Today the Windows Phone 7 Developer team blogged about the roadmap for the RTM version of the tools. Interesting to note that August marks six month anniversary of the public unveiling of the new Windows Phone platform at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. In that meantime a lot has happened: the developer and designer tooling was announced and made available at MIX10, a tools beta update for developers made available in June, launch Xbox Live game titles were announced...

Full details on the roadmap can be found in the team’s blog post: “A Developer’s Roadmap to Windows Phone 7 Launch Timing”.
Important to note is the developer tools RTM version will be made available on September 16th, and the marketplace submission for Windows Phone 7 apps will open early October. So the message for today is: make sure you register for the Marketplace today and finish off your application with the beta tools.

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If you’re living in Belgium you can even win some cash when developing your Windows Phone 7 application. We are looking for the best application that makes full use of the Windows Phone 7 platform, the more creative you are, the better your chances.

How can you participate?

  1. Register to participate before September 30, 2010.
  2. Publish your application to the Marketplace by Nov 30, 2010.
  3. Read the full contest terms and conditions here.

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Getting started with Windows Phone 7 design and development

You won’t believe the amount of information that’s already out there concerning developing and designing applications for WP7. I’ve selected a few of the most important resources to start with.

Training and resources

Windows Phone 7 Design Guidelines

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