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    Windows Phone SDK 7.1 “Beta 2 Refresh” Released - update your phone and tools


    Yesterday, the Windows Phone team released a refresh of the Windows Phone SDK 7.1 to registered developers. The refresh consists of two parts: the release of an updated Windows Phone SDK 7.1 and the Mango OS (Build 7712). Now is the time to install the updated tools and upgrade your phone.

    1. Install the tools: as a registered developer to App Hub you should have received an activation code to Microsoft Connect. Check out the list of resources for Mango developers here.
    2. Upgrade the phone: the process to update your phone with build 7712 is pretty straight-forward if you follow the steps. Note this build is not a RTM build – it’s still a pre-release build.
      Follow the steps defined in the download manual, reading the details will save you running into issues so don’t skip that part.

    Some of the new tooling features include profiler improvements, emulator screenshot feature, support for installing NuGet with the free Windows Phone SDK tools.

    >> You can find the fully detailed info on the official blog by the Windows Phone team at

    Windows Phone Developer blog.

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    Register for the first networking event at Brussels’ Microsoft Innovation Center


    Passing on an announcement from my colleagues of the MIC Brussels. After a successful MIC in Mons these past years, join the first networking event at the new MIC Brussels.

    Book your agenda and join us for the launch of the first MIC's Thursday on September the 15th!

    As you probably have read in the press, the Brussels Region and Microsoft have decided to launch together a new Microsoft Innovation Center (or MIC) in Brussels with a focus on Cloud technologies. The goal of the MICs (there are about 110 in the world) is to sustain IT innovation and local IT startups projects at a regional level.

    You are wondering what the new MIC Brussels can bring to you? You are an IT company, a startup or a student in IT and you are passionate about new business and technological opportunities?

    We would like to invite you to join us on Thursday the 15th of September, to discover our MIC Brussels project, our 2011 activities agenda and to have the opportunity to hear about YOUR projects.

    During a breath taking afternoon from 15:00 to 19:00:

    • Welcome introduction
      by Benoit Cerexhe, Minister of economy,
      and Philippe Rogge, General Manager of Microsoft Belux
    • What is the MIC? a great tool to support Local Software economy,
      by Ben Piquard, director of the MICs in Belgium
    • Presentation of the MIC Brussels activities and fall 2011 agenda,
      by Pénélope Roux, project manager
    • First MIC’s thursDay: monthly think tank about technological and business best practices in the IT industry for the local Brussels IT sector.
    • Informal discussion and closing drinks

    Register here!

    We’re looking forward to meeting you @ MIC’s thursDay ! :)

    The MIC Brussels Management Team
    Bruno Wattenbergh, Ben Piquard, Jean-Pierre Rucci and Penelope Roux.

    Follow The MIC Brussels team:


    DATE :
    15th of September
    from 15:00 to 19:00

    VENUE :
    MIC Brussels
    Avenue des Nerviens 85
    1040 Brussels



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    Windows Phone 7.1 (Mango) SDK Beta 2 and device upgrade for registered developers


    Last week, the Windows Phone Developer team announced the availability of Windows Phone OS 7.1 codenamed Mango for registered Windows Phone developers. This means that as of now, registered developers can update their retail device to the Beta 2 of Mango.

    Here are some details about this program:

    Make sure you read all the steps in detail before upgrading your phone. I took the time to go through the document fully before starting any download and must admit following each step as described worked out to perfection. I’m now a happy Mango tester!

    > Read the full announcement at the Windows Phone developer blog: Developers Get Goody Basket Full of Mangos.

    Special offer for students: get a free developer device

    Another great announcement, students can get a free special Mango developer device, by creating a mock-up for the next Windows Phone app!
    Here’s what to do:

    Some Resources

    So, what are you going to BUILD on Mango?

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