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Useful Links: Windows Phone SDK

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Yesterday at BUILD we announced the availability of the Windows Phone 8.0 SDK and I thought it would be good to share some of the useful links relating to that announcement with you alongside the key announcement information that went with these.

Windows Phone SDK 8.0 includes development support for Windows Phone 8, support for C++ games and apps, an updated emulator for Windows Phone 8, Windows Phone support for Visual Studio 2012 (both 7 and 8), and is easier to port apps between Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.  Developers who don’t have Visual Studio can use the Visual Studio 2012 Express for Windows Phone to create their apps.  If a developer has Visual Studio 2012 Professional, Premium, or Ultimate; it will add the Windows Phone development projects to their IDE.

Top 10 features are:

1.         New Windows Phone developers can bring their existing skills to start creating apps right away.  Use XAML/.NET to write apps or DirectX/C++ to create games for Windows Phone.

2.         Tie Windows Phone apps with web services to create outstanding experiences with Visual Studio Professional or higher with the Windows Phone add-in.

3.         Reduce development time for multi-platform games by using C++.

4.         Port existing OpenGL games to DirectX to take advantage of existing game libraries and logic with minimal alterations.

5.         Get clean web based game rendering with the improved HTML5 & JavaScript support in the IE10 web browser control.

6.         Fine tune your users’ experiences by taking advantage of Blend for Visual Studio 2012.

7.         Simulate the real world when testing your apps and games with the Windows Phone Emulator.

8.         Find CPU and memory issues faster with the Profiler.

9.         Minimize app certification time by using the pre-test for Windows Phone Store technical certification with Test Kit.

10.        Develop apps using Visual Studio 2012, one of the most productive integrated development environments (IDE) for turning ideas into software.


Be sure to register for the London Windows Phone Dev Camp happening on the 15th November – Just search United Kingdom to find the event!

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