This toolkit is designed to make it easier for phone developers to leverage cloud services running in Windows Azure.  The toolkit includes Visual Studio project templates for Windows Phone 7 and Windows Azure, class libraries optimized for use on the phone, sample applications, and documentation.  You may find the resources here and a walk through tutorial.  What better way to gain experience than to compete in the Battle of the Apps competition with these new tools!

 

The toolkit contains the following resources:

 

§  Binaries – These are libraries we’ve written that you can use in your Windows Phone 7 applications to make it easier to work with Windows Azure (e.g. a full storage client library for blobs and tables). You can literally add these libraries to your existing Windows Phone 7 applications and immediate start leveraging services such as Windows Azure storage.

§  Docs – We’ve provided documentation that covers setup and configuration, a review of the toolkit content, getting started, and some troubleshooting tips.

§  Dependency Checker – As you’ve come to expect and love, we provide a full dependency checker to ensure that you have all the bits required in order to successfully use the toolkit.

§  Project Templates – We have built VSIX (which is the unit of deployment for a Visual Studio 2010 Extension) files that create project templates that make it easy for you to build brand new applications.

§  Samples – We have a sample application that fully leverages the toolkit, both available in C# and VB.NET.  The sample application is also built into one of the two project templates created by the toolkit.