The Windows Phone team released the final bits for Windows Phone 7 – Developer Tools released to web (RTW). The tooling is free and will integrate with Visual Studio 2010 and Expression Blend 4 if you have them installed as well. This is the same powerful and easy to use Visual Studio integrated developer environment (IDE) handles developing Windows Phone 7 phone applications.
The Windows Phone 7 Developer Tools package includes everything you need to write awesome applications and games for Windows Phone 7. All of the tools included in it are absolutely free. But make sure that you’ll need to uninstall the beta version before installing the RTW version.
The Windows Phone Developer Tools includes the following:
- Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone – Free Edition of Visual Studio 2010 for development
- Windows Phone Emulator Resources – Hardware accelerated emulator to run and debug your apps without requiring WP7 device
- Silverlight 4 Tools For Visual Studio – for building great applications for WP7
- XNA Game Studio 4.0 – to build great 2D and 3D games for WP7
- Microsoft Expression Blend for Windows Phone – Free version of Blend for Windows Phone 7 development
- Phone Registration Tool – When you get a device, this allows you to “unlock” the device so you can run/debug your application on it, using your Marketplace account.
So why don’t you wait? You can download it from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=04704acf-a63a-4f97-952c-8b51b34b00ce.
The best part is all of the above tools and frameworks are packaged into one setup. If you already have Visual Studio 2010, the setup will also add support for Windows Phone 7 development and projects to your full Visual Studio 2010.
Also applications and games you build with the tools released today can be uploaded to the Windows Phone Marketplace – which enables any phone consumer to easily download and purchase them directly from their phone. This provides a great way to distribute applications/games that you either get paid for or distribute for free. Install the above developer tools, try building new WP7 apps and don’t forget to keep them in Windows Phone Marketplace.
Nice way to start building WP7 apps!!