Updated Windows Phone 7 Resources

Developing applications for Windows Phone 7 just got easier with a new update to the tools. 

The Windows Phone Developer Tools October update is now available for download from here.  This update brings:

  • Windows Phone Capability Detection Tool – Detects the phone capabilities used by your application. When you submit your application to Windows Phone Marketplace , Microsoft performs a code analysis to detect the phone capabilities required by your application and then replaces the list of capabilities in the application manifest with the result of this detection process. This tool performs the same detection process and allows you to test your application using the same list of phone capabilities generated during the certification process. For more information, see How to: Use the Capability Detection Tool.
  • Windows Phone Connect Tool – Allows you to connect your phone to a PC when Zune® software is not running and debug applications that use media APIs. For more information, see How to: Use the Connect Tool.
  • Updated Bing Maps Silverlight Control – Includes improvements to gesture performance when using Bing™ Maps Silverlight® Control.
  • Free eBook on Programming Windows Phone 7.  This eBook has had a couple of draft releases since MIX10 and is now available in final complete form.  The book is written by Charles Petzold and goes into a lot of depth on programming for both Silverlight and XNA for Windows Phone 7.  Download it and enjoy!

* This post originally appeared on Ahmed El-Ramly’s blog on 11/5/2010.