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!
Here is the selected parts of Joe’s blog post…
The power of Windows
If you’ve seen Windows 8, Microsoft’s groundbreaking new release for PCs and tablets, you’ve probably noticed it bears more than a passing resemblance to the look of Windows Phone. Here’s how the Windows 8 Start screen looks in the latest preview release.
With Windows Phone 8, the similarity is more than skin deep. We’ve based the next release of Windows Phone on the rock-solid technology core of Windows 8. It means Windows Phone and its bigger sibling will share common networking, security, media and web browser technology, and a common file system. That translates into better performance, more features, and new opportunities for app developers and hardware makers to innovate faster.
This new shared core—along with all the extra work we’ve done on top of it—opens up a new world of capabilities, which you don’t have to be a techie to appreciate.
- Multi-core processor support: As reviewers have noted, Windows Phone runs buttery smooth on phones with a single processor. But piggybacking on the Windows core provides support for multiple cores—so we’re ready for whatever hardware makers dream up.
- Bigger, sharper screens: Windows Phone 8 supports two new screen resolutions—1280×768 and 1280×720, opening the door to amazing new handsets with high-definition 720p displays.
- More flexible storage: Windows Phone 8 supports removable MicroSD cards, so you can stuff your phone with extra photos, music, and whatever else is important to you, and then easily move it all onto your PC.
- NFC wireless sharing: If you haven’t heard the term “NFC” yet, I’m betting you soon will. This emerging wireless technology lets phones share things over short distances. In Windows Phone 8, it helps make sharing photos, Office docs, and contact info easier—just tap your phone another NFC-equipped device. How cool is that?
- Internet Explorer 10: The next version of Windows Phone comes with the same web browsing engine that’s headed for Window 8 PCs and tablets. IE10 is faster and more secure, with advanced anti-phishing features like SmartScreen Filter to block dangerous websites and malware.
- Wallet: Windows Phone 8’s new digital Wallet feature does two great things. It can keep debit and credit cards, coupons, boarding passes, and other important info right at your fingertips. And when paired with a secure SIM from your carrier, you can also pay for things with a tap of your phone at compatible checkout counters.
- Better maps and directions: Windows Phone 8 builds in Nokia mapping as part of the platform. Our partnership will provide more detailed maps and turn-by-turn directions in many countries, plus the ability to store maps offline on your phone so you can work with maps without a data connection.
- Cooler apps and games: Basing Windows Phone 8 on the Windows core will unleash a new wave of amazing apps and especially games, for reasons I’ll touch on in a moment.
A new Start
Windows Phone 8 has a ton of great new consumer features that will be revealed in the months ahead.
Here just one: the beautiful, flexible new Start screen.
As you can see, we’re making Windows Phone 8 even more personal, with a new palette of theme colors and three sizes of Live Tiles, all of which are under your control. We know Live Tiles are one of the things current owners really love about their Windows Phones, and we wanted to make them even more flexible and unique. This short video shows the new Start screen in action.
The new Start screen is so useful and emblematic of what Windows Phone is about that we want everybody to enjoy it. So we’ll be delivering it to existing phones as a software update sometime after Window Phone 8 is released. Let me repeat: If you currently own a Windows Phone 7.5 handset, Microsoft is planning to release an update with the new Windows Phone 8 Start screen. We’re calling it “Windows Phone 7.8.”
Some of you have been wondering, “Will we also get Windows Phone 8 as an update?” The answer, unfortunately, is no.
Windows Phone 8 is a generation shift in technology, which means that it will not run on existing hardware. BUT we care deeply about our existing customers and want to keep their phones fresh, so we’re providing the new Start screen in this new update.
Developers, developers, developers
Since we’re talking about apps, Developers can expect something cool in Windows Phone 8. Some of the exciting changes on the way include:
- Native code support: Windows Phone 8 has full C and C++ support, making it easier to write apps for multiple platforms more quickly. It also means Windows Phone 8 supports popular gaming middleware such as Havok Vision Engine, Autodesk Scaleform, Audiokinetic Wwise, and Firelight FMOD, as well as native DirectX-based game development.
- In-app payments: In Windows Phone 8 we make it possible for app makers to sell virtual and digital goods within their apps.
- Integrated Internet calling: In Windows Phone 8, developers can create VoIP apps that plug into our existing calling feature so Internet calls can be answered like traditional phone calls, using the same calling interface.
- Multitasking enhancements. Windows Phone 8 now allows location-based apps like exercise trackers or navigation aids to run in the background, so they keep working even when you’re doing other things on your phone.
This is just a taste. Later this summer, we’ll have much more for developers on the Windows Phone 8 Software Development Kit (SDK) and the new Visual Studio 11-based development tools. So stay tuned.
Windows Phone 8 @ work
In Windows Phone 8, we’re also moving into the workplace in a big way, introducing a number of features and capabilities that companies and their IT departments demand. This is just one more benefit of sharing a common core with Windows 8. Some of the new business-friendly features include:
- Device encryption: To help keep everything from documents to passwords safe, Windows Phone 8 includes built-in technology to encrypt the entire device, including the operating system and data files.
- Better security: Windows Phone 8 supports the United Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) secure boot protocol and features improved app “sandboxing,” so the phone is better protected from malware with multiple layers of security.
- Remote management: With Windows Phone 8, IT departments can manage apps and phones remotely, with tools similar to ones they now employ for Windows PCs.
- Company Hub and apps: Companies can create their own Windows Phone 8 Hub for custom employee apps and other critical business info.
New languages, update process
Windows Phone 8 will support a total of 50 languages, or double the current geographic coverage. We’re also expanding Marketplace, our store for apps and games, to support app downloads in over 180 countries—nearly triple its current footprint.
Another area I know many of you care deeply about is Windows Phone software updates and how they’re delivered—something we’ve gotten a lot of feedback on over the last year. Today I’m excited to tell you that we’ve been working closely with our many partners to improve the update process for Windows Phone 8, and help get you our latest software more quickly and easily.
How? First, Windows Phone 8 updates will be delivered wirelessly over-the-air, so you don’t have to bother plugging your phone into your PC to update anymore. Second, we will support devices with updates for at least 18 months from device launch.
Finally, we’re working to create a program that gives registered enthusiasts early access to updates prior to broad availability—a little gift to our biggest fans and supporters. We think these three initiatives will help keep your phone fresher than ever before.
And this is just a sneak peek…
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:
- Windows Phone SDK 7.1.1 Update CTP Download Center page
- Full URI: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=e22d8df7-d20f-4e6a-9abe-2005ce32e117
- FWLink: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=244021
- WPDev.ms: http://wpdev.ms/wpsdk71update
- What’s New: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh855084(v=vs.92).aspx
- Developing for 256 MB Devices: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh855081(v=vs.92).aspx
Direct Download Links
- Patch Binary: (English), (French), (Italian), (German), (Spanish), (Japanese), (Korean), (Russian), (Simplified Chinese), (Traditional Chinese)
- Release Notes: (English), (French), (Italian), (German), (Spanish), (Japanese), (Korean), (Russian), (Simplified Chinese), (Traditional Chinese)
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.
*** IMPORTANT ***
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.
*** IMPORTANT ***
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!
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.
Check the the locations and register now:
Arrival and Registration
General information for Students
We’re going to talk about the tour, MSP-program, student tech clubs, ImagineCup and huippuedullinen.fi,
ITAcademy & FacultyConnection.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Best practices from Artudo Toledo’s session (Marketing Product Manager, Silverlight & Expression team, Microsoft Corporation Redmond)
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.
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.
The Windows Phone Software Development Kit (SDK) 7.1 has now been available for a while and what a projects I’ve seen so far..
These new tools provides you with all of the tools that you need to develop applications and games for both Windows Phone 7.0 and Windows Phone 7.5 devices.
Many thousands have already downloaded these but I wanted provide direct links to the downloads.
These you’ve probably have already seen:
- WPSDK 7.1 on the Download Center: http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=27570
- WPSDK 7.1 Go Link: http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9772716
- WPDev.ms Link: http://wpdev.ms/wpsdk71rtw
And here are the direct links to ISO images:
- English (en-US): Web installer; ISO
- French (fr-FR): Web installer; ISO
- German (de-DE): Web installer; ISO
- Italian (it-IT): Web installer; ISO
- Japanese (ja-JP): Web installer; ISO
- Korean (ko-KR): Web installer; ISO
- Russian (ru-RU): Web installer; ISO
- Spanish (es-ES): Web installer; ISO
- Traditional Chinese (zh-TW): Web installer; ISO