Microsoft Free Tools for Windows Phone 7 Series Featuring Silverlight and XNA Framework

Written By Sam on 18 March 2010

Recent days, we wrote about the release of the most awaited Windows Phone 7 Series from Microsoft. Following this grandeur, Microsoft announced free tools for the Windows Phone 7 series at MIX10, leaving us spell bounded. Emphasizing on the application development platform for the mobile phones, Windows Phone 7 Series will combine Silverlight features and XNA Framework thus empowering developers and designers to develop enticingly rich applications and games for the mobile phones.

Windows Phone 7 Series will provide great application development experience to the developers and allows them work across a variety of devices and form factors at an ease. Features like Accelerometer, Location service information, Internet Information Services Smooth Streaming, camera, microphone support and Multi-touch functionalities can be easily utilized thus making end-to-end application development a much simpler process.

Bringing in rich application environment, powerful hardware, a fresh approach to software and a smart design, Windows Phone 7 Series will also include comprehensive tools support for the convenience of the developers and designers. These easy to install free tools include:

  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone
  • Windows Phone 7 Series add-in to use with Visual Studio 2010 RC
  • XNA Game Studio 4.0
  • Windows Phone 7 Series Emulator for application testing
  • Expression Blend for Windows Phone Community Technology Preview (available as a separate download)

Many leading application development companies including The Associated Press, Archetype International Inc, EA Mobile, Fandango Inc., Foursquare Labs, Glu Mobile Inc, Matchbox Mobile Ltd, Microsoft Game Studios, Namco Networks America Inc, Pandora Media Inc, PopCap Games Inc and many more are expected to utilize these new tools very soon. Along with these tools, Microsoft also announced Silverlight 4 and Expression Blend 4 Beta in MIX10.

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