 8 Support: The updated emulator will now run on Windows 8; note that the OS is still not officially supported by developer support until the final OS release

Links of Interest:


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New opportunities for Windows Phone devs to sell your apps

Microsoft have just announced support for a new series of lower cost devices like the Nokia Lumia 610 which will bring the amazing Windows Phone experience with great Hardware to new markets. These phones will open the door to new price points with high volume and customer segments in several high growth markets. Windows Phone 7.5 refresh now enables our partners to deliver phones using a lower cost processor (the Qualcomm 7x27a “system on a chip”) and reduced memory (256MB on-board memory) –-while still delivering the buttery-smooth Windows Phone experience. This spring we’re going to bring that experience to a lot more people!

As you know, we recently enabled Windows Phone Marketplace in Argentina, Indonesia, Malaysia, Peru and the Philippines. Coming this month we plan to extend Marketplace to customers in 23 more markets, including; Bahrain, Bulgaria, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, Estonia, Iceland, Iraq, Israel, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, Ukraine, Venezuela and Vietnam.

That’s 28 new consumer markets this year alone, for a total of 63 markets worldwide where your Windows Phone apps may be sold. In terms of actual potential app customers, the addition of new price points and customers in China and the other new markets represents a near 60% increase in the total addressable market for Windows Phone.

This is an awesome change to increase the distribution of your Windows Phone application to include these new Marketplaces.

To expand your app’s reach to Windows Phone owners in these new countries, just log into App Hub and add the markets from the list—or choose “Worldwide Distribution” if you would like your app to appear in all 63 of the Marketplaces now available. You will need to do this even if you’ve previously opted to make your app available worldwide. As a reminder — Bahrain, China, Indonesia, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE—are subject to additional certification requirements due to local laws or norms. Check Section 3.10 of our content policy for more details.

To help you test and fine-tune your applications for these new devices, we’re providing an update to the Windows Phone SDK. We released a technical preview of the 7.1.1 SDK Update that gives you access to the 256MB emulator to let you determine how your apps install and run on lower memory devices. This preview does not include a “go live” license so you can’t publish apps created with it. A final version of the SDK, complete with the go-live license, will be available later this month.

Enjoy the new Markets for your apps!

SkyDrive APIs for Docs and Photos—now ready to cloud enable apps on Windows 8, Windows Phone and more

windows-live-logoWith the announcements on Windows Store we wanted to share new work we were doing to help developers on Windows, Windows Phone and other platforms use SkyDrive in their applications. A few months ago as part of the preview of Windows Live for Windows 8, we announced the availability of the developer preview, the next version of the Live Connect APIs and the newly created Live SDK. A major change to the API was to address feedback we’d gotten from developers about access to SkyDrive. The primary change for SkyDrive was providing the ability for applications to fully access, upload and share documents, photos and videos from a user’s cloud storage in SkyDrive.

With the integration into Windows Phone and Windows 8, SkyDrive is a key part of your “device cloud,” letting you work and play easily across your PC and phone. SkyDrive also works with apps like Microsoft Office and OneNote so you can organize, collaborate and share from anywhere. We believe that the most value for our customers comes when more people and more apps can connect to the cloud from most available devices. This goes beyond device platforms and applications built by Microsoft. With this API change, any app on any platform now gets to take advantage of the fact that any user with a Windows Live ID, including every Windows 8 user, has free cloud storage in SkyDrive that they can integrate into their experience to access their documents and photos.

I’m happy to tell that the new version of the Live Connect APIs and the Live SDK for Windows Phone has now shipped. Please read more to learn more about what’s available now, or visit the Live Connect developer center to get even more details.

Enjoy !!

Need a Windows Phone for development ?

I have Windows Phone devices to share for devs that are building apps to Marketplace but need a device for testing/developing it.

Find me at Technet Finland 2011 – UX Phone track (www.microsoft.fi/technet2011) and pitch me your project.

New Windows Phone is here and goes on tour around Finland – Geeks On Wheels registration is open.



Check the the locations and register now:


8:00 AM
Arrival and Registration

9:00 AM
General information for Students
We’re going to talk about the tour, MSP-program, student tech clubs, ImagineCup and huippuedullinen.fi,
ITAcademy & FacultyConnection.

9:45 AM

10:00 AM
Windows Phone 7.5 Overview for Developers
Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) is a different kind of phone, architected to put the focus on end users and the people important to them. Developers on the Windows Phone platform build compelling, connected experiences that enhance the phone and integrate tightly with the end-user experience. In this session we’ll provide an overview of Windows Phone device and platform and discuss why you should make Windows Phone a platform for your apps.

10:45 AM
Building Windows Phone 7.5 Applications with Visual Studio 2010
In this session we’ll review how with Visual Studio you get all the tools you need to get your app to market fast. We’ll cover the basic tools for building Windows Phone apps including creating, editing, compiling and debugging. We’ll also cover deploying to physical devices and to the emulator for testing.

11:45 AM

12:45 AM
Building Windows Phone 7.5 Apps with Silverlight
This session will get you started building your first application. We’ll cover tooling and extensibility. We’ll also dive into the unique "Metro" design of Windows Phone and how with Silverlight your apps can feel to the end-user as if they are native. We’ll also show you how Expression Blend speeds collaboration between designers and coders.

1:45 PM
Windows Phone 7.5 Fast Application Switching, Tombstoning and Multitasking
With Windows Phone 7.5 comes the ability for users to switch quickly between running applications. This dramatically enhances the end-user experience and will be expected by end-users. In this session you’ll learn how fast app switching works and how to prepare your application for this new functionality. Finally we’ll cover how to incorporate background tasks into your applications for notifications, file transfers and audio.

2:45 PM

3:00 PM
Live Tiles and Push Notifications
The Live Tile is a defining experience of the Windows Phone 7.5 platform (Mango) and end-users have come to expect apps to provide full support for that. In this session we’ll dive deep into Live Tiles to review what they are, how to include them in your apps, as well as how to leverage the Push Notification service. We’ll also cover the newer capabilities in Mango including: multiple Live Tiles per app, Live Tiles that don’t require server side infrastructure and linking directly from toast notifications deep into pages of your app.

3:45 PM
Best Practices
Best practices from Artudo Toledo’s session (Marketing Product Manager, Silverlight & Expression team, Microsoft Corporation Redmond)

4:30 PM
Monetizing a Windows Phone 7.5 Application
This session will provide you with the insights you need into the tools and processes necessary to begin distributing and monetize your app in the Windows Phone Marketplace. Windows Phone 7.5 provides several distinctive characteristics (e.g. trial API) that you’ll take advantage of to build applications that stand out.

5:00 PM
What’s Next / Resources
In this hand-out you will find a road map for further learning on other and more advanced capabilities. We’ll send you on your way with a detailed list of resources that will help you stay on track as you design and develop your windows Phone app.

Event ends

Check out the the locations and register now