Updated Components for Windows Phone 7 Development

At MIX, we released an early preview of our support for building applications for Windows Phone 7 that only ran on a pre-release version of the .NET Framework.

If you have been holding off on upgrading to the latest versions of Expression Blend, Visual Studio, or .NET 4, wait no more! Today, we (along with the Windows Phone team) are releasing an update to the components we released last month to work on the final version of .NET Framework 4.

Download everything you need below:

blendicon_3 Expression Blend 4 RC (Refresh)

Windows Phone Development
Besides the RC posted above, you will need the following components installed for developing Windows Phone apps:

  1. Windows Phone Developer Tools

  2. Microsoft Expression Blend Add-in for Windows Phone

  3. Microsoft Expression Blend SDK for Windows Phone

Besides support for .NET 4, there have been some general improvements to the overall design experience, emulator updates, and breaking API changes. You can get a broader overview on the Windows Phone Developer blog.

As always, we love to hear from you. Please feel free to comment below or use our forums here.

- The Expression Blend Team

Comments (6)

  1. The Blend 4 RC (Refresh) link points to the Blend 4 Beta installer. Here is the correct link to Blend 4 RC:


  2. Kirupa (MS) says:

    Thanks  for  pointing  out  that  mistake. I  will  have  that  link  fixed  shortly.



  3. No problem, thanks for the quick update! For others reading this, the link has been fixed.

  4. Alex says:

    Any word on the final release? (release date, etc)

  5. Curt says:

    I've had 4.0.20421.0 installed for almost four weeks and find that I am badly tripped up by the lack of CallMethodAction and InvokeCommandAction–they don't appear in my behaviors list for WP7 projects (there are only 7 behaviors listed for WP7). Might this be an installation issue or are they missing from the phone add-in? It would be great to have them.

  6. Leshka says:

    how about installing it on win2008r2?

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