Today, we shipped the official release of the tools for Windows Phone 7 development, including a free version of Expression Blend, especially for building applications for the phone… Get them here!
Building apps for Windows Phone using Blend, VS and Silverlight was a lot of fun before, and now it’s even better
The tools are free and come in one single package, no more separate downloads required. This is in the box:
- Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone
- Express Blend 4 for Windows Phone
- Silverlight for Windows Phone 7
- XNA Game Studio for Windows Phone 7
- Windows Phone Emulator
- Phone Registration Tool
I am sure you all know what VS, Silverlight, XNA and Expression Blend are… The phone emulator lets you test and try (and debug) your applications without having an actual phone. The phone registration tool comes into play once you have one – it lets you unlock your phone to upload your own applications.
Once you are ready to publish an application to the wide world, you also need a marketplace account.