Microsoft Finalizes Windows Phone 7 Developer Tools
Sep 16, 2010, 11:22 AM by Eric M. Zeman
Microsoft today announced via the Windows Phone Developers Blog that it has finalized the necessary tools developers will need to write and test applications, games and other content for the Windows Phone 7 platform. Microsoft says the tools are now available for free download from its web site. Developers may begin submitting applications to the Microsoft Marketplace for Mobile starting in early October. Microsoft notes that apps built with previous versions of the developer tools will fail, and they need to be reconfigured with the new tools before submission. Microsoft says it will take about five days for applications to either pass or fail certification. Developers will be able to check the status of their applications via the developer portal. Microsoft said that a number of well-known companies have already started work on Windows Phone 7 apps, including Twitter, Netflix, OpenTable, Flixter and Travelocity. Microsoft is expected to announce Windows Phone 7's official launch date in the near future.
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