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You can download the Windows Phone SDK 7.1 “Beta 2 Refresh” from the ‘Mango’ Connect site, according to the Windows Phone blog post Another Helping of Mango for Devs.
According to Cliff Simpkins of the Windows Phone team, “We’ve received positive feedback on the Mango tools and bits we’ve shared, but appreciate that many devs are still interested in working with a more complete build. Today’s refresh of the tools represent a month of great progress by the engineering team, further refining and improving the Mango developer experience.”
The release is a genuine release candidate build, with enough code checked in and APIs locked down that this OS is close enough to RTM that, as a developer, it’s more than capable to see you through the upcoming RC drop of the tools and app submission.
Simpkins named the top five improvements for the SDK:
With WPSDK RC about a month away, now is the time to update your app to Mango:
Bruce D. Kyle ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation