Recently , Microsoft had announced the release of the Windows Phone Developer Tools CTP .
The development platform for developing the Windows Phone applications are based on Silverlight . The GUI looks good and clean too.
The runtimes that are supported are Silverlight, XNA Framework and .NET Compact Framework .
The developers can use the following frameworks for development
Silverlight – for developing XAML based Applications
XNA – for developing games.
The following tools can be used to develop and test the Windows phone applications . To test on the real device , the developers have to wait for some time .
- Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone CTP
- Windows Phone Emulator CTP
- Silverlight for Windows Phone CTP
- XNA 4.0 Game Studio CTP
- Expression Blend 4
The article in the MSDN states that there is already Add-in to integrate it to the existing visual studio version .
Visit Microsoft’s Download Center to download the Windows Phone Developer Tools and try the Windows Phone Developer Tools (CTP).
Looks like the Windows Phone 7 development tools for Visual Studio will be free to download .
I have got it installed and fully geared up to develop few Windows Phone Apps this time